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PHIL PERRY la 'la la Means i love you

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Published on Nov 2, 2009

Phil Perry (born in Springfield, IL on January 12, 1952 is an American R&B singer, songwriter, musician and a former member of the soul group The Montclairs from 1971 to 1975. In 1972, the group recorded under the Paula label with minor soul ballads that included "Dreaming's Out Of Season", "Prelude to a Heartbreak", and "Begging's Hard To Do". The Montclairs left Paula Records and disbanded in 1975.

Perry later moved to California with former Montclair, Kevin Sanlin, and teamed up as a duo , that had a short stay with two albums, at Capitol in the early 1980's (produced by Chuck Jackson and Dr. Cecil Hale). One song 'Just to Make You Happy' had a respectable level of success in radio.

In 1985 he married singer Lillian "Tang" Tynes, and began a marriage partnership that has lasted ever since. The Perrys are featured singing background for numersous projects and TV/Radio jingles, as well as in a duet titled 'Do Not Disturb' on the ONE HEART ONE LOVE album, released in 1998. 'Lill' Perry is also featured on the background vocals of Perry's first five solo albums. The nearly 25 year marriage has produced four children, Joseph, Paloma, Philip II, and Jacob.

In the 1990s he had his biggest success with the number-one R&B hit "Call Me (previously recorded by Aretha Franklin and written by her sister Carolyn]", a remake of the 1970 hit, as well as the top forty R&B singles "Amazing Love" and "Forever" (written by Brenda Russell) all from the hit album, Perry's first solo release The Heart of the Man (1991), even though he has released many albums since his breakthrough in 1991. Phil Perry is also featured on many GRP Records projects, with guitarist Lee Ritenour in particular.

He is a featured vocalist on recordings by Michele Columbier, Don Grusin, Freddie Hubbard, George Duke, Najee, Bill Withers, Barbara Streisand, Johnny Mathis, The Benoit-Freeman Project (David Benoit & Russ Freeman), Sergio Mendez, Bobby Womack, Chaka Khan, FourPlay, and Wil Downing, to name a few.

Solo hits also include "Love Don't Love Nobody" and "One Heart, One Love". He is also featured on the Bebe's Kids soundtrack singing a track with the late Renee Diggs. Other film song credits include 'ROOTS", "PRETTY IN PINK", "SHORT CIRCUIT", "MR. WONDERFUL", "NICE GIRLS DON'T EXPLODE", "CAPTAIN RON" and a cameo appearance in the 2009 release of the Harrison Ford film 'CROSSING OVER'.

On September 11, 2001, Perry was scheduled to perform at the World Trade Center, for the lunch hour jazz concerts between 11 am and 1 pm. His fifth solo album "MAGIC" was released that day, as well. As fate would have it, Perry was spared the devastation of the terrorist attacks on the two towers. However, for the next six years, he sunk into an artistic depression, and did not record again until invited by long time friend, Don Grusin, who he joined for a collaborative venture titled "THE HANG". This CD/DVD project was nominated for a Grammy, and included Dave Grusin, Harvey Mason, Patti Austin, Natali Renee, Abraham Loboriel, Alex Acuna, Ernie Watts, Lee Ritenour, and others.

In 2006, former co-producer of the MAGIC album, Chris 'Big Dog' Davis, urged Perry to record a collection of R&B hits, titled "CLASSIC LOVE SONGS" as an independent one-off project for Shanachie Records. Since that time, Perry has recorded four projects for Shanachie with 'The Big Dog', including the recent duo project with the great Melba Moore.

In 2007 he toured the country with saxophonist Dave Koz. That same year he released his acclaimed album "Mighty Love," for which he was voted the 2007 Male Vocalist of the Year, in the SoulTracks Readers' Choice Awards.

Perry recently fainted during a performance with Pieces of a Dream, on Friday October 23, 2009 at the Southern Connecticut State University. False rumors began to circulate that he had died. While there is no definitive medical reason for the collapse, Perry was treated at a local New Haven hospital, and released with the recommendation that he take some time off to rest after extensively traveling throughout the summer. Perry is alive and doing well, and is preparing to record his 10th album at the start of 2010.

Trivia: Phil Perry composed, wrote and performed several songs for the Japanese anime OVA Riding Bean with friend and co-writer, David "Creatchy' Garfield.

Phil Perry, James Ingram, and Howard Hewitt are singing the background vocals on the Carl Carlton hit, BAD MAMMA JAMMA.

Perry makes a cameo appearance in the 2009 Harrison Ford film, CROSSING OVER, starring Ford, Ray Liotta, and Ashley Judd.

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