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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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waymondbrown 1 0 3
I love this song so much!��
cookie78596
Those were the days being on the road withTD in the early 70's the excitement the fans. That's when you could really drink, no watered downs. Henry's in Detroit, what! A woman needs to be loved is a classic and should be revered as a woman's anthem. RIP TD
I swear Mississippi
I will be right HERE
Sing the song T. Davis. ♡♡♡
Love this song better by al green but I love Tyrone Davis rip td.
I am in the mood Mississippi
richardsonna d i a
Card parties, House Parties, Boy those were the DAYS!! CLUB PARADISE! MEMPHIS, TN STAND UP... GIVE IT UP, TURN IT LOOSE!!
Love it
THR
Gave It Up Turn It Loose Mississippi
That what I need Sugar Daddy
You hear that horn blow, you better be ready to go!
I got carries away
O Man !! I remember my aunts and uncles playing this in the backyard on a summer night having FUN !!
It was me
Mr. Tyrone, you are a bad boy.
Now this is music at its finest
gailmackie12
Love all his songs. Gone much too soon.
A woman need to be love
Love it!!!!
Old Skool
THE CHICAGO BLUES FEST COMING SOON SMILE..
Love Tyrone Davis Mississippi Boy
Sooky sooky baby!!
I LOVE SOME DOWN HOME BLUES MUSIC. THE PREFORMERS THAT SONG THE MUSIC THEY SONG FROM THE HEART R.I.P FOR THE ONES IN SOUL HEAVEN AND THE ONES STILL HERE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK SMILE...
Good song old school
Good song
Rock me Baby
I love dhis song
Real f**king music
My man t d.
My aunts turnt me onto this music and no matter what I listen to I turn to listen to these tunes and it makes me happy like no others and I love it
Their it is in the 601 in 1976 best dayes Meridian Mississippi. R. I.p. Td
I understand why my parents played these records..... . . The Real Deal!!!!!
ronaldward31 0 5 1
Now this is music to pat ur feet to .
I wish that could be true, turn back the hands of time boy would I do thing diff
Luv u Tyrone....:*
Love love love Zeke
My love for Tyrone Davis and his songs will live on Rip
This what a women need....
My. Name. Iz iris. Matthews. Dis. Iz. My. Real. Husband. I. Luv. Him. So. Much
1965 i meet a little red girl from east moline she was the,girl i was looking for iwas a country from ga i have never seen someone who look so good the frist time i seen her i fall in love with her.i will all way remember her TD RIP I JUST LOVE THIS SONG CAN I CHANG MY MINE anD TURN BACK THE HAND OR TIME if could turn back the hand time i would go back to july and aug of 1965 i has the time of my life .dap-dlj iwiil alway have a place in my heart for you.
J.T. putting it y'all.
Hewasa. King
I feel him
Hewas so smooth
Hewassohot
Hewas sodeep
Trees
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