Alyson Williams

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Alyson Williams

Yes her with the BIG hats! Remember Alyson? She needed your lovin back in 1989, but what happened after that?

Alyson Williams was born in New York City in 1962 and began her career as a backing singer for a number of artists from the very early 1980’s including Melba Moore and Bobby Brown. She released her debut solo single “Yes We Can Can” in 1986 but it didn’t do anything. The following year she recorded the duet “Make You Mine Tonight” with Chick Stanley which made an appearance on the US R&B chart.

Alyson would have to wait till January 1989 with her third single “Sleep Talk” which shot up the US charts and peaked at No.3 there. It reached No.17 in the UK in March that year.

Her debut album “My Love Is So Raw” followed and peaked at No.25 in the US and No.29 in the UK. The title track served as the second single reaching No.28 in the US and No.34 in the UK. “Just Call My Name” and “I Second That Emotion” were also released but failed to make the same impression.

It would be at the beginning of 1990 that Alyson got her biggest hit with “I Need Your Lovin'” which made No.5 in the US and No.8 in the UK.

Her second, self-titled album followed in late 1991 and included the singles “Not On The Outside”, “Can’t Have My Man”, “Just My Luck” and “Everybody Knew But Me”, all of which charted on the US R&B chart but nowhere else. The album stalled at No.31 in America.

Things went quiet for Alyson after that as she took up acting, returning to music in 2004 with her third album, the appropriately titled “It’s About Time”. She has continued to play live and make appearances as well as on NY Radio. In 2016 she released her Christmas song “Happy Holiday”. And who knows, maybe she still finds time to wear those MASSIVE hats that always seemed to be glued to her head?!

Alyson Williams today

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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