Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Soul singer Tyrone Davis, a Mississippi native, dies

Link - Soul singer Tyrone Davis, who was born in Greenville and best known for his 1970 hit Turn Back The Hands of Time, died today in Chicago from complications of a stroke. He was 66.

Davis enjoyed his most success on the pop charts between 1969 and 1973, with hits such as Can I Change My Mind, Is It Something You've Got?, There It Is and Give It Up (Turn It Loose).

He spent the first eight months of 2004 preparing for his CD The Legendary Hall of Famer. But he suffered a stroke in September, then went into cardiac arrest. Diabetes further complicated his condition.

A late '80s Billboard survey placed Davis 30th on the all-time top R&B charts. He began recording during the '60s for the Four Brothers' label.

For more:
- An interview posted at Soul Patrol
- Available at Amazon.com
- He was inspired by the music of blues greats Bobby "Blue" Bland and Little Milton. He visited blues clubs regularly and eventually befriended legends Freddie King, Otis Rush and Mighty Joe Young. These musicians spotted Davis' talent and persuaded him to audition at local Chicago clubs.
- In 1998, he was awarded the R&B Foundation's prestigious Pioneer Award for his lifetime of work.
- He had more than 50 hit songs.
- Complete discography

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