Tyrone Davis

Turn Back the Hands of Time

Composed by Jack Daniels / Johnny Moore

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At an early point in his career, Tyrone Davis was singing in a gruff blues shouter vein. Listen to his mid-'60s sides for Chicago-based 4 Brothers label; the vocal style is the antithesis of the soft stylings that would characterize the singer's biggest hits. Songwriter/4 Brothers co-owner Jack Daniels was discussing Davis with Barry Despenza, the co-writer of Davis' first big national hit, "Can I Change My Mind." Despenza passed along advice from DJ Big Bill Hill of local station WOPA. Hill said Davis was singing too hard and imitating the style of other R&B singers. Daniels and his partner Johnny Moore spent some learning time with Philly talents songwriters/arrangers Thom Bell and Bobby Martin. Daniels and Moore wrote "Turn Back the Hands of Time" based on the relationship problems Daniels was having at the time. They shopped the song to Davis' producer Carl Davis. The singer was signed to the producer's Dakar label. After approving the song, the producer passed it along to arrangers Tom Washington and Willie Henderson. The session for "Turn Back the Hands of Time" included many of the same musicians on "Can I Change My Mind": drummer Quinton Joseph, guitarist Carl Woolfolk, pianist Floyd Morris, and background vocals by Barbara Acklin and Chi-Lites members Eugene Record and Robert "Squirrel" Lester. The million-selling "Turn Back the Hands of Time" parked at number one R&B for two weeks and hit number three pop in spring 1970.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Turn Back the Hands of Time [CD Reissue] 1970 Brunswick 2:58
No Image 1972 Epic
Turning Point! 1976 Brunswick 4:51
No Image 1985 Kent
Sock Hop [DCC] 1986
Various Artists
DCC Compact Classics 2:54
Sounds of the Seventies: 1970 - Take Two 1990
Various Artists
2:57
Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind!, Vol. 2 1991
Various Artists
Rhino 2:59
Greatest Hits [Rhino] 1992 Rhino 2:40
Rhythm & Blues: 1970 1992
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
'70s Smash Hits, Vol. 2 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 2:40
Rock & Roll Years: 1970 1993
Various Artists
Dominion 2:44
American Jukebox Classics, Vol. 10: Rhythm & Blues 1995
Various Artists
Sterling Gold 2:39
Billboard Hot Soul Hits: 1970 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 2:38
Sweet Soul Music [K-Tel] 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:40
Super Box of Soul, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:35
Soul Patrol, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:40
The Brunswick Years, Vol. 1 1995
Various Artists
Brunswick 2:54
Old Skoolin' 1996
Various Artists
Quality
Flick Hits: Old School Tracks 1996
Original Soundtrack
2:38
No Image 1996 Rhino 2:40
Shape Fitness Music: Walk, Vol. 1: 60s Hits 1997
Various Artists
Capitol 2:31
Radio Gold [Compose] 1997
Various Artists
Compose Records / Peter Pan (ISP) 2:35
70's Radio Hits, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Flashback Records 2:40
Sweet Soul of the '70s [Madacy] 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:43
The Ultimate History of Rock 'N' Roll Collection 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:35
Soul Classics: Best of the 60's 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 2:57
The Ultimate History of Rock & Roll Collection, Vol. 8: Soul Explosion 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:43
Rock n' Roll Reunion: Class of 70 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:43
Turn Back the Hands of Time: Vintage Soul 1998
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 2:55
Super Box of Soul 1998
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:35
Greatest Hits [Brunswick] 1998 Brunswick 2:41
70's Funk & Soul Classics 1998
Various Artists
Repertoire 2:55
Turning Back the Hands of Time: The Soul of Tyrone Davis 1998 Diablo (UK) 2:53
Ladies Choice 1998 Demon Records / Demon 2:56
Solid Gold Soul: Rhythm & Grooves 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time/Life Music 2:56
Whole Lotta Soul 1970-1971 1999
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 2:57
Turn Back the Hands of Time 1999 K-Tel Distribution 2:39
Slow Jams 1999 A M W Music 2:55
