Here's a tribute to one of the more underrated Miami soul sisters, Lynn Williams. She was just a teenager when she started her career, with singles on the Dade and Suncut labels.
"I'll Except" (sic) is my favorite Williams single, and one I've played during my d.j. spots for the Hitsville Soul Club. It's a brilliant mixture of Miami soul, girl group innocence, and even (dare I say it) a garage band vibe. Wonderful, except for the terrible spelling on the label! "Don't Be Surprise" is a remake of a song first recorded by the Diamonettes on the Alston label, backed by a song co-written by Williams, a pre-Sunshine Band Harry Wayne Casey, and the versatile Arnold Albury.
Arnold Albury was Lynn's manager and co-producer, and hooked her up with songwriters/producers Willie Clarke and Clarence Reid... and their boss man at the fledgling TK Productions, Henry Stone. Next up was a remake of Sam Early's "You Are The Greatest Of Them All", with the title shortened... and Early grabbing a co-producer's credit with Albury. Local funk and soul band The Rising Sun provided the musical backing. (It didn't hurt that Henry Stone received songwriting royalties for the tune.) The flip, "It Takes Two", was an Albury original, not related to Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston's earlier hit with that title.
"You Are The Greatest" was resurrected in 1974, as the B-side of "Kisses, Kisses, Kisses", another song written by Harry Wayne Casey. This was before his runaway success as leader of KC & The Sunshine Band. "Kisses" was one of the first releases on the TK label.
Chocolate Perry entered the scene in 1975, arranging and co-producing a song that Clarence Reid had written, "Is It Possible". The flip, "Theme For Vanilla", was a tribute to Lynn's mother, WMBM disc jockey Vanilla Williams, who died of cancer on December 3, 1973. She was just 35.
Photos of Vanilla Williams, and Lynn on stage at the Tee-To-Green Club (1972) from Lynn Williams' Facebook page.