Lillo Thomas

Lillo Thomas

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R'n'B singer - songwriter - painter - athlete
Born in 1961 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Before his mid-80's singing career he was a highly succesful athlete, qualified for the 1984 Olympics (at sixteen, he set the world record for the 200 metres at 20.8 seconds). An automobile accident in Brazil stopped his athletic career but started his singing career in soul music. He landed a solo recording deal at Capitol Records via his session singing with [Invalid Artist], Kashif, Howard Johnson, James Ingram, George Benson and Melba Moore (for whom he wrote "Mind Up Tonight", No.25 in the R'n'B Charts, No.17 in Hot Dance Charts and No.22 in U.K. chart). He became one of the leading soul stars of the New York Hush sound. His debut album (No.23 in R'n'B charts) produced by Paul Laurence, in 1983, included "(You're A) Good Girl" (No.22 in R'n'B chart) and "Who Do You Think You Are?" as well as his own take on the 1970 Temptations classic "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" (No.79 in R'n'B chart). His second album (No.9 in R'n'B charts and No.102 in Pop Charts) produced by [Invalid Artist] followed, in 1984, from which "Settle Down" was a No.66 UK hit and No.60 in U.S. R'n'B chart in 1985 as well as "Your Love's Got A Hold On Me" (No.11 R'n'B chart and the closest he came to a pop crossover in US - No.102 U.S. Pop Chart). The album, also featured the track "I Like Your Style" which received heavy airplay on the better U.K. soul stations and his duet with Melba Moore "(Can't Take Half) All Of You" (No.28 in R'n'B chart) as well as his cover on the 1964 Temptations classic "My Girl". The same year he recorded with Melba Moore on "When You Love Me Like This" . Then toured with comedian Eddie Murphy in 1985. His commercial peak came with the four singles of his third album (No.10 in R'n'B charts) in 1987: the self produced "Downtown" (No.11 in R'n'B chart), the Paul Laurence-produced "Wanna Make Love (All Night Long)" (No.7 in R'n'B charts), his biggest ever hit "I'm In Love" (No.2 in r'n'b charts and No.54 hit in U.K.) and "Sexy Girl" (No.9 in R'n'B charts and No.23 U.K. hit) both last two produced and written by Timmy Allen and Paul Laurence. In 1992 he released a self produced and written single "Out There Doing Wrong" and in 2010 he returned with a comeback album, produced by himself and Paul Laurence. Outside of his music and sports career Lillo has a talent for drawing. At a Manhattan exhibition, one of his drawings caused controversy as it depicted a guy melting away while sitting on a chair. He called it 'Beginning Of The End' and wouldn't sell it when offered $500. He also once played himself in 'Champaign', a Brazilian soap opera, during which he sang "Just My Imagination".
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Lillo Thomas Discography

Albums

Lillo Thomas Let Me Be Yours (Album) Capitol Records, EMI Brazil 1983 Sell This Version
Lillo Thomas All Of You (Album) Capitol Records US 1984 Sell This Version
Lillo Thomas Lillo (Album) Capitol Records, EMI Brazil 1987 Sell This Version
FIT02547-2 Lillo Thomas Come And Get It(CD, Album) Fitingo Music FIT02547-2 US 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Lillo* (You're A) Good Girl (Single) Capitol Records UK 1983 Sell This Version
Lillo Thomas I Love It (Special Remix) (Single) Capitol Records UK 1983 Sell This Version
Lillo Thomas Who Do You Think You Are? Capitol Records US 1983 Sell This Version
B-5313 Lillo Thomas Hot Love(7") Capitol Records B-5313 US 1983 Sell This Version
31C 006 86831 Lillo Thomas Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)(7", Single) Capitol Records 31C 006 86831 Brazil 1983 Sell This Version
Lillo Thomas (Can't Take Half) All Of You Capitol Records, Capitol Records US 1984 Sell This Version
Lillo Thomas Featuring Melba Moore Lillo Thomas Featuring Melba Moore - All Of You Capitol Records US 1984 Sell This Version
Lillo Thomas Your Love's Got A Hold On Me (Single) Capitol Records US 1984 Sell This Version
Lillo Thomas Settle Down (Single) Capitol Records UK 1984 Sell This Version
1A 20 0351 7, 1A 006.2003517 Lillo Thomas Featuring Melba Moore Lillo Thomas Featuring Melba Moore - You Are My Love(7") Capitol Records, Capitol Records 1A 20 0351 7, 1A 006.2003517 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
Melba Moore Featuring Lillo Thomas Melba Moore Featuring Lillo Thomas - When You Love Me Like This Capitol Records UK 1985 Sell This Version
Lillo Thomas Sexy Girl (Single) Capitol Records, Capitol Records UK 1987 Sell This Version
Lillo Thomas I'm In Love (Single) Capitol Records, EMI US 1987 Sell This Version
Lillo Thomas Wanna Make Love (All Night Long) Capitol Records US 1987 Sell This Version
Lillo Thomas Downtown (Single) Capitol Records UK 1987 Sell This Version
Lillo Thomas Out There Doing Wrong (Single) THG Music US 1992 Sell This Version

Compilations

M 44005 2 Lillo Thomas The Best Of Lillo Thomas(CD, Album, Comp) Mars Entertainment Corporation M 44005 2 US 1999 Sell This Version
001102 Lillo Thomas The Very Best Of Lillo Thomas(CDr, Comp, Ltd) The Finest Records 001102 US 2001 Sell This Version
FIT-40451-0 Lillo Thomas Greatest Hits(CD, Comp) Fitingo Music FIT-40451-0 US 2012 Sell This Version