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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, Rovi
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I always think this when I see the love I lost,I WISH IT WAS ME LOVE!!
This is one of my favorite songs of all time R.I.P T.D
ONE OF MY FAVORITE BLUES SINGER ...
I like Trone Davis songs
Sunday evening music
tyrone is one of my favorites.as always thank you.
I'm sure that all my music comes from great Artist's and I love all of song I sleep by music. I in love with all it.
Great The beauty of my old school
419 loves this music
Great music grew up on his music
Dame. T.d. So many Memories. In the 601.
a601divaiam
If I could turn back the hands of time AMS....��
Yea sing it TD!
love love love
Great music
Great music
Chicago's Greatest Tyrone Davis I love all of his music
Memories of visitin Waynesboro,M i s s i s s i p p i had grand time from Dayton,Ohio
My mother's favorite, loads of memories from when we was in Mississippi: - )
Tyrone Davis...so.. s o smooth
Nothing better then a sunday meal and some Tyrone Davis to enjoy your day!
I like this song
STILL SOUNDS GOOD T. D. RIP FROM THELMA FROM THE "305"
I am so lucky to be born in that era as I grew with this sweet sweet sounds as
In the mood and ain't nothing i can do is truly sensuous candy to the ear
Younger but grew up with family playing Tyrone Davis love his music tells a story and teaches every song RIP
A good woman,or good lovemaking will keep a man holding on.(real talk)
Oh how. I wish it was me in the. 601
Oh yea
Never be. The Sam
Yes,yes. Slow& easy
LOVE YOUR MUSIC....
My. Man. T. D. We. Love. Your. Sounds. Me. And. My dad in. The 601. R.i.p. Raymond. My. Dad.
love TD music
I always love his music
Baby let's turn back these hands of time woo.
Keep read baby.!!!
Sandra love Tyron Davis all l can yum yum yes yes
Saw. Tyrone Davis. In the hi hat club Hattiesburge Mississippi.
Just like Bobby Womack , i can understand it, Oh hell yes. !!!! L WALKER
Yum. Yum. Yes yes
One of the greatest:-)
R. I.p My friend. It will never be the Same.
Growing up in the very southern part of FL in the late '50's and early '60's the only black music we heard was late night radio WLAC that played Blues and R&B. This became my exposure to artists such as B.B.King, Bobby Bland, Tyrone, ZZ Hill J.T. and many others to list here. I'll always be grateful for their music. Bluse is in my blood because of them...LOL!
My. Dad had. Me listening to Td went to see Him at a young age. Never. Got it. Mdn. Mississippi Memory
Throw back. Wednesday in kimper. Country miss
Kiss. U. Where I miss u. Squeeze. U. Boy. & tease u
Memories Tyrone Davis the man
R. I p. my dad. And myself. Listen saw. U in concert in. Meridian. Mississippi. In. 1975.
"Ain't Nothing I Can Do"Smoove-Mo o v e - B l u e z z z
Choicez-Are- N e v e r - T o - B e - R e g r e t z
Just-Know-Br o k e n - H e a r t z - M e n d
LOVE+S Disciple*978 * 1 * 3 2 k ~ ~9m14y~
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