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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: In the Mood with Tyrone Davis (Expanded Edition)

1. In the Mood

2. You Know What to Do

3. I Can't Wait

4. Keep On Dancin'

5. I Don't Think You Heard Me

6. Ain't Nothing I Can Do

7. All the Love I Need

8. We Were In Love Then

9. In the Mood (Single Version)

10. Ain't Nothing I Can Do (Single Version)

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Track List: Can't You Tell It's Me

1. Can't You Tell It's Me

2. Be with Me

3. Heart Failure

4. Burnin' Up

5. Love You Forever

6. Really Gonna Miss You

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Track List: Love And Touch (Expanded)

1. Give It Up (Turn It Loose)

2. Close To You

3. Why Is It So Hard (To Say You're Sorry)

4. You're Too Much

5. Put Your Trust In Me

6. Givin' Myself To You

7. Wrong Doers

8. Beware, Beware

9. Give It Up (Turn It Loose)

10. Close To You

11. Wrong Doers

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Track List: Let's Be Closer Together (Expanded)

1. All You Got

2. I Just Can't Keep On Going

3. If That's What It Takes

4. Playing In the Sand

5. This I Swear

6. I Got Carried Away

7. You Need Love

8. Let's Be Closer Together

9. This I Swear (7" Version)

10. All You Got (7" Version)

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Track List: Everything In Place (Bonus Track)

1. Just My Luck

2. Love (Ain't Over There)

3. Headed for Love

4. Let's Be Closer Together

5. Leave Well Enough Alone

6. Turn Back the Hands of Time

7. You Made Me Beautiful

8. I Won't Let Go

9. You're Heaven Sent

10. Just My Luck (7" Version)

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Track List: I Can't Go On This Way

1. Get On Up Disco

2. All I Ever Need

3. Bunky

4. I Can't Go On This Way

5. Can't Help But Say

6. It's You It's You

7. I'm Still In Love with You

8. Do You Feel It

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Track List: I Just Can't Keep On Going

1. How Sweet It Is ( To Be Loved by You)

2. I Just Can't Keep On Going

3. I'm Glad You're Here with Me Tonight

4. Overdue

5. Comin' Back Baby

6. We Don't Need No Music

7. Never Stopped Loving You

8. Wanna Make It Good

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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: The Ultimate Tyrone Davis

Disc 1

1. Is It Something You've Got

2. Can I Change My Mind

3. Knock On Wood

4. Love Bones

5. A Woman Needs To Be Loved

6. I'll Be Right Here

7. I Keep Coming Back

8. Let Me Back In

9. Turn Back The Hands Of Time

10. Undying Love

11. One Way Ticket (To Nowhere)

12. Could I Forget You

13. Your Love Keeps Haunting Me

14. Was It Just A Feeling

15. I Had It All The Time

16. Come Get This Ring

17. How Can I Forget You

18. You Wouldn't Believe

19. You Keep Me Holding On

20. Was I Just A Fool

Disc 2

1. I Wake Up Crying

2. There It Is

3. Where Lovers Meet (At The Dark End Of The Street)

4. Without You In My Life

5. I'm Just Your Man

6. What Goes Up (Must Come Down)

7. You Don't Have To Beg Me To Stay

8. I Got A Sure Thing

9. If You Had A Change Of Mind

11. It's All In The Game

12. Happiness Is Being With You

13. Wrapped Up In Your Warm & Tender Love

14. Homewreckers

15. It Ain't Me No More

16. Don't Let It Be Too Late

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

18. Forever

19. Ever Lovin' Girl

20. Turning Point

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Track List: Give It Up (Turn It Loose): The Very Best Of The Columbia Years

1. Let's Be Closer Together

2. In The Mood

3. Heart Failure

4. Close To You

5. Leave Well Enough Alone

7. This I Swear

8. Ain't Nothing I Can Do

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

10. I Got Carried Away

11. Get On Up Disco

12. Be With Me

13. I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight

14. Just My Luck

15. Can't You Tell It's 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: Love Line

1. Po Hpuse

2. Tip Toe Through The Bedroom

3. Who's Been Rockin

4. I Hit The Jackpot

5. Seet Thang

6. Love Line

7. You're Something Else (With Yourself)

8. Ring My Phone

9. I'm Hanging Up My Heart For You

10. Lover

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Track List: The Best Of The Future Years

