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Phyllis Hyman

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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 PH Factor, before relocating to New York. Hyman performed background vocals for Jon Lucien 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 reached the Top 30 of the R&B chart. Hyman also sang with Pharaoh Sanders and 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 throughout 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
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  2.   You Know How to Love Me
  3.   Under Your Spell
  4.   Living All Alone
  5.   When I Give My Love (This Time)
  6.   The Answer Is You
  7.   Can't We Fall in Love Again by Michael Henderson
  8.   No One Can Love You More
  9.   Give a Little More
  10.   Gonna Make Changes
  11.   Be Careful (How You Treat My Love)
  12.   I Don't Want to Lose You
  13.   Living in Confusion
  14.   I Found Love
  15.   Meet Me on the Moon
  16.   Your Move, My Heart
  17.   Betcha by Golly, Wow
  18.   Do Me
  19.   Tell Me What You're Gonna Do
  20.   I Refuse to Be Lonely
  21.   If You Want Me
  22.   Baby (I'm Gonna Love You)
  23.   Riding the Tiger
  24.   No One Can Love You
  25.   Be One
  26.   Walk Away
  27.   I Can't Take It Anymore
  28.   Prime of My Life
  29.   Don't Wanna Change the World
  30.   Give Me One Good Reason to Stay
  31.   Why Not Me
  32.   I'm Calling You
  33.   Waiting for the Last Tear to Fall
  34.   Souvenirs
  35.   Someone to Love
  36.   Funny How Love Goes
  37.   What You Won't Do for Love
  38.   You Just Don't Know
  39.   Old Friend
  40.   Somewhere in My Lifetime
  41.   The Survivor by Joe Sample
  42.   Heavenly
  43.   Slow Dancin'
  44.   Goddess of Love
  45.   Sacred Kind of Love by Grover Washington, Jr.
  46.   In Between the Heartaches
  47.   Sleep on It
  48.   Hold On
  49.   This Feeling Must Be Love
  50.   Some Way
  51.   The Love Too Good to Last
  52.   I Can't Live Without You
  53.   Just Another Face in the Crowd
  54.   Just Twenty Five Miles to Anywhere
  55.   But I Love You
  56.   Kiss You All Over
  57.   Whatever Happened to Our Love?
  58.   When You Get Right Down to It
  59.   Sing a Song
  60.   Love Is Free
  61.   Sweet Music
  62.   The Kids
  63.   Forever with You
  64.   Deep Inside of You
  65.   Groove With You
  66.   Leavin' the Good Life Behind
  67.   Children of the World
  68.   Beautiful Man of Mine
  69.   The Night Bird Gets the Love
  70.   Deliver the Love
  71.   One Thing on My Mind
  72.   The Sunshine in My Life
  73.   I Ain't Asking
  74.   Don't Tell Me, Tell Her
  75.   First Time Together
  76.   Loving You, Losing You
  77.   In a Sentimental Mood
  78.   Tonight You and Me
  79.   You Sure Look Good to Me
  80.   Soon Come Again
  81.   Living Inside Your Love
  82.   So Strange
  83.   Lookin' for a Lovin'
  84.   Just Me and You
  85.   Falling Star
  86.   Why Did You Turn Me On
  87.   It's Not About You (It's About Me)
  88.   If You Ever Change Your Mind
  89.   And That Would Be
  90.   I'm Truly Yours
  91.   Complete Me
  92.   It Takes Two
  93.   It's Time to Go
  94.   Back to Paradise
  95.   You're the One
  96.   Was Yesterday Such a Long Time Ago
  97.   Let Somebody Love You
  98.   We Should Be Lovers
  99.   How Long
  100.   The Strength of a Woman
  101.   Here's That Rainy Day
  102.   This Too Shall Pass
  103.   Screaming at the Moon
  104.   Hurry up This Way Again
  105.   I'm Not Asking You to Stay
  106.   Come Right or Not at All
  107.   No One But You
  108.   Hold Me
  109.   Set a Little Trap
  110.   Ain't You Had Enough Love
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