Charlie, Last Name Wilson

Charlie, Last Name Wilson

by Charlie Wilson
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Charlie, Last Name Wilson

Although the Gap Band enjoyed their greatest commercial and creative success in the late '70s and early '80s, Charlie Wilson's influence on R&B and hip-hop continued long after that. The onetime Gap Band singer was a major influence on Guy/Aaron Hall, Keith Sweat, Bell Biv DeVoe, and other new jack swing stars who emerged in the late '80s and early '90s, and it certainly isn't hard to hear Wilson's impact on the '90s and 2000s hits of R. Kelly. But veteran R&B artists who opened doors in the past don't always have doors opened for them as they grow older; most of the R&B stars who emerged in the '70s are lucky to be recording for small indie labels in the 21st century, let alone a major label like Jive. But recording for Jive is exactly what Wilson does on 2005's Charlie, Last Name Wilson, which finds him collaborating with none other than R. Kelly. In addition to serving as executive producer, Kelly wrote, produced, and arranged three songs: "Magic," the title track, and the Stevie Wonder-ish "No Words." Kelly didn't produce the entire album -- the Platinum Brothers, T. Pain, and several others also help out -- but whoever the producer or writer is on a particular track, the obvious goal was to make Wilson sound contemporary and modern by 2005 standards. And Wilson sounds perfectly natural alongside guest Snoop Dogg on the angry "You Got Nerve" and even Justin Timberlake (who has shed some of his more bubblegum tendencies of the past) on the infectious "Floatin'." Romantic slow jams are a high priority on this CD, and grooves like "Asking Questions," "What If I'm the One," and "Let's Chill" (a remake of Guy's hit) essentially take the Gap Band's classic "Yearning for Your Love"/"Outstanding" vibe and add a big dose of hip-hop. In other words, Wilson does exactly what Kelly, Teddy Riley, Sweat, and so many of his other admirers have been doing all these years. Charlie, Last Name Wilson isn't in a class with the singer's best recordings with the Gap Band, but it's a respectable and inspired demonstration of his ability to be relevant to the hip-hop-drenched urban contemporary scene of 2005.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2005
Label: Jive
UPC: 0828766942927
catalogNumber: 69429

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Wilson   Primary Artist,Vocals,Musician
Snoop Dogg   Rap
Barry J. Eastmond   Piano
Donnie Lyle   Guitar
Pam Taylor   Background Vocals
Twista   Rap
Clarence Allen   Keyboards
Anthony King   Background Vocals   Synthesizer,Bass,Vocals,Rap
Kendall D. Nesbitt   Keyboards
Justin Timberlake   Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Cordell Walton   Musician
Eric D. Jackson   Guitar
Tank   Musician
Glenn Lewis   Background Vocals
Rodney East   Keyboards
Eritza Laues   Vocals
Debi Nova   Keyboards
Durrell Babbs   Background Vocals
Underdogs   Musician

Technical Credits

R. Kelly   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Larry Campbell   Producer
Larry Gold   String Arrangements
Greg Pagani   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Cam Wilson   Composer
Charlie Wilson   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
A. Harris   Composer
Charles McCrorey   Engineer
Daniel Hastings   Art Direction
Dave Russell   Engineer
Andre Harris   Producer
Rich Tapper   Engineer
Terence "Tramp Baby" Abney   Producer   Engineer
Kay Gee   Producer
Cordell Walton   Producer,Engineer
"You Can Ask" Giz   Engineer
Vidal Davis   Producer
C.C. Mitchell   Composer
Andy Gallas   Programming,Engineer
Ian Mereness   Programming,Engineer
Steve Bearsley   Engineer
V. Davis   Composer
Kenneth Hickson   Vocal Arrangements
Tank   Producer
Rob Herrera   Engineer
A.J. Gibbs   Composer
Platinum Brothers   Audio Production
Dabling Harward   Engineer
Jun Ishizeki   Engineer
Jason Mlodzinski   Engineer
Nathan Wheeler   Engineer
Ethan Willoughby   Engineer
Vincent Dilorenzo   Engineer
Cito Crandle   Producer
Sean Tallman   Engineer
A. Moshe Davenport   Composer
Duane Covert   Vocal Producer
Jaw Breakers   Producer
Todd "Boogie" Muhammad   Vocal Producer
Michael Paran   Management
Mark "Exit" Goodchild   Engineer
Underdogs   Producer

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Charlie, Last Name Wilson 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally some music you can actually call music. This cd is hot! his voice is better than most singers today trying to sing r&b, And the lets chill remake is very good! You need to check out this cd... Go get it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"The Man" is back and back in a major way. Charlie Wilson, lead singer of the famed Gap Band is definitely going to make sure that you don't forget his name, first or last! This new release has tracks for both the old heads and the new era. A few upbeat tracks help give a change of tempo in between the tight R&B joints, including title track "Charlie, Last Name Wilson," No Words," and a remake of the Guy hit "Let's Chill." Guest appearances by "nephews" R. Kelly, Twista, Snoop Dog, and Justin Timberlake.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first listen, Uncle Charlie's CD didn't grab me, but the more I listen to it, then the more I like it. With R. Kelly's production and Charlie's voice, many of these songs are pretty good. This CD is one of those rare ones that you can put into the CD player and listen to it straight through without skipping songs. Check it out. I think you'll like it, too.