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Johnny Williams


The signing of Johnny Williams at the end of 1967 represented a seas change for Twilight. The subsequent record marked Syl Johnson's first attempt as a producer and also saw the label change names, albeit ever so slightly. Walking two letters down the alphabet, Twinight was born. With the name change also came its first attempt at A&R. Williams had just finished up a one record stint at Chess and his management team, E. Rodney Jones and Pervis Spann- go figure- thought Twinight was just the company to rescue their client from the scrap heap. "Breaking Point," a sloppy funk work-out arranged by Syl's go-to guys Willie Henderson and Johnny Cameron, was the common B-side to both of Williams' Twinight singles. Both failed to chart, and before long he would reunite with Willie Henderson at the Brunswick subsidiary Bashie for two more critically ignored singles. Johnny Williams did finally hit, but it was outside of Chicago for Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International label.


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