Phyllis Hyman, 7/6/1949 - 6/30/1995
With her fashion model looks and her silky voice, Philadelphia's Phyllis Hyman could have had a career on par with Whitney Houston. Unfortunately, she didn't meet crossover expectations, and in the end, a prolonged deep depression, fading of striking looks and a drug/alcohol addiction caused her to take her life in the week before her 46th birthday in 1995. Like so many magnificent artists before and since, Phyllis Hyman succumbed to her personal demons and the world was robbed of an amazing talent. She left behind several albums of unforgettable jazz-influenced R&B.