I've been feeling a little "Soulful" lately and thinking about the great records during the Soul Music period of the 60s and 70s. One of the most beloved Soul Artists was named TYRONE DAVIS (born Tyron D. Fettson) who sang about love and was the toast of Chicago.
Tyrone was born in Greenville, Mississippi, in 1938 and moved to Saginaw, Michigan when his father headed north looking for a job. Eventually he landed in Chi-Town, where Tyrone found a job as a valet/driver for the great Freddie King and started singing in clubs on the weekends where he was discovered and signed by writer/producer Carl Davis (from whom he borrowed his last name) and released a tune called "A Woman Needs To Be Loved" that wasn't happening, but when radio discovered the 'B'side,"Can I Change My Mind," he had a Smashola.
The turning point was when he changed his singing style into a softer more needy plea that drove the ladies crazy, and drove his first hit to #1 on the R&B Chart and #5 Top 40, selling over a million discs. He would go on to have two more #1's, "Turn Back The Hands Of Time" (1970), and "Turning Point" (1975).
Tyrone's career spanned more than 20 years of recording and touring and he was called: "King of romantic Chicago soul" by MTV and the women who followed him from gig to gig. Then in 2004 he had a stroke, and eventually died in 2005 at age 66. Scott has sent me several more videos of Legendary Soul Singers and I think I'll make this the start of a series, if you folks in TDR Land agree, just comment or Like the Facebook post let me know.
So here he is, Tyrone Davis singing Live in a theater his first hit, "Can I Change My Mind," in Lush Color and with Pure Sound. @therealdonrocks
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