Tyrone Davis

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Tyrone Davis
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Tyrone Davis in 1970
Background information
Birth nameTyrone Fettson
Also known asTyrone the Wonder Boy
Born(1938-05-04)May 4, 1938
Greenville, Mississippi
DiedFebruary 9, 2005(2005-02-09) (aged 66)
Chicago, Illinois
Genresblues, Soul, R&B, Chicago soul
Occupation(s)singer
Years activeEarly 1960s–2004
LabelsDakar, Columbia, Highrise, Ocean Front, Future, Ichiban, Malaco
 
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Tyrone Davis
Tyrone Davis oct 1970.jpg
Tyrone Davis in 1970
Background information
Birth nameTyrone Fettson
Also known asTyrone the Wonder Boy
Born(1938-05-04)May 4, 1938
Greenville, Mississippi
DiedFebruary 9, 2005(2005-02-09) (aged 66)
Chicago, Illinois
Genresblues, Soul, R&B, Chicago soul
Occupation(s)singer
Years activeEarly 1960s–2004
LabelsDakar, Columbia, Highrise, Ocean Front, Future, Ichiban, Malaco

Tyrone Davis (May 4, 1938 – February 9, 2005),[1] born Tyrone Fettson,[2] was a leading American blues and soul singer with a distinctive style, recording a long list of hit records over a period of more than 20 years. He had three no. 1 hits on the Billboard R&B chart: "Can I Change My Mind" (1968), "Turn Back The Hands Of Time" (1970), and "Turning Point" (1975).

Career[edit]

Tyrone Fettson was born in Greenville, Mississippi to Willie Branch and Ora Lee Jones. He moved with his father to Saginaw, Michigan, before moving to Chicago in 1959.

Working as a valet/chauffeur for blues singer Freddie King, he started singing in local clubs where he was discovered by record executive/musician Harold Burrage. His early records for small record labels in the city, billed as "Tyrone the Wonder Boy",[3] failed to register. Successful Chicago record producer Carl Davis signed him in 1968 to a new label, Dakar Records that he was starting as part of a distribution deal with Atlantic, and suggested that he use the stage name Tyrone Davis.[2] His first release, "A Woman Needs To Be Loved" was flipped when the b-side started to get radio attention. The song, "Can I Change My Mind" featured a change of vocal style for Davis with a softer, more pleading approach and tone. The record now shot up the listings and spent three weeks on the top of the Billboard R&B chart while climbing to #5 in the Hot 100. It sold over one million and received gold disc recognition.[4] His biggest hit came in early 1970 when "Turn Back The Hands Of Time" also reached #1 in the R&B chart and went up to #3 in the Hot 100 pop chart. Written by Jack Daniels and Bonnie Thompson, this disc also sold over one million copies, and received a gold disc awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America in May 1970.[4]

Davis released about 25 singles during his seven years with Dakar, most of them big R&B sellers produced by Willie Henderson. He finally returned to the top spot with "Turning Point" in 1975. Soon afterwards, Davis switched to the major Columbia record label and recorded seven albums over the next five years with producer Leo Graham and arranger James Mack who had collaborated with him for "Turning Point". Major hits with Columbia included "Give It Up" (#2), "This I Swear" (#6), and "In The Mood" (#6,1979). Dubbed the "king of romantic Chicago soul" by MTV, Davis' perceived vulnerability and class endeared him to female soul fans through the 70's.[5]

1982 brought a change of label to the newly established independent, Highrise and another major hit, "Are You Serious" (#3 R&B, #57 pop), again produced by Leo Graham, and written by L.V. Johnson.[6] When Highrise closed the following year, Davis switched to a tiny Los Angeles label Ocean Front which lacked promotional muscle to get behind arguably one of his best performances, "Let Me Be Your Pacifier". Davis' days as a major chart act were over but he continued to be a popular live attraction and finally signed in 1996 with Malaco Records, the southern-based blues label recording him on a number of albums. He also performed on a PBS special on 70s soul music in 2004, singing "If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time".

