Looking for some recommendations of Phyllis Hyman's music
I was over at a friends house tonight and I heard a song by Phyllis Hyman, Pretty sure it was called Living Alone. I'd never heard any of her music before and I was totally blown away by her voice. I made my friend repeat the song twice for me. Now I can't stop thinking about how amazing her voice was and how it went from pretty low to pretty high. I don't know anything about music so I'm probably not describing it right, but whatever it was, her voice was amazing.
I want to get some of her music for my iPod but I don't know anything about her songs, what's good and what's great. iTunes only gives you like 10 seconds of music and the only computer I have access to right now is my work laptop and YouTube and all of the sites that I've tried to find her music on are blocked.
If anyone could recommend some of her songs I'd be extremely grateful.
Also, can anyone recommend a good book about her? I've been reading what I can about her online but I want to know more.
Was she a lesbian? Some of what I read makes me think she might have been? But my gaydar is extraordinary bad sometimes, especially when it comes to women.
just go to YouTube and search her you can hear all her songs in their entirety
Her first hit "You Know How To Love Me" is a true classic: it ahows off her vocal skills and is upbeat and happy, as opposed to some her later, more somber songs.
The Legacy of Phyllis Hyman can be purchased on iTunes. It'a a great collection of her work, all of her best sellers. I love the album, not a bad song on the playlist.
I love this woman! OP, here are my favorite songs (besides the one you and R4 already mentioned), which span her career:
"Betcha by Golly Wow", "Can't We Fall in Love Again?", "Old Friend", "Gonna Make Changes", "What You Won't Do For Love", "Don't Wanna Change The World", "When You Get Right Down To It", "First Time Together", "Meet Me on the Moon", "I Refuse To Be Lonely", "Sleep on it", "No One Can Love You More"
R7 I know you're Clive Davis. Shouldn't you and your liver spots be busy stealing money from other, living recording acts rather than posting here?
I also recommend "The Legacy of Phyllis Hyman," that has all of her best-known work. She was a phenomenal talent who never got the recognition she deserved, and I'm sorry that what happened to her was so tragic.
OP go to cable network TV One online site or You tube for her "Unsung" episode & bio
The Living All Alone album is great.
Such a lovely catalog of music Phyllis left. It's just a shame her career didn't reach higher heights. No reason that someone like her couldn't have had at least 1 #1 song on the hot 100.
"Strength of a Woman" is a quite good biography of Phyllis, OP; it's a little rough around the edges, as if the editing wasn't really up to snuff, but it tells her story well. I actually prefer Angela Bofill's voice but enjoy them both very much, and love Phyllis's version of "Betcha By Golly Wow." It's interesting that both of these beautiful, talented women had such tragic lives, and never really "broke through," especially when we have to cope with the likes of Rihanna goat-croaking her way through every other piece of crap on the radio. Who knows what a difference timing would have made?
Some of my Phyllis Hyman favorites include:
You Know How to Love Me
First Time Together
You Just Don't Know
Don't Wanna Change the World
Don't Tell Me, Tell Her
When I Give My Love This Time
Meet Me on the Moon
That should have read:
"You Know How to Love Me," "First Time Together," "You Just Don't Know," "Don't Wanna Change the World," "Don't Tell Me, Tell Her," "When I Give My Love This Time," and "Meet Me on the Moon."