Dwight Twilley, Energy Pop Pioneer, Lifeless at 72

Dwight Twilley, the singer-songwriter recognized for power-pop hits equivalent to ‘I’m on Fireplace’ and ‘Ladies’, has died on the age of 72. His demise was confirmed in a assertion from Tulsa’s Church Studio. “He peacefully departed this world, surrounded by the love of his life, Jan, and shut pals,” it reads. “The loss is immeasurable, and our phrases can’t seize the depth of our grief. Dwight’s musical prowess touched numerous lives, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of many. We’re profoundly grateful for the enduring musical legacy he has bestowed upon us all.”

Twilley was born on June 6, 1951, in Tulsa, Oklahome, the place he met Phil Seymour and fashioned the group Oister within the late Nineteen Sixties. The duo finally determined to depart Tulsa and ventured to Memphis, Tennessee to pursue skilled recording. The primary studio they wandered into was Solar Studios, the place they met Sam Phillips’ son Jerry, who referred them to former Solar artist and producer Ray Harris. The duo credited Harris for introducing them to rockabilly and “roughing up their Beatles-obsessed fashion a bit,” per Twilley’s official web site.

In 1974, Twilley and Seymour went to Los Angeles and signed to Shelter Information, co-owned by Denny Cordell and Tulsa’s Leon Russell. The label modified their identify from Oister to the Dwight Twilley Band, whose debut single ‘I’m on Fireplace’, recorded at Church Studios, reached No. 16 on the Billboard charts in 1975. The Dwight Twilley Band put out two studio albums, Sincerely and Twilley Don’t Thoughts, which featured an look from their good friend and label mate Tom Petty. The band broke up in 1978.

Twilley continued his profession as a solo act. In 1984, he launched the album Jungle and scored one other top-20 hit with ‘Ladies’. The Nice Misplaced Twilley Album, which compiled early unreleased songs Twilley and Seymour had recorded for Shelter, got here out in 1993. Twilley launched his last album, All the time, in 2014.


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