On June 30th 1995, the music industry lost one of its rarest talents when Phyllis Hyman committed suicide. However, similar to many great artists who have passed throughout the years, the true magnitude of this phenomenal woman’s gift wasn’t appreciated until after her shocking death.
Possessing an incredibly rich and powerful contralto voice, Hyman was one of a kind. Her presence, range, style and grace all set Hyman apart as a diva in every sense of the word, and Way Back Wednesday will showcase her utter magnificence.
Am I being too dramatic? Well, Hyman embodied that word so watch some of her best performances below and see the legend in action:
‘In a Sentimental Mood’
‘It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That
‘Living All Alone’
‘Sacred Kind of Love’
‘Somewhere in My Lifetime’
‘The Lord’s Prayer’
Hyman was one of those singers who just seemed flawless in every way. She was passionate, powerful and pure, and captured the essence of every lyric as though she was singing them directly into a person’s ear. Add those facets to the rarity of her striking robust contralto voice and she could have handled any song.
It was really a shame that Clive Davis quickly abandoned her to focus on the younger Whitney Houston during the early 1980s because Hyman was equally talented and just a beautiful. Still, sopranos ruled the music scene during that time and Davis was simply being a focused music executive.
Are there any other performances that you would add to this list? Do you think Davis should have given Hyman just as much attention as Houston? Let us know in the comment section below!