Charlie Wilson is best known for his singing on a string of indelible '80s hits for the Gap Band. In the last decade, he has also been a consistent presence on the Adult R&B chart, and a number of rappers have showed their appreciation for his work by including him as a featured vocalist on their tracks.
The latest homage to Wilson comes from the electronic duo DJDS, who shared a different rendition of "You Don't Have To Be Alone" today on SoundCloud. "When making our song 'You Don't Have To Be Alone' we sampled the voice of Charlie Wilson from a record he did in 2005," they noted. "What by every law of music industry bureaucracy should have ended up as a sample clearing nightmare somehow then turned into a dream collaboration for us. We owe that to the man himself who heard the song and thought we could expand on it together. We got together in the studio in Los Angeles, wrote and recorded new vocals, and created a new version of the song. You can hear it now. Thank you Charlie."
Listen below, and read DJDS' recent interview with The FADER.