Friday, July 6, 2012

Phyllis Nelson

Phyllis Nelson (born on October 3, 1950 in Gary, Indiana) was a female dance\R&B singer from the 80's. Phyllis worked and recorded for several years from the late 70's to the mid-80's without achieving much success.
In 1980, Phyllis released her first single, "Don't Stop the Train" which managed to peak at #20 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
In 1984, Phyllis released her debut album, "Move Closer" on Carrere Records, which was released in the UK and Germany. The album managed to peak at #10 on the UK Albums chart.

During that same year, Phyllis released the single, "Move Closer" which she had written herself about a long-term love affair she had with a much younger man in Philadelphia who was struggling to start his own computer business.

Even though the song failed to chart in the United States, the song topped the charts in the United Kingdom for a week, making her the first African-American woman to top the UK charts with her own self-written composition.

When the song was first released in April of 1984, it failed to chart, but after BBC Radio London started to play the song in February of 1985, the single was re-released and took 12 weeks to climb to the top of the charts.

"Move Closer" ended up becoming the 7th biggest hit song of 1985. The song was re-issued in 1994, charting on the UK Singles chart at #34 after being featured in an anti-persperant commercial.
During that same year, Phyllis recorded a single with French actor, Alain Delon called "I Don't Know" which was featured in the 1985 French film, "Parole de Flic" (or "Cop's Honor"). The song failed to make the charts at all.
Also in that same year, Phyllis released her sophomore album, "I Like You" which didn't appear to make the album charts in the UK or the US.
The title song became Phyllis' only biggest hit in the US, peaking at #61 on the Billboard Hot 100, #65 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, and topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart for a week in December of 1985.

On January 12, 1998, Phyllis Nelson died of breast cancer at the age of 47.

Her son, Marc Nelson was an original member of Boyz II Men while attending Philadelphia's High School of Performing Arts, but left the group before they released their debut album to pursue a moderately successful solo career. He continues to sing and even act on stage.

To see the music video for "I Like You," go to:

To see a video of Phyllis performing "Move Closer" on "Top of the Pops," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "Don't Stop the Train," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "I Don't Know," go to:


tom brad said...

THANK YOU for the lovely memories PHYLLIS I LIKE YOU was a beautiful song very touching and made a lot of since.

AO said...

Move Closer- my absolute favourite. Talented lady.

Greg Browne said...

i really loved '' move closer by phyllis . great song . i always wondered what happened to her . was very sorry to read she passed away .

MrParisienwalkways said...

What a wonderful human being Phyllis was, her love came through in her lyrics. She radiated love and warmth.