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Encyclopedia > Phyllis Hyman
Phyllis Hyman
Background information
Born July 6, 1949
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died June 30, 1995
Genre(s) Jazz, Soul, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 1971–1995
Label(s) Buddah
Arista
Philadelphia International
Volcano

Phyllis Hyman (July 6, 1949 - June 30, 1995) was a soul singer, model and actress. is the 187th day of the year (188th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For other article subjects named Jazz see jazz (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Rhythm and blues (also known as R&B or RnB) is a popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences, first performed by African American artists. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Arista Records is an American record label that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony BMG, and operates under the RCA Records Group // After being fired from CBS Records, Columbia Pictures hired Clive Davis to be a consultant for the company’s record and music operations. ... Philadelphia International Records is a record label founded by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff in 1971. ... is the 187th day of the year (188th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ...

Contents

Overview

She began her career as a silky-voiced singer influenced by jazz, and gradually moved towards heavily produced urban contemporary ballads. A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Illustration by Arthur Rackham of the ballad The Twa Corbies A ballad is a story, usually a narrative or poem, in a song. ...


She is remembered as one of the premier female vocalists of her time, known for songs such asYou Know How To Love Me, Can't We Fall In Love Again, Old Friend, Living All Alone and Don't Wanna Change The World. Her trademarks included chandelier earrings, dress hats and a white bugle-beaded dress. Because of her role and Tony nomination in the Broadway play Sophisticated Ladies, she is often referred to as The Sophisticated Lady. What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... Broadway theatre[1] is the most prestigious form of professional theatre in the U.S., as well as the most well known to the general public and most lucrative for the performers, technicians and others involved in putting on the shows. ... Original poster Sophisticated Ladies is a musical revue based on the music of Duke Ellington. ...


Biography

Early years

Her music training started with a scholarship to a music school. On graduation, she performed on a national tour with the group New Direction in 1971. After the group disbanded, she joined All the People and worked with another local group, The Hondo Beat. At this time, she appeared in the film Lenny (1974). She also did a two-year stint leading a band called Phyllis Hyman and the P/H Factor. Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Lenny is a 1974 film about the life of the comedian Lenny Bruce, starring Dustin Hoffman. ...


Hyman moved to New York City to work on her reputation. She did background vocals on Jon Lucien's Premonition and worked in clubs. It was during one of these performances that she was spotted by Norman Connors, who offered her a spot as a vocalist on his album, You Are My Starship (1976). Her best performance on the album is a remake of The Stylistics' Betcha By Golly Wow. The Stylistics was one of the most well-known Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. ...


Popular success

Hyman sang with Pharoah Sanders and the Fatback Band while working on her first solo album, Phyllis Hyman, released in 1977 on the Buddah label. During this period, Hyman met industry veteran, Wayne Garfield, who became her first road manager after filling-in for the sound man in the middle of her performance at Mikell's, a Manhattan jazz club,.[citation needed] When Arista Records bought Buddah, she was transferred to that label. Her first album for Arista, Somewhere in My Lifetime was released in 1979; the title track was produced by then-labelmate Barry Manilow. Her follow up album You Know How to Love Me made the R&B Top 20 and also performed well on the club/dance charts. Hyman's first solo Top Ten hit came in 1981 with Can't We Fall In Love Again, a duet with Michael Henderson. The song was recorded while she was performing in the Broadway musical Sophisticated Ladies, a tribute to Duke Ellington. She performed in the role for almost two years, receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical and winning a Theatre World Award for Best Newcomer. It is here that she was crowned as The Sophisticated Lady. Reggie Workman, Pharoah Sanders, and Idris Muhammad, c. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... A stone image of the Buddha. ... Manhattan is a borough of New York City, New York, USA, coterminous with New York County. ... Arista Records is an American record label that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony BMG, and operates under the RCA Records Group // After being fired from CBS Records, Columbia Pictures hired Clive Davis to be a consultant for the company’s record and music operations. ... Barry Manilow (born Barry Alan Pincus, June 17, 1943[1] in Brooklyn, New York) is an American singer and songwriter best known for his recordings I Write the Songs, Mandy and Copacabana. His career achievements include selling more than 75 million records worldwide. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Broadway theatre[1] is the most prestigious form of professional theatre in the U.S., as well as the most well known to the general public and most lucrative for the performers, technicians and others involved in putting on the shows. ... Original poster Sophisticated Ladies is a musical revue based on the music of Duke Ellington. ... Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (April 29, 1899–May 24, 1974) was an American jazz composer, pianist, and band leader who has been one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... The Theatre World Award is an American honor given annually to an actor or an actress in recognition of an outstanding breakout performance in their New York City stage debut. ...


