Phyllis Nelson

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Phyllis Nelson
Birth name Phyllis Nelson
Born (1950-10-03)October 3, 1950
Indiana, United States
Died January 12, 1998(1998-01-12) (aged 47)
Genres R&B, dance, disco
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1981–1998
Labels Hallmark, Carrere

Phyllis Nelson (October 3, 1950 - January 12, 1998)[1] 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.

Career[edit]

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.[citation needed] They lived together for several years, raising Nelson's two children (Marc and Kenya) that she had borne earlier to 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.[1] The song remained on the chart for almost six months,[1] 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[2]), 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.[citation needed] "Move Closer" returned to the UK chart in 1994, reaching the Top 40,[1] after being featured in a television commercial for anti-perspirant.

Death[edit]

Nelson died in January 1998 from breast cancer in Los Angeles, California, where she had been living since her divorce. She was 47 years old.[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Label
1984 Move Closer Carrere Records
1985 I Like You Hallmark

Singles[edit]

Year Single U.S. Hot 100 U.S. Dance U.S. R&B UK[1] Album
1981 "Don't Stop the Train" 20 Move Closer
1985 "Move Closer" 1
1985 "I Don't Know"[citation needed] 61 1 65 I Don't Know
1985 "I Like You"[citation needed] 61 1 65 81[2] I Like You
1994 "Move Closer" (re-issue) 34 Move Closer

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 389. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ a b "ChartArchive - Phyllis Nelson". Chartstats.com. 2012-04-11. Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  3. ^ Thedeadrockstarsclub.com - accessed March 2011

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