Dwight Twilley (b. June 6, 1951) is a veteran and influential power pop/rock singer-songwriter, pianist, guitarist, and producer who became famous beginning in the mid 1970s. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he began in 1967 writing songs and recording with fellow musician Phil Seymour (May 15, 1952 - August 17, 1993) under the name Oister. Both Twilley and Seymour shared lead vocals and harmonies, with Seymour on drums and bass, Twilley on guitar and piano, and touring band members that included Bill Pitcock IV who played lead guitar on many songs. In 1974, they signed with Shelter Records and were renamed The Dwight Twilley Band. They went on to became one of power pop's top acts with a unique sound that combined British-influenced pop, rock, country, and harder-edged rockabilly. The band released two critically acclaimed albums, "Sincerely" (1976) and its follow-up, "Twilley Don't Mind" (1977), and amassed a loyal fan base over the years. Twilley wrote all the songs for The Dwight Twilley Band as well as subsequent solo hits.
The Dwight Twilley Band debuted on the Pop/Rock charts in 1975 with the catchy rocker, "I'm On Fire," which reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was followed by "You Were So Warm" (1975) and "Twilley Don't Mind" (1977). After The Dwight Twilley Band split in 1978, Twilley and Seymour both went on to pursue solo careers. Twilley re-emerged on the charts in the early 1980s with "Somebody To Love" (1982) and "Little Bit Of Love" (1984) and scored another Top 20 hit in 1984 with the effervescent "Girls" featuring guest vocals by Tom Petty. Other songs for which Twilley is well known include "Feeling In The Dark" (from The Dwight Twilley Band album, "Sincerely") and the Petty-backed "Looking For The Magic" which has been featured in "You're Next" (2013) and various other movies and TV shows. Phil Seymour, who provided backing vocals to Tom Petty's "Breakdown" and "American Girl," had a Top 40 hit in 1981 with his self-penned "Precious To Me."
Since his commercial peak during the mid 1970s through early 1980s, Dwight Twilley has continued to record and tour actively to the present day. His more recent albums include the double CD, "The Best Of Twilley: The Tulsa Years, 1999-2016" (2016), which was released through his own label, Big Oak Records.
- For more info about Dwight Twilley and his latest projects, visit dwighttwilley.com.
- Dwight Twilley discusses the ups and downs of the music business and other topics in an interview with Fred Mills on blurtonline.com (ca. 2002).
- The Los Angeles Times remembers Phil Seymour.
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Dwight Twilley Band
- I'm On Fire 1975
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