Problems between Hyman and her label, Arista, caused a pause in her recording career. She used the time to appear on movie soundtracks, television commercials and guest vocals, working with Chuck Mangione, Barry Manilow, The Whispers and The Four Tops. She toured often and did a college lecture tour. Chuck Mangione on his Feels So Good record album cover. ... Barry Manilow (born Barry Alan Pincus, June 17, 1943[1] in Brooklyn, New York) is an American singer and songwriter best known for his recordings I Write the Songs, Mandy and Copacabana. His career achievements include selling more than 75 million records worldwide. ... The Whispers are a R&B/ dance vocal group from Los Angeles California. ... The Four Tops are an American Motown musical quartet, whose repertoire has included doo-wop, jazz, soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, and showtunes. ...


Free from Arista in 1985, she released the album Living All Alone, and capitalized on the torch songs Old Friend and the melancholy title track, as well as You Just Don't Know and Screaming At The Moon in 1986. Shortly after she appeared in the films School Daze and The Kill Reflex. She would also continue to lend her voice on albums for other artist and musicians like Grover Washington, Jr. and Lonnie Liston Smith, while at the same time doing international tours. Her next album, Prime of My Life, released in 1991, was the biggest of her career and included Phyllis' first number one R&B hit, Don't Wanna Change the World, along with top ten singles Living In Confusion, When You Get Right Down To It, and the hit I Found Love. Just over a year later she appeared one last time on a Norman Connors album, singing the title song Remember Who You Are, which became a minor R&B hit. Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... School Daze is a 1988 musical-drama film, written and directed by Spike Lee, and starring Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tisha Campbell. ... Grover Washington, Jr. ... Lonnie Liston Smith, Jr. ... Dont Wanna Change the World is the title of a number-one R&B single by singer Phyllis Hyman. ...


Hyman's last album, I Refuse To Be Lonely, was a journey into her personal life. Both the title track and the single I'm Truly Yours became minor R&B hits. She struggled with bipolar disorder, depression, alcoholism, weight gain and financial problems. She was also emotionally exhausted from lending her talents to AIDS benefits concerts and support groups. Adding to her sorrow, in 1993 her mother, grandmother and a close friend all died within the span of a month. For other uses, see Bipolar. ... Grieving Thai females. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ... Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS or Aids) is a collection of symptoms and infections resulting from the specific damage to the immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...


Death

On the afternoon of June 30, 1995, Hyman committed suicide with vodka and an overdose of sleeping pills. She was found hours before she was scheduled to perform at the Apollo Theatre. A suicide note read, "I'm tired. I'm tired. Those of you that I love know who you are. May God bless you." It is thought that the last part of the message was for her family and fans. Phyllis died just six days short of her 46th birthday. is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Entrance February 2005 This article is about the London theatre. ...


In November 1995, Hyman's final album, I Refuse to Be Lonely, was released. Three years after her death, a posthumous album of previously unreleased songs was published. Forever With You (1998) contains smooth love songs and bittersweet ballads, mostly trying to find acceptance within a relationship. 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...


Awards and accolades

As well as her Theater World Award and Tony Award nomination for her performance in Sophisticated Ladies, Hyman's achievements included several music awards. In 1992 she was voted 'Number One Best Female Vocalist' in the United Kingdom by Blues & Soul magazine readers, over Anita Baker, Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin. Original poster Sophisticated Ladies is a musical revue based on the music of Duke Ellington. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... An editor has expressed a concern that the tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for an encyclopedia. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is an American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, actress, film producer, and former model. ... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American soul, R&B, and gospel singer, songwriter, and pianist. ...


