Alyson Williams

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Alyson Williams
Born (1962-05-11) May 11, 1962 (age 60)
New York City, New York[1]
OriginNew York City
Years active1980–1992, 2004–present
LabelsProfile Records
Def Jam

Alyson Williams (born May 11, 1962)[1] is an R&B singer who had a string of hit singles in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Some notable tracks include "Just Call My Name", "Sleep Talk", "My Love Is So Raw" and "I Need Your Lovin".[1]


The daughter of bandleader / trumpeter Bobby Booker, she began her career by singing background vocals for various artists including, Curtis Hairston, Melba Moore ("Love's Coming at Ya"), B. B. & Q. Band, Cashflow, Unlimited Touch, Bobby Brown and Barbara Mitchell before joining the group High Fashion,[2] which also featured Meli'sa Morgan. After they disbanded, Alyson sang with the group the Affair before moving onto a solo career.[1]

Her first single, "Yes We Can Can", was first released on Profile Records in 1986; a release on the Def Jam label followed in 1987. At the label, she established herself as an in demand vocalist, duetting with many of her label mates including Chuck Stanley ("Make You Mine Tonight") and Oran "Juice" Jones ("How to Love Again").[2]

Her first album release and the first R&B female singer signed to Def Jam, she released the album Raw in 1989. The album produced the singles "My Love is So Raw", featuring rapper Nikki D, and "Sleep Talk".[1] In addition, the single "Just Call My Name" was a hit on the Billboard R&B charts reaching number #4.[3] The song, picked up by many "Quiet storm" formats, is now considered a cult classic and continues to receive airplay. The album also included a duet with the Blue Magic vocalist Ted Mills on "We're Gonna Make It". Her single "I Need Your Lovin'" was also a #8 success in the UK,[4] as well as another R&B hit for her.

Alyson also recorded with Tashan on the track "Do You Wanna Know", taken from his On the Horizon outing, later touring with him in the United Kingdom.[2] In 1991, Alyson recorded "She's Not Your Fool" for the soundtrack to the movie Livin' Large. The track also appeared on her 1991 self-titled album.[1]

Alyson also ventured into acting. In 1986, she portrayed her friend Phyllis Hyman in a musical play called "Thank God, The Beat Goes On", joining the Whispers to tell the story of Hyman's career.[5] She also played the role of Marvin Gaye's mother, Alberta, in a play called "My Brother, Marvin" that was produced by Marvin's sister, Zeola.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications Record label

1989 Raw 25 29 Def Jam/Columbia
1992 Alyson Williams 31 OBR/Columbia
2004 It's About Time Three Keys Music
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

  • Cooked: The Remix Album (1990, Def Jam)


Year Single Peak chart Positions Album


1986 "Yes We Can Can"
1987 "Make You Mine Tonight" (with Chuck Stanley) 66 Raw
1989 "Sleep Talk" 3 3 24 31 35 17
"My Love Is So Raw" (featuring Nikki D) 12 28 39 34
"I Need Your Lovin'" 5 8
"Just Call My Name" 4
"I Second That Emotion" 44 Cooked: The Remix Album
1990 "Not on the Outside" 35 Raw
1991 "She's Not Your Fool" Alyson Williams
1992 "Can't Have My Man" 7
"Just My Luck" 6
"Everybody Knew but Me" 63
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Soul Walking Page". Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Wynn, Ron. "Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d "US Charts > Alyson Williams". Billboard. Archived from the original on March 25, 2022. Retrieved May 25, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "UK Charts > Alyson Williams". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 25, 2020.
  5. ^ "The Whispers Pay Tribute to Phyllis Hyman in Stage Play 'Thank God! The Beat Goes On'". Jet. Vol. 90, no. 26. Johnson Publishing Company. November 11, 1986. p. 22. ISSN 0021-5996.
  6. ^ "Alyson Williams: Raw". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved May 25, 2020.
  7. ^ "IRE Charts Search > Alyson Williams". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved May 25, 2020.
  8. ^ "NL Charts > Alyson Williams". MegaCharts. Retrieved May 25, 2020.
  9. ^ "NZ Charts > Alyson Williams". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved May 25, 2020.

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