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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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Albums by
Tyrone Davis

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    11 songs

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    Love and Touch (Expanded)

    10 songs

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    Everything In Place (Bonus Track)

    6 songs

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    Can't You Tell It's Me

    8 songs

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    I Can't Go On This Way

    8 songs

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    I Just Can't Keep On Going

    10 songs

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    In the Mood with Tyrone Davis

    12 songs

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    Come to Daddy

    10 songs

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    Relaxin' with Tyrone

    8 songs

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    Flashin' Back

    8 songs

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    Come on Over

    8 songs

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    Man of Stone

    1 song

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    Can I Change My Mind (Original Canyon Demo)

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    I Tried It Over (And over Again) / I'm Running a Losing Race [Digital 45]

    2 songs

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    Sentimental (Dreaming of You)

    15 songs

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    Give It Up (Turn It Loose): The Very Best of the Columbia Years

    10 songs

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    Super Hits

    15 songs

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    The Best of Tyrone Davis: In the Mood

    8 songs

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    Let's Be Closer Together

    40 songs

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    The Ultimate Tyrone Davis

    18 songs

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    The Best of Tyrone Davis [2002]

    20 songs

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    20 Greatest Hits

    11 songs

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    Love & Touch [Bonus Tracks] [Remastered]

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    Lets Be Closer Together [Bonus Tracks]

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    Love Line

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Top Songs by
Tyrone Davis

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    Popularity
  2.   Turn Back the Hands of Time
  3.   Can I Change My Mind
  4.   In the Mood
  5.   A Woman Needs to Be Loved
  6.   Turning Point
  7.   Let Me Be Your Pacifier
  8.   There It Is
  9.   Give It Up (Turn It Loose)
  10.   There Is Is
  11.   I Had It All the Time
  12.   This I Swear
  13.   Is It Something You've Got?
  14.   The Waiting Was Not in Vain
  15.   What Goes Up (Must Come Down)
  16.   Sure Wasn't Me
  17.   Running in and out of My Life
  18.   Something Good About a Woman
  19.   Never Ever Let You Go
  20.   Rock Me
  21.   Do U Still Love Me
  22.   All of Me
  23.   Beware, Beware
  24.   Talk to You
  25.   Just My Way of Loving You
  26. See All Songs

Stations & Shows Featuring
Tyrone Davis

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    '60s Deep Dive

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    Classic Hits

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    '70s Deep Dive


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