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Was Phyllis Hyman Warning of Her Looming Death?

May 9th, 2012

Phyllis Hyman Untold Story

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The suicide of Phyllis Hyman may have come as a shock to many, but it was no surprise to one industry insider – who says all the signs were there. That’s according to a Chicago concert promoter, who says he quickly became aware Hyman was heading to a point of no return. This after welcoming the 45-year-old songstress to The Windy City for a show he booked. “As soon as Phyllis got off the plane, she wanted a fix.

Here’s some Midwest tea from the OG Chicago promoter:

“The saddest show I did, was about six months before Phyllis Hyman passed. She was doing a show for us and was in a bad way. We had a nice suite for her downtown after her plane landed. She asked how long of a drive was it. When we told her forty-minutes she pointed to a cheap roadside motel across the way.

It was sad. She needed to get on blast right then and there. We got her to the show, she waited two hours before doing sound check. The show started two and a half hours late. She sang two songs dropped and broke the mic and walked off stage. Nigga’s wasn’t even mad. She was in a very dark place. She trashed the green room like a pro wrestler. Shit was crazy.”

I don’t about you guys, but I love me some Phyllis Hyman, I still listen to “Living All Alone“. Know why? Because Phyllis Hyman sings with feelings, you can actually feel her pain. Such a voice can never be copied or duplicated.





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71 Responses to “Was Phyllis Hyman Warning of Her Looming Death?”

  1. Anonymous |

    RIP, sweet sister.

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  2. Drummer Boy |

    So lets count siva devil c now has Janis Joplin, Phyllis and Whitney. Goodluck Jennifer and Alicia, you’ll need it.

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    IZ IZ BACK! Reply:

    Ya left out Billy Holiday

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    Anonymous Reply:

    ??? Billie Holiday didn’t work for Clive Davis but Biggie Smalls did.

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    Fnominlgem Reply:

    The brother that Phyliss dated the last year of her life is clear that Phyliss did not shoot drugs. And having frequently travelled with her, he says she would never ever stay in a cheap motel. Her crew was very close to her and they always travelled with her and wouldn’t have allowed it. Phyliss had issues with being Bi-polar, true but do not attempt to malign her as a Billie Holiday style druggy. Not true!

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    doobydoos Reply:

    That is the exact same story that I heard! I am surprised how deep the rumors have gotten about how she died.

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    Jamaal Reply:

    Yeah, I don’t agree with this at all. I know she used coke in the past but I doubt the woman had went that far off the deep end in smack. :/ That performance story don’t make any sense either. We knew she was suicidal a few times but this is overdramatizing what was still a sad story. RIP Phyllis.

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    Missfitts Reply:

    Faith Evans and Rihanna are going to need luck as well.

    Etta James had family and enough love in Europe to make a comeback long before that Cadillac Records movie. Same goes for Chaka Khan as far as not falling into the belly of the beast.

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  3. Spoonfulofsugar |

    All these years later, I still find it hard to listen to her music now that she’s gone.

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  4. Anonymous |

    Living all alone is my FAVe from Ms. Hyman as well..I hope she finally found peace

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  5. aries |

    i remember seeing her on an interview on BET years ago and she could hardly do the interview for crying about someone who had passed and saying that men were intimidated by her, so people couldn’t believe she was single at the time, cause she was so pretty, but she said men didn’t really ask her out, she had to ask them out… i love her version of Betcha By Golly Wow.

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    Original Anon Reply:

    Yaasssss!! She did her thing on Betcha By Golly Now.

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    FAREELDOE Reply:

    She sure did!! Love it. Miss her soulful, expression filled voice.

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    weesee Reply:

    Don’t forget about – The Answer Is You…(just had to hit youtube on that one).

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  6. Ebony |

    It is too pissy. They get signed up, lined up, used up, and then taken down. Phyllis predates Whitney and goes out, and now, Whitney replaces Phylis and is out. The best talent tossed and turned in such merciless ways.

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  7. Aries too |

    @aries… I love, love her version of Betcha by Golly Wow. That’s one of the best remakes imo and a classic.

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  8. punkfunk |

    Sad story. I love her music.

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  9. Prinsex |

    Her song ” Old Friend” is just beautiful…

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  10. Ashwon |

    I miss her too and she did predate Whitney, she was very trouble and I too remember the BET interview that she did, she was a nervous wreck and there was this great sadness to her.. I also remember having issues of men not asking her out, because of her beauty or the fact that she was tall and that they couldn’t believe that she was single, also, I remember something that struck me and I didn’t pay much attention to it at the time, but she stated how the men she liked were either married or gay and I just remembered Donnie just looked at her and kept it moving.

    Then her main issue was with the industry, it was changing and she felt that people with lesser voices were garnering more attention than those who had the superior voices and I remember saying, that she just didn’t understand it..

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    Disagree Reply:

    I’ve never seen Phyllis Hyman a “nervous wreck” on/off stage, on/off camera….anywhere. I know the interview you speak of. Whatever her troubles, she handled herself VERY well, any and everywhere.

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  11. Anonymous |

    I, too, loved some Phyllyis Hyman. She was very beautiful and had a soulful, bewitching voice. That whole Living All Alone album is superb. When I was a teenager I had a huge appreciation for Phyllis. She was 6 feet tall and there were rumors about her being a lesbian. I believe she killed herself because she was perpetually broken hearted. R.I.P Phyllis.

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  12. shuluv |

    RIP…..That dark place is overwhelming and can destroy you mentally,physically and spiritually. All I know is that you have to stay prayed up and ask the LORD to be your helping hand

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  13. blackbeauty |

    Its only you forgot in this post Jacky…Phyllyis Hyman was Bipolar addicted to drugs and alcohol. That’s a very bad combination.

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    U OK?? Reply:

    I knew it!! That poster was a troll and an inarticulate one at that. Good work on calling he/she/it out. I love it when fools get exposed. I shall look forward to future tea spilling from you.

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    OH REALLY Reply:

    Thanks sweetie.

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    NewAnon Reply:

    I knew something wasn’t right with it/him/her.

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    A.WILLIAMS Reply:

    YOU KNOW IT’S VERY SAD WHEN PEOPLE THAT NO NOTHING ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE TRYING TO SPEAK ON, AND WHEN YOU OPEN UP YOUR PIEHOLE, NOTHING COMES OUT, I TELL YOU WHAT, WHEN YOU LEARN SOME INFO ABOUT MS. PHYLLIS HYMEN, THEN YOU MAY BE ABLE TO
    SPEAK, BUT UNTIL THEN, YOU SHOULD JUST SHUT THE HELL UP. PHYLLIS HYMEN WAS A BEAUTIFUL, SULTRY, KIND WITH ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VOICE. I’VE EVER HEARD, AND GET THIS I DID GET A CHANCE TO SEE HER AT CHENE PARK IN DETROIT, MI. 1992 OR 1993, & SHE SANG HER HEART OUT, I LOVE PHYLLIS HYMENS MUSIC ALL OF IT, WE ALSO SHARE SAME B-DAY-JULY 6, BUT NOT THE YEAR. BUT NRRXT TIME, KNOW THE FACTS, B-4 U SPEAK, & DO HAVE A BLESSED DAY.

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    Gerald Reply:

    As much as you profess to love her you didn’t even spell her name right. It is Phyllis Hyman- with an “a” not an “e”.

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    Deluk Reply:

    Cosign on that one you dropped the dime and kept that shit real, but put all that aside phillys hyman had class and a beautiful voice …
    I love “give a little love” I am a conusiour of good ole rnb got my crates full of vynil still lol!!! Betcha all ain’t heard that song look it up on you tube …….

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  14. BlackAnastasia |

    The signs were there,if you listen to her”Prime Of My Life”album songs like Meet”Me On the Moon”Can’t take it anymore”Living In Confusion”etc..tells a dark story..

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    ROSEY VELT Reply:

    Phyllis wrote hardly none of the songs on this album.She wrote Living in Confusion with 2 other people.Everything else was not written by her.

    She was definitely not a fan of Clive Davis and he probably felt the same way.As someone mentioned he dumped Phyllis to make room for Whitney.He didn’t want Phyllis to do the Broadway play Sophisticated Ladies,which she was nominated for I believe a Tony,which she didn’t win.But she was great in the play.
    If you haven’t seen the Unsung episode on her do.

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    honeysuckleblue Reply:

    Thank you so much for this comment. Meet me on the moon is one of my favorites. Mr. Tyler Perry will never make her story into a movie because the talents does not exist. I miss and love Phyllis Hyman.

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    Aim2Fame Reply:

    Tyler Perry better not even think about making a movie based on Phyllis’s life. If he did I would be soooooo disappointed. One day I plan to tell the story of the wonderful Ms. Phyllis Hyman. I have started a scrpit, but it’s not complete until I start back writing, anywho I LOVE Phyllis Hyman. I hope one day that I will be able to tell her story.

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  15. MARY MARSHALL JOHNSON |

    PHYLLIS WAS AND IS ONE OF THE GREATEST VOICES THAT EVEN HIT THIS PLANET****I READ WHERE THEY SAID SHE HAD A MENTAL DISORDER////NOW!!! IT WAS DRUGS===
    SAD@@@@

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  16. JustMe |

    You’re so right Jacky about not copying or duplicating that voice. That lady had so much soul and depth to her voice. I have all of Phyllis’ music and still play it.

    She was truly a tortured soul. Her fam said she was bi-polar and battled it for years.

    RIP Miss Hyman.

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  17. Original Anon |

    Phyllis was fierce! Her voice was beautiful and she was a model beauty. It’s so sad how all of the great and never duplicated voices died before their time: Phyllis, Vesta Williams, Whitney.

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  18. Anonymous |

    the music now is horrible .

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  19. Anonymous |

    its so hard to find a real goodlove song or singer these days .there voices arent that good,why do you think bey and adell are winning faith evans can sing but where is she

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  20. NY Relic |

    This Story is complete bullshit! 6 myths prior to her leaving she wasn’t touring she sprang her ankle during rehearsal of a play in Texas! Her character was Ella Antonio Vargas Billy Preston! No staff or family member ever stated they saw Phyllis get high! In the end she was still a diva & wld of never publicly stated a need to get high she had a sophisticated palate that required complete discretion. She was a rare person that self destructed nvr did anything except drink in front of others she cld have turned alot of ppl out & didn’t I believe she was ashamed of her addiction & the shame made her be private. Unfortunately she stopped taking prescribed meds.

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    kenny lun Reply:

    YOU ARE CORRECT. I KNEW PHYLLIS HYMAN FOR YEARS. WHILE IT,S TRUE SHE SNORTED COCAINE,ALONG WITH 90 PERCENT OF THE CROWD AT THAT TIME,I KNOW FOR A FACT SHE DISPISED HERION.PHYLLIS HAD ADDICTION ISSUES BUT THEY WERE LIMITED TO STIMULANTS,PRECRIPTION MEDS,COCAINE,FOOD,AND ALCOHOL.NOT TO DEFEND HER LIFE CHOICES,BUT THIS LADY HAD MORE CLASS, GRACE,STYLE,AND BEAUTY THAN ANY PERSON THAT HAS LIVED. SHE DESERVES A GREAT DEAL MORE RESPECT THAN THIS MISINFORMED ARTICLE GIVES. REST IN PEACE PHYLLIS,YOU ARE STILL LOVED.

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    Agreed Reply:

    I visited Phyllis in dressing rooms, behind stage and in her hotel rooms after concerts at least 7 times from ’91 to ’95 and never saw her do coke either. If I would have seen it, I would have left. Wine, liquor? Sure. I’m not denying she ever did hard drugs but I never saw it.

    It’s peculiar as well that she always spoke of her performances in D.C., New York, Detroit, overseas…..but I never once heard her mention $hitcago. Ever.

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  21. NY Relic |

    Did she have a volatile personality? Yes Would she eat of patrons plates? Yes Did she have a perceived Diva attitude? Yes Was a bright business woman an advocate for Woman’s rights? Yes Did she employee a band member HIV positive? Yes

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  22. NY Relic |

    Jacky I agree with one thing her gift that voice cld nvr b copied. Singers don’t try to sing her songs in competitions because honestly they can’t. All the so called talent shows ie: American Idol nvr feature any of her songs. Phyllis wld sing without a data machine without recorded vocals it was amazing to hear her live just real musicians saxophone drums bass keyboards and one background Singer normally collective making magic. The circuit has yet to find a Singer to fill her shoes!

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    FAREELDOE Reply:

    Never noticed, but you’re right. None of those shows feature her music. No one should even try. Just sayin.

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  23. FAREELDOE |

    Interesting. Never connected her death with Clive. Wasn’t he Whitney’s mentor too? Hmm…yeah, interesting.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Very interesting !!!!!!!!!

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  24. NO DICE |

    Phyllis was such a gorgeous and soulful sister

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    Nikki Reply:

    So true Dice… one of my favs was ” I Refuse To Be Lonely”…

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  25. BringThaNoize |

    Clive Davis aka Siva (destroyer) Devil C has no musical talents but makes almost all of the money off of his signed artists as do many other baphomet sponsored music industry moguls…..

    The music industry is demonic- Chaka Khan

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    NewAnon Reply:

    I saw that live on CNN when she said that. I was like whoa, she’s superbold for saying that!!!

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    Toy Reply:

    I saw it as well n I’m glad she let it be known. More industry people need to stand up.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    She’s Chaka ! She can say whatever she wants to say!

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  26. NewAnon |

    Seems to me that they drop like flies around Clive once he can’t make anymore money off them.

    - Interesting point.

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    Agreed Reply:

    Phyllis left Arista as soon as she could when her contract was up. She went on to release her best selling album of all time – Living All Alone – without any bubble gum/pop tracks. Phyllis was long gone from Arista at the time of her death. Whitney went along for the Clive $ ride until the end. Whitney literally sold her soul. Any similarities end right there.

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  27. anonymous |

    Phyllis was one gorgeous woman with a very special gift, her voice. She also was a wonderful person, sometimes moody but overall pleasant. Oh yes, she did play with the girls and the boys too. Once again, the almighty drugs played a part in her demise. Phyllis was very real and enjoyed her life, but there was one other demon that haunted her. A demon that scared her and she did not know how to fight! Rest in peace my sweet Phyllis, you are sooooo missed and loved.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Oh yes, she did play with the girls and the boys too.

    So she was bi. Do you happen to know what her preference was?

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  28. Anonymous |

    I knew Phyllis – VERY WELL – and she never would have stopped at a motel like this for the reasons implied. She probably had to go to the bathroom! Did anyone go into the motel with Phyllis and actually see what she was doing? People assume things and then pass them along as if, since they think it might have been, that means it’s a fact they can spread around the internet. Phyllis did have drug and alcohol issues and she did have other problems, but she was classy, responsible and reliable and she never would have stopped into a motel on the way to a sound check to get high. One thing Phyllis said all the time was, “Don’t believe everything you read!”

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    keepitreal Reply:

    I meet classy and responsible crack addicts ALL the time. smdh

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    Agreed Reply:

    It’s a “story” from Chicago. ‘Nuff said.

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  29. keepitreal not keepinitreal |

    There is a line in film Usual Suspects. The greatest trick the devil ever… You kno the rest. People don’t believe demons walk amongst us. Don’t sleep on Clive.

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  30. barbra gordon |

    Ill never forget the day she passed,i was working and heard towards the later part of my work day…..i got on the train and cried the entire way home.

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  32. B_LYN |

    I love me some Phyllis too and I agree se can never ever be duplicated..my favorite songs are Here’s That Rain Day and You Just Don’t Know. I think Unsung did a story on er life and they said that she ay have been bipolar too. Being bipolarosn’t easy

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  33. B_LYN |

    I meant being bipolar isn’t easy and tht might explain her mood swings and constnt depression. know she used drugs but the drugs worsened her condition, a conditon that not too many people knew about nor knew she had.

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  34. B_LYN |

    As I look at her photos all I can say is what a beautiful woman and it’s sad when such a beautiful woman feels unloved…feels unatractive…unwanted…never feeling good enough. I feel for Phyllis even though I never knew her. Her story is all too common especially in Hollywood.

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  35. Honut Sinti |

    I loved Phyllis Hyman. I also listed to Angela Bofill during that time as well. Both god gifted beautiful women.

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  36. Anonymous |

    Ohhh…Phyllis…. I miss you sooooo much. I still can’t listen to her music. I just can’t. Her death was somewhat predicted. Her songs expressed her inner struggles. I wished she was still here with us..miss u sooooo much.
    Ms. Hyman u r deeply missed. My heart still aches.

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  37. Sonya E. Henderson |

    I never had the opportunity to meet such a talented and gifted artist as Phyllis Hyman. She had many incredible God giving gifts and talents and her songs and unique voice will always and forever stay in our hearts and minds. As long as we remember her she will never actually die, but her spirit will dwell with us always in our hearts and minds. Let’s remember the good, positive and undeniable love of that spirit, which circulates in us all. As human beings we all have an desire to want to be truly, honestly loved, excepted and respected for who one truly is. We all have issues, monkeys on our backs and a cross we must all bear. However the challenge, struggle and victory is to never ever give in to the enemy or give up on God or yourself. There will only be one and only one Phyllis Hyman. As an international recording artist and song writer myself. It has been said from many listeners that my song “Candy”, is said to have the similarities of the style of the late great legendary Phyllis Hyman. This is indeed an honor and privilege to me. If true, to God be the glory for that similarity with in me. Those of you curious enough to want to see and hear for yourselves please go to youtube.com/sonyaehenderson and watch”Candy” or my website sonyaehenderson.com. Your true and honest comments are welcomed.I hope and pray Phyllis found some peace and that God was merciful. We love you Phyllis and we will never forget you!

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  38. Jazzy girl winner |

    I think Ms Hyman,was a beautiful singer and I still love Listening to her music.
    I was saddened when, I learn of her death and miss her presence. I pray that she is resting in peace, happy birthday, where you are Ms Hyman.

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  39. Vicki Oswald |

    I adored Phyllis’ wonderful singing. I’m bipolar going on 30 years, you really have to live well and be vigilant with medications. I saw Phyllis twice at the Chestnut Street Cabaret. I. Was stunned at how mean she was to her band. I think the worst part for Phyllis was alleged having an affair with Dr. J and he chose to stay with his wife. I think Phyllis felt alone and unloved. I am so sorry for that.

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  40. lane |

    Phyllis is the only one God gave that beautiful and unique voice to, no disrespect. Miss Sonya.

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