Smooth Soul Classics, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:40
Sweet Soul 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Power Hits 2:35
Sophisticated Soul 1999
Various Artists
Mars Entertainment / Mars 2:57
Timeless Treasures: Best of Soul 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:42
It's All in the Game/Home Wrecker/Turning Point 2000 Diablo (UK) 4:51
Soul Train: The Dance Years 1970 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:39
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution
Old School Soul, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:55
The '70s 2000
Various Artists
Dominion 2:41
Soul Greats 2000
Various Artists
Goldies 2:40
Can You Dig It? The '70s Soul Experience 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:35
20 Greatest Hits 2001 Brunswick 2:59
Three Decades of Soul 2001
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:42
The Best of Tyrone Davis [2002] 2002 Rhino 2:40
Soul Spectacular! The Greatest Soul Hits of All Time 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 2:38
The Best of Tyrone Davis: Ten Best Series 2002 EMI-Capitol Special Markets 2:55
The Number 1 Soul Collection 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:42
Old School Box of Soul 2002
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:55
The Story of Brunswick: The Classic Sound of Chicago Soul 2002
Various Artists
Rerooted 2:55
The Best of Tyrone Davis [Collectables] 2003 Collectables 2:55
Echoes of Time 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:39
Jammin Soul, Vol. 1 2003
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 2:57
Seventies Soul Sensations 2003
Various Artists
Dominion Entertainment 2:41
The Dakar Records A's & B's: The Hit Singles 2004 Dakar 2:56
Keep the Soul Alive 2004
Various Artists
Golden Stars
Body + Soul: The '70s 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:57
Mr. 3000 2004
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 2:57
Ultimate Broken Hearted Collection 2004
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:42
Love Songs for the Broken Hearted 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:42
Soul Legacy 2005 Bellmark Records / Bellmark 3:21
The Ultimate Tyrone Davis 2005 M2K / Brunswick 2:57
#1 Soul Hits of the 1970s 2006
Various Artists
KRB Music 2:43
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 7: 1967-1969 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 2:41
Very Best of 70's Radio Classics 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:40
People Get Ready: 24 Soul Legends 2006
Various Artists
Wonderful Music 2:41
R&B Chart-Toppers: #1 Soul Hits of the 70's 2006
Various Artists
Sterling 2:41
K-Tel Presents: Soul Collection 2006
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution / BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) / Brentwood Records 2:44
Brunswick Top 40 R&B Singles 1966-1975 2006
Various Artists
Brunswick 2:54
Atlantic R&B Box Set 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 2:41
Soul Galore: 60's 70's Northern Soul Classics 2006
Various Artists
Music Club Deluxe 2:56
The Soul Sessions 2006 DM Records 3:25
Let's Get It On: 70s R&B 2006
Various Artists
Compass Productions
30 #1 Soul Hits 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:41
Soul Heaven [Malaco] 2007
Various Artists
Malaco 2:55
Soul Brothers, Vol. 1 2007
Various Artists
Kings Road 2:41
American Soul, Vol. 2 2007
Various Artists
Hudson Street
No Image 2007
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:39
Body and Soul: The Legends of Soul Live 2008
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
100 Hits: Northern Soul 2009
Various Artists
100 Hits
Sweet Soul Music: 1970 2009
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:53
100 Soul Classics 2009
Various Artists
Rhino
Smooth Soul [Time Life] 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:57
Soul: Stand by Me 2014
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 2:42
300 Hits: Soul
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 2:42
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:39
Atlantic Gold: 100 Soul Classics
Various Artists
Rhino Atlantic / Warner Music 2:41
No Image
Various Artists
MCA
Northern Soul Floorfillers [Demon]
Various Artists
Demon
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