Phyllis Nelson (October 3, 1950 – January 12, 1998) was an American singer, most famous for her UK chart-topping recording, “Move Closer”. Her son is the singer and record producer, Marc Nelson.
Nelson was born in Indiana. She worked and recorded for several years from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s without achieving much success. Her records were usually dance tracks, and she also recorded numerous records during the disco era.
In 1984, she recorded a self-written ballad entitled “Move Closer”. It was a complete departure from the type of music she had been recording. While “Move Closer” failed to find an audience in her home country, it reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in early May 1985. The song remained on the chart for almost six months, and became one of the highest selling singles of the year.
In the UK, “Move Closer” was followed up with “I Like You” and “Chemical Reaction”, both featured remixes by Shep Pettibone. The real gold here is the B side which was written by Jack Robinson and James Bolden who wrote classic disco era tracks for Tina Charles and Gloria Gaynor.
Chemical Reaction (Remix) 7:24
Stop Don’t Do This To Me 5:48