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Tyrone Davis

The king of romantic Chicago soul, Tyrone Davis' warm, aching vulnerability and stylish class made him especially popular with female soul fans during a lengthy hitmaking run that lasted throughout the '70s. Best known for the classics "Can I Change My Mind" and "Turn Back the Hands of Time," Davis was a versatile baritone singer who could handle everything from pop-soul to funk to bluesy chitlin-circuit R&B, but smooth soul was his true bread and butter. Once Davis broke through in the late '60s, he never really stopped recording; although the R&B chart hits dried up by the early '80s, he was still going strong into the new millennium, decades after his first single was released.

Tyrone Davis was born May 4, 1938, in Greenville, MS; he spent most of his formative years in Saginaw, MI, and moved to Chicago in 1959, where he eventually found a job as a valet and chauffeur for bluesman Freddie King. He befriended the likes of Bobby "Blue" Bland, Little Milton, and Otis Clay, among others, and began to pursue his own singing career in the clubs on the city's West and South Sides. Singer/pianist Harold Burrage took Davis under his wing and helped him refine his craft, and the budding blues shouter got his first shot in 1965 on the Four Brothers label. His first single, "Suffer," was recorded under the name Tyrone the Wonder Boy and written and produced by Burrage, as was the follow-up "Good Company." Unfortunately, Burrage passed away in late 1966, and after one more single Davis moved on to cut one-offs for Sack and ABC. He found a home at Carl Davis' new label Dakar in 1968, when a Texas DJ flipped his first release over and started playing the B-side, "Can I Change My Mind." Showcasing Davis' lovelorn pleading to best effect, the song went all the way to number one on the R&B charts, and reached the pop Top Five as well.

Teamed with producer/arranger Willie Henderson, who'd masterminded "Can I Change My Mind," Davis capitalized on his breakthrough with a string of orchestrated hits that emphasized his new, smoother style, and helped point the way for Chicago soul into a new decade. "Is It Something You've Got" reached the R&B Top Five in 1969, and it was followed in 1970 by the sublime "Turn Back the Hands of Time." It was his second R&B number one, and also his biggest hit on the pop charts with a peak at number three; plus, the accompanying album of the same name ranks among the best soul LPs of its time, producing two more hits in the R&B Top Ten "I'll Be Right Here" and "Let Me Back In." Davis hit the R&B Top 40 with steady regularity over the next few years, including the Top Tens "Could I Forget You," "I Had It All the Time," "Without You in My Life," and "There It Is." In 1975, he scored his third number one R&B hit with "Turning Point," but left Dakar for Columbia the following year.

Davis' ballad mastery was a main selling point for Columbia, which made his backing orchestrations even lusher than before, but he also made the occasional concession to contemporary dance trends, which informed his debut Columbia hit "Give It Up (Turn It Loose)," a number two R&B single from 1976. Further successes followed in "This I Swear" (1977), "Get On Up (Disco)" (1978), and the slinky ballad "In the Mood" (1979). Davis recorded his final album for Columbia in 1981, then switched to Highrise, where he promptly landed a Top Five R&B hit -- his last, as it turned out -- with "Are You Serious" in 1982. Short stints with Ocean-Front and Prelude followed before Davis settled in with Future for the latter half of the '80s. He spent the first half of the '90s on retro-soul label Ichiban, recording several albums, and then moved to Southern soul imprint Malaco in 1996 for an equally productive stay that lasted into the new millennium. Davis continued to release new albums every year or two, and toured the soul/blues circuit as restlessly as ever. Tyrone Davis suffered a stroke in October of 2004 and remained hospitalized until his death in February of 2005. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: For The Good Times

Disc 1

1. I've Never Found A Girl

2. For The Good Times

3. I Love You Baby

4. You Made Me Beautiful

5. Comin' Back Baby

6. Turn Back The Hands Of Time

7. It's So Good (To Be Home With You)

8. Can I Change My Mind

9. Crossfire

10. You're Heaven Sent

11. My Place

12. It's All Over Now

Disc 2

1. Running In And Out Of My Life

2. I'm Learning

3. You Stay On My Mind

4. Let Me Be Your Pacifier

5. I Found Myself When I Lost You

6. All Because Of Your Love

7. I Won't Let Go

8. I'll Always Love You

11. Do U Still Love Me

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Track List: Come To Daddy

1. Dogg

2. Banging The Headboard

3. Come To Daddy

4. Tease

5. Rock Me

6. Whip Appeal

7. Slide On Over

8. Back That Thang Up

9. Wrong Place

10. You Are

11. I Wake Up Crying

12. The Ties That Bind

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Track List: Relaxin' With Tyrone