A stroke in September 2004 ended his career, and following complications he died in a Chicago hospital on February 9, 2005 at the age of 66.[1] He left a widow, Ann, to whom he had been married for over 40 years, and several children and grandchildren.[2]

His younger sister, Jean Davis, was a member of the group, Facts of Life.

Discography[edit]

Chart singles[edit]

YearSingleChart PositionsRecord label
US Pop[7]US
R&B
[8]
1968"Can I Change My Mind"51Dakar
1969"Is It Something You've Got"345
1970"Turn Back the Hands of Time"31
"I'll Be Right Here"538
"Let Me Back In"5812
1971"Could I Forget You"6010
"One-Way Ticket"7518
"You Keep Me Holding On"9415
1972"I Had It All The Time"615
"Was I Just A Fool"-26
"If You Had A Change In Mind"10728
1973"Without You In My Life"645
"There It Is"329
"Wrapped Up In Your Warm And Tender Love"-19
1974"I Wish It Was Me"5711
"What Goes Up (Must Come Down)"8911
"Happiness Is Being With You"-27
"I Can't Make It Without You"-38
1975"Homewreckers"-36
"A Woman Needs To Be Loved"-38
"Turning Point"-1
1976"So Good (To Be Home With You)"-9
"Give It Up (Turn It Loose)"382Columbia
"Ever Lovin' Girl"-39Dakar
1977"Close To You"-33Columbia
"This I Swear"1026
"All You Got"-32
1978"Get On Up (Disco)"10212
"Can't Help But Say"-65
1979"In The Mood"-6
"Ain't Nothing I Can Do"-72
"Be With Me"-37
1980"Can't You Tell It's Me"-58
"How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)"-36
1981"Just My Luck"-62
1982"Are You Serious"573Highrise
1983"A Little Bit Of Loving (Goes A Long Way)"-49
"I Found Myself When I Lost You"-38Ocean Front
1984"Let Me Be Your Pacifier"-33
1987"I'm In Love Again"-84Future
1988"Do You Feel It"-54
"It's A Miracle"-32
"Flashin' Back"-61

Studio albums[edit]

YearAlbumChart positionsRecord label
USUS
R&B
1969Can I Change My Mind14612Dakar
1970Turn Back the Hands of Time909
1972I Had It All the Time18242
1973Without You in My Life17424
1974It's All in the Game28
1975Home Wrecker55
1976Turning Point!10
Love and Touch8912Columbia
1977Let's Be Closer Together17
1978I Can't Go On This Way18
1979In the Mood with Tyrone Davis1159
Can't You Tell It's Me40
1980I Just Can't Keep on Going39
1981Everything in Place
1982Tyrone Davis13710Highrise
1983Something Good46Ocean-Front
1985Sexy ThingFuture
1987Man of Stone
1988Flashin' Back37
1990Come on Over
1991I'll Always Love You39Ichiban
1992Something's Mighty Wrong53
1994You Stay On My Mind
1994For The Good Times88Life
1996Simply85Malaco
1997Pleasing You
1999Call Tyrone85
2000Relaxin' with Tyrone92
2002Love Line
2003Come To Daddy94Future
"—" denotes the album failed to chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thedeadrockstarsclub.com - accessed May 2010
  2. ^ a b c Funeral reports and obituaries at KirbyCarmichael.com
  3. ^ Robert Pruter, Obituary: Tyrone Davis, Juke Blues no.58, 2005, p.66
  4. ^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 301. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  5. ^ "About Tyrone Davis". mtv.com. MTV. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  6. ^ Wynn, Ron. "L.V. Johnson". Allmusic. Retrieved May 27, 2010. 
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles 1955-2002 (1st ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 178. ISBN 0-89820-155-1. 
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995. Record Research. p. 105. 

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