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Phyllis Hyman


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Pittsburgh, United States (1949 – 1995)

Phyllis Linda Hyman (July 6 1949 - June 30, 1995), was born in Philadelphia, and grew up in Pittsburgh. She is perhaps best remembered for her signature song, You Know How To Love Me (1979), which was the title track from her fourth album and which peaked at #6 on the disco chart that year.

Hyman began singing professionally in 1971 as part of the group The New Direction. She was also a member of Miami groups All The People and The Hondo Beat before forming Phyllis Hyman & the P/H Factor in 1974 and touring for two years before relocating to New York.

She became a featured vocalist on Norman Connors’ album, You Are My Starship (1976) performing “Betcha by Golly Wow” and the duet “We Both Need Each Other” with Michael Henderson.

Hyman released her debut album on Buddah Records with Phyllis Hyman (1977), followed by Sing a Song (1979). After the second album, she signed with Arista, delivering: Somewhere in My Lifetime (1979); You Know How To Love Me (1979); Can’t We Fall in Love Again (1981); and Goddess Of Love (1983). She then joined Gamble & Huff at Philadelphia International for Living All Alone (1987); Prime Of My Life (1991); and I Refuse to Be Lonely (1995), which was released posthumously.

Hyman’s first solo Top Ten hit came in 1981 with “Can’t We Fall in Love Again”, a duet with Michael Henderson. The song was recorded while she was performing in the Broadway musical Sophisticated Ladies (1981), a tribute to Duke Ellington.


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