Phil Seymour left the Dwight Twilley Band in 1978 after the release of their second album, 'TWILLEY DONT MIND'. Dwight continued to pursue his solo career and Phil went on to work with many different artists.

1978 found Phil doing background vocals for Tom Petty again on the song "Magnolia" on the second Heartbreakers album, 'YOU'RE GONNA GET IT'. (Phil sang the multi-layered harmony background vocals on Petty's songs 'Breakdown' and 'American Girl' in 1976 and Dwight and Phil sang background vocals on 'Strangered In The Night' from the same album.)

Phil played drums on the 1978 MOON MARTIN album 'SHOTS FROM A COLD NIGHTMARE' and also sang background vocals on the Beatles song "All I've Got To Do". This album had the song "Bad Case Of Lovin' You", written by Moon, which was a huge hit for Robert Palmer years later.

Still under the management of Denny Cordell, Phil went to England to begin sessions with guitarist CHRIS SPEDDING and members of Joe Cockers Grease Band... bassist Alan Spenner and guitarist Neil Hubbard, at London's Olympic Studios, Christmas 1978. Three songs were recorded... the KINKS "Who'll Be The Next In Line", Tom Petty's "Baby's a Rock And Roller" and Twilley's "Lookin' for The Magic". ('Lookin' For The Magic'.They can be found on the cd, PHIL SEYMOUR Precious To Me on the Right Stuff label.)

Also in 1978, Phil started working with two fellow Tulsa boys, Ron Flynt and Steve Allen, who had a band named 20/20. They were one of the 'up and coming' bands on the L.A. music scene and were signed to Greg Shaw's BOMP label. They're were featured on two BOMP "various artists" collections and released two singles with Phil playing drums... "Giving It All" and "Under The Freeway". By the time they signed with Epic Records they had found a full time drummer, Ron Gallo, who apparently had little or no studio experience at that time so they had Phil play drums on their debut album, 20/20. He drums on all songs except "Tell Me Why (Can't Understand You)" and he sings background vocals on "She's An Obsession". and there were potential sessions with Phil Spector being discussed, Phil spent time at Spector's studio, but nothing ever came of it other than the letter...

In 1979, Phil's harmonies made their way onto one song, "Darlin'", on Dwight Twilley's first solo album, TWILLEY. Phil was trying to put together a band and get a record deal. One of his first bands after Twilley had THE FEEL.

Then came a band known as AIRTIGHT which had one of Phil's Tulsa buddies on drums, Scott Musick. They were hired to be Phil's backup band, did some recording and did live shows with him. They went on to be THE CALL. It was after one of Phil's gigs with Airtight that record producer Richard Podolor saw him and came backstage to discuss working with him. Phil found himself in Podolor's studio recording the demo for his new song "Precious to Me".

When Neil Bogart left Casablanca Records and started his own label, BOARDWALK, Phil was the first artist he signed in September 1980. With Richard Podolor producing Phil started recording his first solo album. Phil's first solo album titled 'PHIL SEYMOUR' was released January 16, 1981 on Boardwalk Records. Precious To Me" was the first single released and it reached #22 on the national charts in the U.S. and #3 in Australia and Phil was awarded a gold record for it there. The b-side to "Precious To Me" was another Seymour composition, "Baby It's You" but it was soon decided that this song should be the A-side to Phil's second single and it was replaced on the second pressings with a new Twilley song, "Suzy Glider". This song found Dwight and Phil and Bill Pitcock recording together again for the first time since they split up in 1977.Videos were made for "Precious To Me" and "Let Her Dance" but they were pre-MTV and were only used for promotion.

In 1982 Phil released his second solo album, titled PHIL SEYMOUR 2. The follow up album to his very successful debut was rushed and not completed to his satisfaction. It made its way to the record racks without anybody knowing about it. Only diehard fans who were always on the lookout for any new release from Dwight or Phil were lucky enough to find it.

However, by this time, Phil was ruining his health and his career with his use and abuse of alcohol and drugs. His live performances which had gained him the reputation of being "one of the best singers in L.A." and had left audiences screaming for "more Seymour" were now greatly disappointing. He was vulgar and rude to his audiences and was booed off stages or didn't show up at all. Not long after the release of Phil's second album Neil Bogart died, Boardwalk folded and Phil lost his contract.

In 1984, he joined Carla Olsen's Textones, drumming and singing on their Midnight Mission album for A&M. While supporting the album, Seymour was diagnosed with lymphoma. He returned to Tulsa, carrying on at a diminished pace and recording infrequently, until the disease took his life in August of 1993 while he was preparing a new album.

Biography taken from Phil Seymour web site

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