Ali Thomson

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Ali Thomson (born 1959 in Glasgow) is a Scottish singer-songwriter. His brother is Doug Thomson, of the Alan Bown Set and Supertramp. Ali began singing and playing piano in local bands and moved to London in the 1970s where he worked for Mountain Records[1] as an office helphand.

Ali signed to A&M Records in the UK and recorded two albums. The first album was entitled Take a Little Rhythm, and the title track was a hit in the USA, peaking at #10 on the Radio & Records chart,[2] #15 on the Billboard singles chart in the summer of 1980 and also peaking at #4 on the Adult Contemporary charts.[3] The song reached no. 12 in the Hitline chart on 21/01/1980 on London's Capital Radio in the UK.

A second single, "Live Every Minute", did not make the USA Top 40.[1] Thomson also co-wrote Gary Wright's last hit, 1981's "Really Wanna Know You". Ali continues to work in the industry as a songwriter, writing tunes for artists such as A1, Brian Kennedy, Steps, and Lisa Stansfield.



  1. ^ a b Biography, Allmusic erroneously states that Thomson worked for Mountain as a songwriter.
  2. ^ Radio & Records, August 1, 1980.
  3. ^ Joel Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. 7th edn, 2000

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