Phil Seymour

Phil Seymour

Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA
Death c.17 Aug 1993 (aged 41)
Tarzana, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Pauls Valley, Garvin County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 12318 · View Source
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Rock Musician. A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, he was noted as a both a talented guitarist, drummer, and singer. A founding member of the music group, 'The Dwight Twilley Band,' with childhood friend Dwight Tilley, they created music that had a brand of both power pop, burlesque pop, and a little slapback echo. Twilley and Seymour supposedly met as teenagers in 1967, when they attended a screening of The Beatles film, "A Hard Days Night," at a local theater. They began collaborating immediately on writing music at Twilley's home, and soon began a partnership that would last for years. The two named there group, 'Oister' and recruited another friend Bill Pitcock IV, to become the group's lead guitarist. The group continued practicing for sometime and then decided to head to Nashville, Tennessee, to see if they had what it took to become stars. In Nashville, the group met Sun founder Sam Phillips' son Jerry Phillips' and were immediately teamed up with recording artist Ray Harris. In 1974, after some more practice with Harris, they were signed to the Shelter Records Label, and released there first single, 'I'm On Fire.' The song became an instant hit, landing at number 16. The group followed this up with there next single, 'Shark,' which they debuted on Dick Clark's "American Bandstand," television program. The song was rejected by there label though, due to the success of the 1975 film, "Jaws," and thus started some of the group's bad luck. They released another album, and follow up single, but they went unreleased for over a year. Another single was released, and then there album, "Sincerely," but both failed. In 1977, the group enlisted the help of a friend named Tom Petty, to cut some songs for there next album, "Twilley Don't Mind," which was released on the Arista Record Label. This album to failed, and in 1977, Seymour left the group to pursue a solo career among other things. The group disbanded shortly after Seymour's exit, but Twilley continued on himself as a successful solo artist releasing several albums between 1979 and 2005. Twilley had a few hits and was also featured on the 1992 soundtrack for the "Wayne's World" film. Seymour worked as a session musician for Tom Petty, and then signed a contract with the Boardwalk Records Label. He released several demos on the label that he had recorded with a local band named "20/20," and then released his 1981 self-titled album, which included the single, 'Prescious To Me.' The song landed at number 22 on the pop charts, and became an instant success for Seymour. In 1982, he released his second album, "Phil Seymour 2," and in 1984, he joined the music group, "Carla Olsen's Textones." After the release of there album, "Midnight Mission," for the A&M Record Label, Seymour was diagnosed with lymphoma. He returned to his native Tulsa, Oklahoma, and continued to work until the disease took his life on August 1, 1993. Seymour was just 41 years old. Other songs by this talented musician include, 'Won't Finish Here,' 'I Really Love You,' 'Let Her Dance,' 'Then We Go Up,' 'Baby It's You,' and 'Don't Blow Your Life Away.'

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Phil Seymour (15 May 1952–c.17 Aug 1993), Find a Grave Memorial no. 12318, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Pauls Valley, Garvin County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .