Tyrone Davis

Biography Tyrone Davis

Tyrone Davis
Born in 1938 in Mississippi, Tyrone Davis moved to Michigan as a teenager and eventually to Chicago. As a young man who performed under the name 'Tyrone The Wonder Boy,' he apprenticed himself to such blues musicians as Freddie King, Otis Clay, Bobby 'Blue' Bland and Little Milton.

He scored numerous R&B hits in the late sixties and early seventies, among them 'Can I Change My Mind,' 'Turn Back The Hands Of Time,' 'Turning Point,' and 'I Wish It Was Me.'

Davis' early hits were followed by a fallow period--the eighties being the 'the dark ages' for most R&B acts. But Davis continued to issue albums, amassing a catalog equaled only by Johnnie Taylor in Southern Soul annals.

Never one to discriminate a great deal about the material he put out, Davis made his share of ill-conceived covers, but they were always more than compensated for by the sheer number and clockwork consistency of the treasures: 'Where Are You, Lady,' 'Sugar Daddy,' 'Tip Tow Through The Bedroom,' 'Banging The Headboard,' right up to 2004's 'Try My Love' (to name an arbitrary sampling spanning his last decade).

Indeed, Davis was producing chitlin' circuit hits long after Bobby 'Blue' Bland had become inactive and Johnnie Taylor had passed away. Ironically, the early years of the 21st century found Davis very near the peak of his powers at the same time his health was failing.

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