Lillo Thomas. (born 1961, Brooklyn, New York, United States), is an American former Olympic-qualifying athlete and later a soul musician. He reached the peak of his success as a recording artist in the 1980s. His most famous songs include “Sexy Girl” and “I’m in Love.”
Early in his life, Thomas’s goal was running. He set the world record for the 200 meters at the age of sixteen. As a member of the U.S. track and field team, he qualified for the 1984 Olympics, but was not able to attend after a car accident in Brazil.
Thomas quickly established his musical career. His first album, released in 1983 on Capitol Records, charted at #23 on the R&B Albums record charts. Let Me Be Yours also launched his first solo hit, “(You’re A) Good Girl”, which peaked at #90 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. Also a successful session vocalist, he worked with Evelyn “Champagne” King, Kashif, James Ingram, and George Benson, but developed a special relationship with Melba Moore. He wrote the song “Mind Up Tonight” for her and joined her on tour in 1984 as her protege. That same year, he released his second solo album, “All of You”, which climbed to #9 on the R&B Albums chart and also reached #186 on the Billboard 200.
In 1985, Thomas toured with comedian Eddie Murphy, but 1987 was the pinnacle of success for his music career when his album Lillo released to become #10 on the R&B Albums chart and launched his most successful single, “I’m in Love.” The song reached #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. Two other singles charted, with “Downtown” reaching #11 and “Sexy Girl” reaching #9 on the same chart.
This US 12″ single gathered the City Mix and Radio Mix (Frank Del Rio & Victor Flores) of “Downtown” with the Taxi Mix (Billy Carroll) of “Downtown” and Uptown Mix (Brian “Chuck” New) of “I’m In Love”.
Downtown (City Mix) 7:26
Downtown (Radio Mix) 4:25
Downtown (Taxi Mix) 7:55
I’m In Love (Uptown Mix) 6:47