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Born in Philadelphia and raised in Pittsburgh, Phyllis Hyman was blessed with a magical set of vocal cords and an openhearted creative disposition. Though her uncompromising principles put her at odds with the mainstream music business, she worked consistently for 20 years—from the moment that jazz drummer Norman Connors discovered her in a New York club in 1975 to when she took her life in June 1995. The Legacy of Phyllis Hyman surveys the entire scope of her career, from her first recorded appearance with Connors (“Betcha by Golly, Wow”) through her gilded disco anthems (the timeless “You Know How to Love Me”), to her late career renaissance, when a collaboration with Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff resulted in the heartrending confessions of “Living in Confusion” and “Living All Alone.” Though Hyman bounced around between labels and producers, her stringent musical standards let her avoid the influx of filler that marred the careers of so many of her peers. The collection’s track listing is impressively consistent, from the slow songs to the dance tunes, from the early hits to the hidden gems from her final phase.

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A Great Career Overview

I am sure that whomever was asked to assemble this compilation of Phyllis Hyman songs had a difficult task. What do you keep and what gets left out? While there are a quite a few essential songs missing, such as the exceptional "Meet Me on the Moon", "Don't Wanna Change the World" (her only song to reach #1 on the singles charts), "Sacred Kind of Love" with Grover Washington, Jr., "As You Are" with Pharoah Sanders, and several songs from "I Refuse to Be Lonely", I think this is better than any best of or greatest hits collection assembled because it goes deeper into Phyllis' catalogue. Kudos for including the haunting "When I Give My Love (This Time)", one of my favorite songs by Phyllis and "In a Sentimental Mood". More than a 4 but not quite a 5 - If I could I would give it a 4 1/2 (but since that's not an option it gets a 5).

Phyllis Hyman

What's the big deal that " living all alone & old friend " can't be available for a single??? This is crazy !!! Then You can't even purchase the album.. I would just for those 2 songs.. We talking bout Phyllis Hyman ....A real legend !!!!

Need this song

The song You just don't know what I've been going thure . Was a verry good song and I never hear it , If you can add it to Itune people will buy it.
I'm from Pittsburgh and she was as well . We miss her alot thank you


Born: July 6, 1949 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Phyllis Hyman began her career as a silky voiced, jazz-influenced singer and gradually moved into slick, heavily produced urban contemporary ballads and light dance numbers. Hyman won a scholarship to music school and then began her professional career with the group New Direction in 1971. When they disbanded after a national tour, Hyman joined the Miami ensemble All the People. She also worked there with another local group, the Hondo Beat, and appeared in the film Lenny. That was followed by a...
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The Legacy of Phyllis Hyman (Remastered), Phyllis Hyman
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Quiet Storm, Jazz, Vocal Jazz
  • Released: Oct 29, 1996

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