Dicky Williams

Real Name:
Leonard Thomas Williams
Profile:
North Carolinan Dicky Williams's tenuous musical career began with "Tee Na Na" (1960) one of many nonsense-syllable, novelty singles popular in the late fifties and early sixties, but other than a few random singles in the Otis Redding/Stax vein or Chuck and Chick Willis style, Williams could not produce a debut album until a generation later with 1984's Triple Dyn-o-mite.
Red Negligee, White Whiskey & Blue Lights, Williams' second album, did not appear until another half-dozen, troublingly unproductive years had passed. The title tune was a powerful, country-influenced R&B hybrid, but the centerpiece of the collection was a song that would become Williams' signature tune, an Otis Redding-like piece of Southern Soul titled "In The Same Motel" ("I was in Room 103/ She was in Room 104") that actually foreshadowed Z. Z. Hill's "Cheating In The Next Room" (1987) and similar chitlin' circuit motel-themed classics of the late eighties and nineties.
The most fruitful period in Williams' career followed: three consecutive albums released on the small but respected R&B Indie label out of Atlanta, Ichiban Records, in the late 80's and early 90's: In Your Face (1989), I Want You For Breakfast (1991) and Full Grown Man (1995).
These obscure sets solidified Dicky Williams' underground reputation for bawdy and explicit material and put Dicky Williams in the company of many of the pioneers of contemporary Southern Soul, featuring such worthy examples of the genre as: "Come Back Pussy," "I Want You For Breakfast," "Everything Is Everything," "Beer Drinking Man" and "President Of The Blues."
In the late 90's, the Ichiban Records company failed, filing bankruptcy and leaving the artists without royalties for their work. (Ichiban was resurrected later as a hiphop label.)
Like many of that era's Southern Soul artists, Williams' career again fell on hard times. Over the next decade, while Southern Soul was beginning to flourish at Malaco, Ecko, and other indie Southern Soul labels, Williams' output languished.
Two obscure and scantily distributed collections followed over the next decade until, at last, the indie Southern Soul label CDS signed Williams to a contract and released I'm Back Again (2007). The album featured a collaboration with the blues/jazz guitarist Ken Massey and spawned a popular single, "Dog Kinda Love."
Most recently, with producer Jerry Teel, Williams released a "country-gospel" album (Unity Deep, 2011).
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Artist

Albums

ADS-1978 Dicky Williams - Tripple Dyn-O-Mite album art Dicky Williams Tripple Dyn-O-Mite(LP) Back Fire Record ADS-1978 US 1978 Sell This Version
BF-1001 Dicky Williams - Red Negligee, White Whiskey And Blue Lights album art Dicky Williams Red Negligee, White Whiskey And Blue Lights(LP, Album) Backfire BF-1001 US 1986 Sell This Version
Dicky Williams - In Your Face album art Dicky Williams In Your Face (Album) CMC Records (4) US 1989 Sell This Version
Dicky Williams - I Want You For Breakfast album art Dicky Williams I Want You For Breakfast (Album) Ichiban Records US 1991 Sell This Version
1AM1 Dicky Williams Leave Them Alone(CD) Back Fire Record 1AM1 US 1994 Sell This Version
ICH 1186-2 Dicky Williams - Full Grown Man album art Dicky Williams Full Grown Man(CD, Album) Ichiban Records ICH 1186-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
none Dicky Williams - Hell's Gonna Be Crowded album art Dicky Williams Hell's Gonna Be Crowded(CD, Album) Unity Deep Promotions none US 2011 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

1021 Dicky Williams - Tee-Na-Na / What Makes You Think You're In Love album art Dicky Williams Tee-Na-Na / What Makes You Think You're In Love(7", Single, Mono) Vin 1021 US 1960 Sell This Version
Dicky Williams - I'll Be Standing By / Born To Sing album art Dickie Williams* I'll Be Standing By / Born To Sing Old Town Records US 1974 Sell This Version
3007 Dicky Williams - Two Women / You Got A Good Thing Going album art Dicky Williams Two Women / You Got A Good Thing Going(7", Single) Ace Records (3) 3007 US 1975 Sell This Version
DM 4580 Dicky Williams - Black Woman album art Dicky Williams Black Woman(7", Single) Shirbam Record Corp. DM 4580 US 1975 Sell This Version
19110 Dicky Williams - Touching You  album art Dicky Williams Touching You (7", Promo) Sirco 19110 US 1984 Sell This Version
45-1004 Dicky Williams - It's Christmas Time Again / I Truly Love You album art Dicky Williams It's Christmas Time Again / I Truly Love You(7") Bad (2) 45-1004 US 1986 Sell This Version
BF-407, BF 407-P Dicky Williams - (Let Me Love You) Before We Make Love  album art Dicky Williams And "Midnight Passion" Band And Show* Dicky Williams And "Midnight Passion" Band And Show* - (Let Me Love You) Before We Make Love (12", Maxi) Backfire, Backfire BF-407, BF 407-P US 1988 Sell This Version
89-514 Dicky Williams - Come Back Pussy album art Dicky Williams Come Back Pussy(7", Single) CMC Records (4) 89-514 US 1989 Sell This Version
Dicky Williams - I Want You For Breakfast album art Dicky Williams I Want You For Breakfast (Single) Ichiban Records US 1991 Sell This Version
Dicky Williams - In The Same Motel album art Dicky Williams In The Same Motel (Single) Bad (2) US Unknown Sell This Version
M-8168-T Dicky Williams - That's Where True Love Began album art Dicky (Piano) Williams* & The Wisermen Dicky (Piano) Williams* & The Wisermen - That's Where True Love Began(7") Metro Records Inc M-8168-T US Unknown Sell This Version
101 /102 Dicky Williams - Tear On Your Cheek / Honey Babe album art Dicky Williams Tear On Your Cheek / Honey Babe(7", Single) Aztec Recording Co. 101 /102 US Unknown Sell This Version
PRC-4002 Dicky Williams - Fat Girls album art Dicky Williams Fat Girls(7", Single) Gold Thumb PRC-4002 US Unknown Sell This Version
PL 108 Dicky Williams - Heartache Hill album art Dickey (Piano) Williams* And The Three Wise Men (4) Dickey (Piano) Williams* And The Three Wise Men (4) - Heartache Hill(7", Single) Pledge Recordings PL 108 US Unknown Sell This Version
ASD 2000 Dicky Williams - You Get Out Of Life What You Put In / Old Baldhead Man album art Dickey Williams* You Get Out Of Life What You Put In / Old Baldhead Man(7", Single) Arrest Records (2) ASD 2000 US Unknown Sell This Version
90-603 Dicky Williams - I Wanna Know Why album art Dicky Williams I Wanna Know Why(7", Single) CMC Records (4) 90-603 US Unknown Sell This Version
3012-14 Dicky Williams - Which A Way Lord / Finally Together album art Dicky Williams Which A Way Lord / Finally Together(7") Ken-Cat Records Inc. 3012-14 Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

none Dicky Williams - Where Would I Be Without My Woman? album art Dicky Williams Where Would I Be Without My Woman?(CD, Album, Comp) Bald Eagle (2) none US 1996 Sell This Version

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