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Double Exposure is an American, Philadelphia-based disco and soul group. They are best known for their 1976 hit, "Ten Percent".

Band members were Leonard Davis, Joe Harris, Chuck Whittington, and Jimmy Williams and they recorded for the Salsoul record label.

Their 1976 album Ten Percent featured a pair of major club hits with the title track's remix by Walter Gibbons being the first commercially available 12-inch single.

Before signing to Salsoul, the band were known as United Image and recorded on the Stax Records label.



The group formed in 1961 with Leonard "Butch" Davis, Chuck Whittington, Jimmy Williams and Joe Harris. They were originally known as the United Image and released two singles, "Love's Creeping Up on Me" on Stax Records in 1971 and "The African Bump" on Branding Iron Records in 1972.

They were signed to Salsoul Records in 1975 and released their debut album, Ten Percent in 1976. The album featured the title track, which was remixed by Walter Gibbons and reached No. 54 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the dance/disco charts. The tracks "Everyman (Has to Carry His Own Weight)" and "My Love Is Free" were also popular club songs.

In 2001, a dance group called M&S used samples from Double Exposure's "Everyman" in their song called "Salsoul Nugget".

The group are currently, as of September 2008, recording new material, including an Eli/Dixon/Green composition called "Soul Recession"/Soultronics Records at Eli's Studio E facility in Philadelphia. Some original Salsoul/Philly/TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)/MFSB (Gamble and Huff) session musicians have appeared on "Soul Recession", including Earl Young, Bobby Eli, Dennis Harris, T.G. Conway, Jimmy Williams and Rikki Hicks. There is an anticipated CD/12" release soon with a number of tracks and alternative mixes, including ones by legendary mixers Tom Moulton and John Morales. Jimmy Williams died in October 2016.


Studio albums

Year Title Peak chart positions Record label
1976 Ten Percent 129 40 Salsoul
1978 Fourplay
1979 Locker Room
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  • The Best of Double Exposure (Charly, 1999)
  • The Anthology (Suss'd, 2006)
  • My Love Is Free: The Best of Double Exposure (Koch, 2006)

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