Why Can’t We Live Together Timmy Thomas (Glades/TK Records, 1972)
Notable for its sparse production, the song featured only a Lowrey organ, percussion from an early rhythmic machine and Thomas’ vocals. Why Can’t We Live Together was first sang as an improvised song in his nightclub, The Denisse Lounge. After a positive reception, Thomas sat down to write it as a full song. He recorded a demo at a Miami studio. TK Records staff producer Steve Alaimo re-cut Why Can’t We Live Together with a full band, but changed his mind and left the song the way it was. Why Can’t We Live Together hit number one of the R&B chart and #3 on the Pop chart. It peaked at #12 in the UK. It also sold over 2 million copies.