Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tyrone Davis--Turn Back The Hands Of Time (1970)

    Tyrone Davis was able to handle gritty R&B, pop, and disco, but his smooth baritone was made for smooth soul. His voice, which lent itself to tender vulnerability, along with his good looks, made him a favorite with the ladies for for almost two decades.
     Davis was from Mississippi, but made his way to Chicago to seek his fame. He signed with producer Carl Davis' fledgling record label, Dakar. His first single was a "B" side hit, "Can I Change My Mind" which went to #5 on the pop and #1 on the R&B charts.
     "Turn Back the Hands Of Time" was co-written by Jack Daniels and Bonnie Thompson who wrote his first hit as well. With background vocals by Barbara Acklin, Eugene Record, and Robert Lester, Davis rode the song to #3 on the pop charts, which was his highest position on the Hot 100.
     Tyrone continued to chart throughout the 70's, although he did much better on the R&B list having hits all the way through the mid-80's. He continued to record and tour up till a stroke affected him in 2004. He passed away less than a year later at the age of 66.


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