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|Birth name||Phyllis Nelson|
October 3, 1950|
Indiana, United States
|Died||January 12, 1998(aged 47)|
|Genres||R&B, dance, disco|
Phyllis Nelson (October 3, 1950 - January 12, 1998) was an American singer, most famous for her UK chart-topping recording, "Move Closer". Her son is the R&B singer and record producer, Marc Nelson.
Nelson was born in Indiana. She worked and recorded for several years from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s without achieving much success. Her records were usually dance tracks, and she also recorded numerous records during the disco era.
In 1984, she recorded a self-written ballad entitled "Move Closer". It was a complete departure from the type of music she had been recording. The lyrics of "Move Closer" were based on a long-term love affair she had with a much younger man in Philadelphia, who was struggling to start his own computer business. They lived together for several years, raising Nelson's two children (Marc and Kenya) that she had borne earlier by two different men.
While "Move Closer" failed to find an audience in her home country, it reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in early May 1985. The song remained on the chart for almost six months, and became one of the highest selling singles of the year. Based in France, Nelson recorded a single with the French actor, Alain Delon: "I Don't Know". It was included in the original soundtrack of the 1985 French film, Parole De Flic (Cop's Honor). Her subsequent releases failed to make any impression (except "I Like You" which made #81), and she is remembered as a one-hit wonder.
In the United States, she had success on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, where her song entitled "I Like You" peaked at #1 in 1985. "I Like You" reached the #29 in the French dance charts. "Move Closer" returned to the UK chart in 1994, reaching the Top 40, after being featured in a television commercial for anti-perspirant.
|1984||Move Closer||Carrere Records|
|1985||I Like You||Hallmark|
|Year||Single||U.S. Hot 100||U.S. Dance||U.S. R&B||UK||Album|
|1981||"Don't Stop the Train"||—||20||—||—||Move Closer|
|1985||"I Don't Know"||61||1||65||—||I Don't Know|
|1985||"I Like You"||61||1||65||81||I Like You|
|1994||"Move Closer" (re-issue)||—||—||—||34||Move Closer|
- List of number-one dance hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart
- List of artists who reached number one on the UK Singles Chart
- List of performers on Top of the Pops
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 389. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "ChartArchive - Phyllis Nelson". Chartstats.com. 2012-04-11. Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Retrieved 2012-04-17.
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