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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Phyllis Nelson the 2 hit wonder

Phyllis Nelson is definitely one of those coulda been artists.  Coulda but didn't except when gold struck twice.



In 1980 her debut single Don't Stop the Train was a hit at the seminal gay disco The Saint. Peaking at #20 on the U.S. dance chart  But it didn't get any pop traction.


Then out of nowhere in early 1985 her ballad Move Closer tore up the charts in Europe hitting #1 in the U.K. Though a wonderful record it saw no play in the states.


I love her gap tooth, Madonna and I have them too.
PHYLLIS ZIP


The France based singer then rocked it in the states.  Her single I Like You became one of the definitive classics of the Hi NRG disco sound.  Taking it all the way to #1 on the U.S. dance charts and getting some R&B traction too.  What a tune!  This 20 year old used to lose his mind to this record.  Shep Pettibone provided a fantastic mix and boy can I remember the joy I used to have dancing to this record.  What a positive message too.  


And then once again she faded into obscurity.  In 1988 at the age of 47 she succumbed to breast cancer in L.A. where she had been living.

Phyllis I liked you.

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