Born to Laura Lee Tyson and Edward Lewis Harvey, David Tyson grew up in music. His brother Ron Tyson of The Temptations always had groups singing in the basement of his mother’s home when he was a child. He discovered his love of music as a child by watching and listening to his brother’s groups at The Uptown Theater in Philadelphia.
David formed his own group Final Touch which won first place in an African-American talent contest later held at that same theater.
One day he got a call from his brother Ron telling him that The Manhattans were looking for a tenor. So… world-renowned choreographer Cholly Atkins connected him with Blue Lovett for an audition. Blue and Gerald liked his audition and he was hired.