Michael Wycoff

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Michael Wycoff
Birth nameMichael Wycoff
Born(1952-02-08)February 8, 1952
Torrance, California
OriginLos Angeles, California
DiedMarch 13, 2019(2019-03-13) (aged 67)[1]
GenresSoul
Funk
R&B
Occupation(s)Singer
Years active1976–2019
LabelsRCA Records

Michael Wycoff was an American R&B singer. Wycoff attended Wilmington Junior High School and Phineas Banning High School in Wilmington, Los Angeles, California. Wycoff played keyboards and sang in the school's talent shows solo where his fan base was born as he was always a top performing act.

Wycoff sang backup on Stevie Wonder's album Songs in the Key of Life. He signed a solo contract with RCA and released three albums between 1981 and 1983, scoring a few hit singles on the U.S. R&B charts. His second album, Love Conquers All, included the song, "Looking Up to You," that was sampled by the 1990s R&B group Zhané on their hit song, "Hey Mr. D.J." in 1993.

Wycoff succumbed to an addiction to drugs and alcohol.[citation needed] His addiction ultimately caused him the loss of his career, his home and his family, and Wycoff ended up homeless.[citation needed] At the bottom, he found his way back through his faith,[citation needed] beating his habit and ultimately becoming Minister of Music at several Los Angeles area churches.[citation needed]

His oldest son is a DJ, who, in May 2013, released his own album titled A Boy and His Toys under the name DJ Michael Wycoff.[2]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Charting singles[edit]

  • "Feel My Love" (1980) – U.S. Black Singles #43[4]
  • "One Alone" (1981) – U.S. Black Singles #52[4]
  • "Looking Up to You" (1982) – U.S. Black Singles #47[4]
  • "Still Got the Magic (Sweet Delight)" (1982) – U.S. Black Singles #64[4]
  • "Tell Me Love" (1983) – U.S. Black Singles #23, U.S. Club Play #23[4]
  • "There's No Easy Way" (1983) – U.S. Black Singles #83[4]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michael Wycoff Dies..." Soul and Jazz and Funk. March 15, 2019.
  2. ^ A Boy and His Toys
  3. ^ a b Billboard, Allmusic.com
  4. ^ a b c d e f Billboard Singles, Allmusic.com