1. Sugar Daddy

2. Kiss You

3. He'll Never Love You

4. Sure Wasn't Me

5. Leavin' Me

6. What's A Man To Do

7. Power

8. Can't Help But Say

9. Family Affair

10. Tribute To Johnnie Taylor

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Can I Change My Mind

2. A Woman Needs To Be Loved

3. Is It Something You've Got

4. Turn Back The Hands Of Time

5. I Keep Coming Back

6. I'll Be Right Here

7. Let Me Back In

8. Could I Forget You

10. You Keep Me Holding On

11. I Had It All The Time

12. Without You In My Life

13. There It Is

15. Homewreckers

16. It's So Good (To Be Home With You)

17. Turning Point

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Track List: The Best Of Tyrone Davis: In The Mood

1. In The Mood

2. Let's Be Closer Together

3. Close To You

4. Leave Well Enough Alone

5. Give It Up (Turn It Loose)

6. I Got Carried Away

7. I Can't Wait

8. This I Swear

9. Ain't Nothing I Can Do

10. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

13. Be With Me

14. Can't You Tell It's Me

15. Beware, Beware

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Track List: Turn Back The Hands Of Time

1. Turn Back The Hands Of Time

3. Let Me Back In

4. Love Bones

5. I'll Be Right Here

7. Undying Love

8. Just Because Of You

10. I Keep Coming Back

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Tyrone will get them panties off.....
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Tyrone...... . . . . w a s a bad man....still is
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Still cold
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Unsung next season of Tyrone Davis...
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Rock me baby
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Love it T. D.
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She's lying cuz she wants you, like we all do. Low down sister.
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Respect the Masters. Any one can try.
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I'm Betty love me some Tyrone
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Who, in the hell was it ??
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It sure wasn't me
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Cynthia McNair, Tyrone I love you're love making music.. Love you.
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Tyrone Davis close to u
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Didn't see my face if u didn't come up and touch me it wasn't me:)
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This a straight OG! Respect!
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Leave a comment…
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Romantic
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Thank GOD for you PANDORA! Real music love the blue's!!!!!
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On s**t
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Now this was music that you could get in the mood or dance to.
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Leave me ��
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Kiss me��
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I like Tyrone Davis music.and song
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Tease high school love
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My. My my
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Turn Back the Hands of Time~by Tyrone Davis - oldie but goodie sounding good!
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Happy Friday! Pandora making this a good Friday. Nice day for some crawfish n Heinekens.
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Every Sunday afternoon my grandparents would jam this..love this hit
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I truly remember this back in the days also sound good.Love all his music.
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Tyrone Davis...so.. . s o . . . s m o o t h
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Like 50 years ago!!
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Rip....Love You...Miss The Concerts
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back
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Wish they gave second chances!!
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I MRS PARKER GROW UP ON THAT SONG in the 608.
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I grew up on t.d. in. The. 601. In. Mississippi. In the hole in the wall. Clubs. Hi hat. San flat. San hill. Red cap. Dame. Long ago
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Hum.
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Layed. Back. In. Laural. Mississippi. R.i .p. My. Friend
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Mississippi. Man. R.i.p. my. Friend
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Damm. U no it
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Leaving, me..(?)
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Love you too
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See you at unsung Tyrone Davis?...
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I was raised up on TD. My mom played it every Friday.Thank you mom for raising me up on such great �� and good memories��
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GrownFOLKS here! It's So Good To Be Home With You..by Tyrone Davis.
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Have -2-keep a candy man on a very good chain no what I mean
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Tyrone Davis, Friday and a nice strong drink hello.
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This music was good memories
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I,will always love.. (*) myself''.if I don't who will.!?
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Leaving, me can't be.''(?).if you leave, don't come back.....
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