Hyman was beloved by many famous musicians, including David Hanson of the O'Bros. She was one of Bill Cosby's favorite singers. Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack and George Benson would go out of their way to hear her perform. Long-time fan Barry Manilow worked on one of her early singles. Her songs were frequently sought out for remixes by DJs and dance clubs. William Henry Bill Cosby, Jr. ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris),[1] is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. ... Roberta Flack Roberta Flack (born February 10, 1937 in Asheville, North Carolina) is an American singer. ... George Benson (b. ... Barry Manilow (born Barry Alan Pincus, June 17, 1943[1] in Brooklyn, New York) is an American singer and songwriter best known for his recordings I Write the Songs, Mandy and Copacabana. His career achievements include selling more than 75 million records worldwide. ...


Socially conscious rap group, A Tribe Called Quest, spoke of Phyllis Hyman in their song, Baby Phife's Return, by saying, 'Let me take this time to say R.I.P. to Phyllis Hyman/Who never got the props that she damn well deserved...' RAP may mean: the IATA airport code for Rapid City Regional Airport Rassemblement pour lalternative progressiste, a Québecois political party. ... A Tribe Called Quest is a critically acclaimed American hip-hop group, formed in 1988. ...


Discography

Albums

Phyllis Hyman is the self-titled solo debut studio album by American Soul singer-songwriter Phyllis Hyman. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... While working at Kama Sutra Records, Art Kass was unhappy with the distribution deal with MGM Records and started Buddah Records around 1967. ... Phyllis Hyman is the sophomore studio album by American Soul singer-songwriter Phyllis Hyman. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Phyllis Hyman is the third studio album by American Soul singer-songwriter Phyllis Hyman. ... Arista Records is an American record label that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony BMG, and operates under the RCA Records Group // After being fired from CBS Records, Columbia Pictures hired Clive Davis to be a consultant for the company’s record and music operations. ... You Know How to Love Me is the fourth album by American Soul singer-songwriter Phyllis Hyman. ... Cant We Fall in Love Again? is the fifth album by American Soul singer-songwriter Phyllis Hyman. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Goddess of Love is the sixth album by American Soul singer-songwriter Phyllis Hyman. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Living All Alone is the seventh album by American Soul singer-songwriter Phyllis Hyman. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Philadelphia International Records is a record label founded by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff in 1971. ... Prime of My Life is the eighth album by American Soul singer-songwriter Phyllis Hyman. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...

Compilations

  • The Best Of Phyllis Hyman (1986, Arista)
  • Under Her Spell: Phyllis Hyman's Greatest Hits (1989, Arista)
  • Greatest Hits (1994, Kama Sutra)
  • The Best Of Phyllis Hyman: The Buddah Years (1995, Castle)
  • Loving You, Losing You: The Classic Balladry Of Phyllis Hyman (1996, EMI)
  • The Legacy Of Phyllis Hyman (1996, Arista)
  • Sweet Music (1998, Camden)
  • Remembered (Roadshow) (1998, Roadshow)
  • Master Hits (1999, Arista)
  • It's About Me (2000, West Side)
  • The Essence Of Phyllis Hyman (2003, BMG)
  • In Between The Heartaches (2003, Import)
  • Ultimate Phyllis Hyman (2004, BMG)
  • Remembered (Liquid) (2004, Liquid 8)
  • Platinum & Gold Collection (2004, BMG)
  • Love Songs (2006, Legacy/Arista)

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See also

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External links

  • A Phyllis Hyman tribute
  • Phyllis Hyman::Sophisticated Lady
  • All Music Guide entry
  • Soul Tracks
  • Phyllis Hyman at the Internet Movie Database
  • Photos of Gravesite

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Phyllis Hyman (July 6, 1949 – June 30, 1995) was a soul artist beloved by many musicians.
Phyllis Hyman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but raised in Pittsburgh in the Northview Heights community.
Hyman sang with Pharoah Sanders and the Fatback Band while working on her first solo album, Phyllis Hyman, released in 1977 on the Buddah label.
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