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Tulsa Storyteller Dwight Twilley

Troubadour Dwight Twilley made a rare live appearance out west and told stories from his Shelter Records heyday in the 70's working with Leon Russell and Tom Petty
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Dwight Twilley performing on Oakland

Invoking heady mid-seventies days with late associates Leon Russell and Phil Seymour, then 65 year old Power Pop songsmith Dwight Twilley tells of the struggle getting signed by Shelter Records and making “Sincerley” his debut LP featuring the hit “On Fire” over 40 years ago.



Eventually after regaling the audience at the Starline Social Club in Oakland California with musical memories and a rare peek at his poetic process, Dwight sucks down a beer, and plays his song “Three Persons” about a thorny love triangle, in a style much like the demo was made for his Shelter Records debut.  

Down here below, we have a video towards the end of the set where Dwight invited Sarah Bethe Nelson and here band to join him on a version of “on Fire” a track he originally recorded with Phil Seymour back in 1974

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#DwightTwilley with #SarahBetheNelson #Ela #Rusty #Garrett at #StarlineSocialClub I just found some #stray phone footage that I thought would make some trippy #ThrowbackThursday or fun #FlashbackFriday moments from the night when @dwight_twilley asked @SarahBetheNelson and her band feat @Rusty_James_Miller to join him on an impromptu live #jam of #OnFire . #theSong was Twilley’s debut #breakthru 70’s #PowerPop #ShelterRecords #45RPM #PopSingle that put him on the map… Recorded in #Tulsa circa Thanksgiving 1974 with #songwriting sidekick #PhilSeymour it entered the #PopCulturePantheon and has never let go … The single was eventually released in the spring of 75, and peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1975. Got your name on the cover Though your friends are ninety-nine But you ain’t, you ain’t, you ain’t got no lover, lover, lover, lover And you ain’t, you ain’t, you ain’t got no other, other, other, other

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