Sylvester

Real Name:
Sylvester James, Jr.
Profile:
American disco and soul vocalist, musician, bandleader, songwriter, and producer.

Born: 6 September 1947 in Watts, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Died: 16 December 1988 in San Francisco, California, USA.

Known and performing mononymously as "Sylvester", he is considered one of the first Hi-NRG artists and the first “male diva” of disco. He died in 1988 from complications due to HIV/AIDS.
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F-9531 Sylvester — Sylvester Sylvester Sylvester (Album) Fantasy F-9531 US 1977 Sell This Version
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C 60.127 Step II — Sylvester Sylvester Step II (Album) Fantasy C 60.127 Spain 1978 Sell This Version
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S 60.339 Living Proof — Sylvester Sylvester Living Proof (Album) Fantasy S 60.339 Spain 1979 Sell This Version
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Y-FAN 0009579.1 Stars — Sylvester Sylvester Stars (Album) Fantasy Y-FAN 0009579.1 Peru 1979 Sell This Version
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5F 9601 Sell My Soul — Sylvester Sylvester Sell My Soul (Album) Fantasy 5F 9601 US 1980 Sell This Version
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FAC 9607 Too Hot To Sleep — Sylvester Sylvester Too Hot To Sleep (Album) Fantasy Honey Records FAC 9607 South Africa 1981 Sell This Version
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VPK1 6654 All I Need — Sylvester Sylvester All I Need (Album) Megatone Records VPK1 6654 New Zealand 1982 Sell This Version
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817 354-1 Call Me — Sylvester Sylvester Call Me (Album) Megatone Records 817 354-1 France 1983 Sell This Version
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L 38295, CHR 1492 M-1015 — Sylvester Sylvester M-1015 (Album) Megatone Records L 38295, CHR 1492 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
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DEMC 48032 Mutual Attraction — Sylvester Sylvester Mutual Attraction (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records, Megatone Records DEMC 48032 Italy 1986 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

FTC 152 Down, Down, Down — Sylvester Sylvester Down, Down, Down (Single) Fantasy FTC 152 UK 1977 Sell This Version
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D 101 Over And Over / Down, Down, Down — Sylvester Sylvester Over And Over / Down, Down, Down (Single) Fantasy D 101 France 1977 Sell This Version
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D-102 Dance (Disco Heat) — Sylvester Sylvester Dance (Disco Heat) (Single) Fantasy D-102 US 1978 Sell This Version
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FTC 160 You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) — Sylvester Sylvester You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) (Single, Maxi) Fantasy FTC 160 UK 1978 Sell This Version
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JB 711 You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) / Jenny — Sylvester Sylvester / Renato Pareti Sylvester / Renato Pareti - You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) / Jenny(7", Jukebox) Fantasy, Cetra JB 711 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
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JB 712 Dance (Disco Heat) / Isn't She Lovely — Sylvester Sylvester / Sonny Rollins Sylvester / Sonny Rollins - Dance (Disco Heat) / Isn't She Lovely(7", Jukebox) Fantasy, Milestone (4) JB 712 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
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JB 720 I Who Have Nothing / Dimenticare — Sylvester Sylvester / Roberto Soffici Sylvester / Roberto Soffici - I Who Have Nothing / Dimenticare Fantasy, Cetra JB 720 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
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SYL - 002 Living Proof — Sylvester Sylvester Living Proof (EP) Fantasy SYL - 002 US 1979 Sell This Version
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BF 18673 Stars / Body Strong — Sylvester Sylvester Stars / Body Strong (Maxi, Single) Fantasy BF 18673 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
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Fantasy 883 You Are My Friend — Sylvester Sylvester You Are My Friend (Single) Fantasy Fantasy 883 US 1979 Sell This Version
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F-855 I (Who Have Nothing) — Sylvester Sylvester I (Who Have Nothing) (Single, Maxi) Fantasy F-855 US 1979 Sell This Version
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D-149 Can't Stop Dancing — Sylvester Sylvester Can't Stop Dancing (Single, Maxi) Fantasy D-149 US 1979 Sell This Version
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FTCT-192, FTCT 192 Sell My Soul — Sylvester Sylvester Sell My Soul Fantasy Honey Records FTCT-192, FTCT 192 UK 1980 Sell This Version
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FAN 0000903.9 I Need You — Sylvester Sylvester I Need You (Single) Fantasy FAN 0000903.9 Peru 1980 Sell This Version
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JB 739 Hold On To Your Love / Fever — Sylvester Jim Capaldi / Sylvester Jim Capaldi / Sylvester - Hold On To Your Love / Fever(7", Jukebox) Carrere, Fantasy JB 739 Italy 1980 Sell This Version

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professormouse

professormouse

April 26, 2021
"Everything was always fabulous in Sylvester Land." I read that somewhere or made it up.
Either way it shows on his records.
Lavenderbyrd

Lavenderbyrd

April 25, 2021
There were many phases to Sylvester's career, but really only two stages. Stage One: 1972-1974 Sylvester & The Hot Band, and Stage Two: 1977-1988 Sylvester.
70sman

70sman

June 21, 2020
His first couple of lps are up on here,one was on the Blue Thumb label, please update ur info.
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iljin1

iljin1

May 25, 2013
edited over 9 years ago
This man deserves so much respect.. as a fighter for gay rights, violated mostly by religious indoctrination, he made some great records. This world is a bit darker without colorfull people like Sylvester.
jimthing

jimthing

March 8, 2007
edited over 16 years ago
Just hearing the name "Sylvester" always brings to mind the music of the flamboyant disco-boogie-funk-meister, Sylvester James.

As I sit here watching a light-hearted TV disco-mentary on BBC Four, "Queens Of Disco", narrated by the ever present yet certainly appropriate comedian Graham Norton, I think a word or two of praise is due.

Having a falsetto voice that even female band members of various outfits, including Martha Wash & Izora Armstead --the two future members of Two Tons Of Fun-- were always singing below, Sylvester really had an extremely powerful sound very few others have come close to; and certainly no contemporary male singers!

Starting out in the San Francisco alternative experimental group of queer theatrical artists, The Cockettes, his talents soon found favour above and beyond that of a simple muck-around drag-act becoming much more acknowledged as a serious artist with a serious talent to go along with it. Or at least as serious as his colourful character could be expected.

Soon signing to Fantasy records, the rest really is music history, as the various hits and flops ensued throughout his career.

At the end finding himself on the Warner Bros label for his "Mutual Attraction" album, and even with the Levan-mixed single "Someone Like You", couldn't capitalise on it due to being diagnosed with AIDS. This changed his focus onto raising awareness about and fighting prejudice against people with the disease, until his death in 1988.

All through this time Sylvester always fought against and rose above the prejudices often attempted to be forced upon him as a gay man in an industry where conformity tried to stifle creativity and individuality.

RIP Sylvester, long-live Sylvester!

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