Friday, July 6, 2012
During that same year, Phyllis released the single, "Move Closer" which she had written herself about a long-term love affair she had with a much younger man in Philadelphia who was struggling to start his own computer business.
Even though the song failed to chart in the United States, the song topped the charts in the United Kingdom for a week, making her the first African-American woman to top the UK charts with her own self-written composition.
When the song was first released in April of 1984, it failed to chart, but after BBC Radio London started to play the song in February of 1985, the single was re-released and took 12 weeks to climb to the top of the charts.
"Move Closer" ended up becoming the 7th biggest hit song of 1985. The song was re-issued in 1994, charting on the UK Singles chart at #34 after being featured in an anti-persperant commercial.
On January 12, 1998, Phyllis Nelson died of breast cancer at the age of 47.
Her son, Marc Nelson was an original member of Boyz II Men while attending Philadelphia's High School of Performing Arts, but left the group before they released their debut album to pursue a moderately successful solo career. He continues to sing and even act on stage.
To see the music video for "I Like You," go to:
To see a video of Phyllis performing "Move Closer" on "Top of the Pops," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Don't Stop the Train," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "I Don't Know," go to: