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R&B singer Tyrone Davis dead at 66

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CHICAGO -- Veteran rhythm and blues singer Tyrone Davis died Wednesday, four months after he had a stroke that left him in a coma, his business partner said.

He was 66. Davis was taken to hospital in September and was undergoing rehabilitation at a suburban Chicago nursing home at the time of his death, Leo Graham said.

Davis began his career in the 1960s and his baritone voice and warm and romantic singing style made him popular in the 1970s. He was best known for the hits “Can I Change My Mind?" and “Turn Back the Hands of Time" for the Dakar label.

Davis moved to Columbia Records in 1976, where he recorded several hits, including “Give It Up (Turn It Loose)" and the ballad “In the Mood."

As his popularity faded in the 1980s, he was released by Columbia, though he continued to record. He was promoting his latest release when he had the stroke, Graham said.

Born in Greenville, Miss., Davis came under the influence of blues legends Bobby (Blue) Bland, Little Milton and Otis Clay. He sang at clubs in Chicago before landing his first recording contract.

-- Associated Press

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