1. Do You Feel It

2. It's A Miracle

3. It Keeps On Flashin Back

4. Heart Failure

5. Overdue

6. Sexy Thing

7. Come On Over

8. Wrong Doers

9. I'm So Excited

10. Be Honest With Me

11. You Stay On My Mind

12. All Of Me

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Track List: Super Hits

1. Give It Up (Turn It Loose)

2. Close To You

3. In The Mood

4. Let's Be Closer Together

5. Get On Up (Disco)

6. Ain't Nothing I Can Do

7. Be With Me

8. Can't You Tell It's Me

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

10. This I Swear

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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: Call Tyrone

1. Call Tyrone

2. Turn Back The Clock

3. You Got What It Takes

4. I Can't Help Myself

5. Ooh La La

6. Sleep With Me

7. Cheatin' In The Next Room

8. You Don't Love Me

9. All The Waiting Is Not In Vain

10. Leavin'

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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

9. One-Way Ticket

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: Pleasing You

1. U Should Be My Girl

2. Black Magic

3. Delicious

4. I Wanna Do You

5. Gotta Get You Off My Mind

6. Keep It Comin'

7. We Can't Go On Like This

8. Temporary Lovin

9. Let Me Please You

10. Such An Easy Question

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Track List: Simply Tyrone

1. Ain't That Good Enough

2. My Key

3. Freak

4. I Wish It Was Me

5. Where Are You Lady

6. Please

7. Linger A Little Longer

8. Never Ever Let You Go

9. In The Mood For Love

10. Can I Squeeze You

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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: You Stay On My Mind

1. You Stay On My Mind

2. Let Me Be Your Pacifier

3. I Found Myself When I Lost You

4. All Because Of Your Love

5. You Can Win If You Want

6. I Won't Let Go

7. Something Good About A Woman

8. You're My Heart, You're My Soul

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Track List: Something's Mighty Wrong

1. Something's Mighty Wrong

2. Running In And Out Of My Life

3. Big Cat

4. Ain't Gonna Get It

5. Wishin' Well

6. I'm Learning

7. Don't Make Me Choose

8. I've Gotta Get Over You

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Track List: I'll Always Love You

1. I'll Always Love You

5. Do U Still Love Me

7. A Woman Needs To Be Loved

8. Mom's Apple Pie

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Track List: Turn Back The Hands Of Time

1. Turn Back The Hands Of Time

2. The Waiting Was Not In Vain

3. Let Me Back In

4. Love Bones

5. I'll Be Right Here

7. Undying Love

8. Just Because Of You

9. If It's Love That You're After

10. I Keep Coming Back

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A woman truly needs to be loved!! Alright TD
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I love this man's music
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Merry,christ m a s . . .
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Leaving,me.( ? ) . think about it before you go..

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Yes TD was the man him Johnnie Taylor they left some great music behind
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That's my kind of jam
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Love ❤️ every thing TD sings!!! Thanks for the memories. The best times in life was with you and Big Lee. Miss you sooooooo!!!
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If could turn back da hands of time. I would go to the 70s. Hands down.
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Right on
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Tyrone Davis said he me change my mine
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Hi
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Right on this is old school real talk ! Don don Reese stlouis
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Country club swing out pimping
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R.I.P To my dad one of his Faves ��
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All of the Greats are gone
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How can I see a concert with this genre. I'm in new York. I'm willing to travel.
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nothing like being back stage with T.D. and Johnny Taylor
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Love Tyrone Davis
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He was one of the greatest
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Tyrone was one of my favorites. Debra Tate
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Back UP
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He make nice music and
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I really love Tyrone Davis. ..he touhes my soul. ......
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A blast from past is so nice to remember some time T.D
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Oh TD!
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If only i could turn the hands of time. I feel lonely without!!!!
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l really really love that sound your making with that music outstanding Emmanuel
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Somebody get up and dance with shorty Brown
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keep you rocking and thinking����
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Tip Toeing through the bedroom
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It sure wasn't me
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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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Cynthia McNair, Tyrone I love you're love making music.. Love you.
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