(Debuted February 8, 1986, Peaked #61, 11 Weeks on the Chart)
Sometimes a life in the music business is rough, and other times it's just unfair. In the case of Phyllis Nelson, it was both. She never managed to reach the Top 40 in her home country during her career despite a U.K. #1 single and scattered success in France. Her biggest Stateside success came with "I Like You," a #1 dance club hit which only managed a #61 peak on the pop chart.
Born in Indiana, Nelson worked during the Disco era as a studio singer. In the early 1980s, she branched out into a solo career and had a minor dance hit called "Don't Sop the Train" in 1982. While primarily focused on dance hits, Nelson wrote an inwardly-looking song called "Move Closer" that topped the U.K. charts. She finally made the Hot 100 with "I Like You," but the success couldn't be sustained. Sadly, breast cancer claimed her in 1998.
Her son, Marc Nelson, continues her legacy. An original member of Boyz II Men, he is a singer and producer today.