Saturday, October 24, 2009
Jango Song Of The Day-Tyrone Davis
Song:Turn Back The Hands Of Time
Album:20 Greatest Hits
Turn Back The Hands Of Time was the biggest hit for smooth R & B singer Tyrone Davis. But he had a long run on the R & B charts and when that dried up he turned to the blues market. He was born May 4, 1938 in Greenville, MS and grew up in Saginaw, MI. Davis moved to Chicago in 1959 and became bluesman Albert King's valet. He started hanging around clubs and befriending singers like Otis Clay and Bobby "Blue" Bland. Singer songwriter producer Harold Burrage took Davis under his wing and got him a deal with 4 Brothers Records as Tyrone The Wonder Boy. Burrage died in 1966 but Brunswick Records producer Carl Davis was starting his new Dakar label and signed Davis after he had a number one R & B hit with Can I Change My Mind. Davis also brought in the producer of that song Willie Henderson. Davis continued to have success on the R & B charts but really hit it big when Turn Back The Hands of Time reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970. 4 Brothers co-owner Jack Daniels and partner Bobby Moore wrote the song after spending some time with Philly Soul producers Thom Bell and Bobby Martin. Daniels was having relationship troubles at the time. Davis continued to have success on the R & B charts until he left Dakar for Columbia in 1975. The British Diablo label has the rights tothe Dakar recordings and have released this comp. Davis was still a regular on the R & B charts until 1982. And when that dried up, he recorded for Ichiban and then Malaco and became a regular on the blues charts. So he had a very durable career. Tyrone Davis suffered a stroke in Oct. 2004 and died on Feb. 9, 2005 at age 66. Here's Tyrone Davis performing Turn Back The Hands Of Time Cleveland 1969.