1980 Ali Thomson – Take A Little Rhythm
Ali Thomson was born in Scotland in 1959. His older brother Doug was in several bands, first The Alan Brown Set and then Supertramp, and that encouraged Ali to pursue his own career in music. He sang and played piano in a few regional bands before moving to London in the mid-seventies.
Ali began working in the office of Mountain Records and eventually stepped up to a job as a songwriter. Doug set up an audition for Ali with A&M Records, and Ali moved to California and began recording a solo album. The title track was Take A Little Rhythm. They released the song as a single in the Summer of 1980. It reached #15 on the Hot 100 and did even better on the Adult Contemporary (AC) chart, where it got as high as #4. The record also reached #12 in the UK.
The second single from his album was Live Every Minute. The single peaked at #39 on the AC chart, but only reached #42 on the Hot 100. Ali recorded a second album in 1981, but it doesn’t look like A&M Records was confident enough to even release any singles from the album.
Ali continued to write songs that other artists recorded. Gary Wright was a member of Spooky Tooth and played keyboards on George Harrison’s solo albums in the seventies. Gary’s had a pair of singles each reach #2 on the Hot 100 in 1976, after which his solo career faded. In 1981 he recorded a song Ali wrote, I Really Want To Know You. The single peaked at #16, becoming a Lost or Forgotten Oldie, and became Gary’s last record to reach the Hot 100.
In 2020, Ali released a CD in Japan that included ten new recordings and a new version of Take A Little Rhythm. The CD is now also available from his homepage, http://alithomson.com/
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