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  • Phyllis Hyman (R & B/Jazz Vocalist) RIP

    4 posts, 3 voices, 774 views, started Aug 27, 2010

    Posted on Friday, August 27, 2010 by Denise Richardson

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      Phyllis Hyman began her career as a silky voiced, jazz-influenced singer and gradually moved into slick, heavily produced urban contemporary ballads and light dance numbers. Hyman won a scholarship to music school and then began her professional career with the group New Direction in 1971. When they disbanded after a national tour, Hyman joined the Miami ensemble All the People. She also worked there with another local group, the Hondo Beat, and appeared in the film Lenny. That was followed by a two-year stint heading Phyllis Hyman & the P/H Factor, before relocating to New York. Hyman did background vocals on Jon Lucien’s Premonition LP and built her reputation performing in New York clubs. Norman Connors made her his featured vocalist in the mid-‘70s, and she was highlighted on a cover of the Stylistics’ “Betcha By Golly Wow,” which appeared on Connors’ You Are My Starship LP. Hyman also sang with Pharaoh Sanders & the Fatback Band while cutting two singles as a lead artist. Buddah released Phyllis Hyman in 1977, but she really began making an impression when she was signed by Arista the next year. The songs “Somewhere in My Lifetime” and “You Know How to Love Me” both made the R&B Top 20. Hyman got her lone Top Ten hit in 1981 with “Can’t We Fall in Love Again,” but her albums did consistently well through the ‘80s. The production teams of Mtume/Reggie Lucas and Narada Michael Walden/Thom Bell gave her material that showcased her skill with sophisticated ballads. Hyman had more success when she left Arista for Philadelphia International in 1986, with the single “Living All Alone” putting her back in the R&B Top 20. She also sang on fusion and light jazz dates by Joe Sample, Ronnie Foster, and Grover Washington, Jr., a more conventional jazz session for McCoy Tyner, and a pop date with the Four Tops. Tragically, Hyman took her own life on June 30, 1995; Forever With You was issued posthumously. ~ Ron Wynn, Rovi

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          Nerissa wrote Aug 27, 2010
        • My favorite jam was “You know how to love me“. How very tragic, what great beauty and talent she possessed. I wish she could have known what a Blessing she was to the world. Through her music, she still lives on God gave such talent and beautiful songs.heart

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          Denise Richardson wrote Aug 27, 2010
        • Girrrrrrrrrl she was one of my musical idols, many has said i sound just like her and Jean Carne. I cried like a baby when she died and I miss her soooo much. Yesssssss she was truly a blessed gift to the world through her music but her music will truly live on forever because I will play her music until the day of my demise. She is greatly missed gone too soon, but never, ever will be forgotten.heart

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          Nerissa wrote Aug 27, 2010
        • Like Chris Tucker would say “And you know this man!” Her time was short but her impact tremendous!  Her external beauty was what permeated from within.I too listen to her music to this very day and how I cried  when Phyllis went away. There has been no one like her since and will never be atleast in my heart for meheartbreak

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