Real Name:
Sylvester James, Jr.
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.

Performing under his first name only, 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 AIDS.


F-9531 Sylvester - Sylvester album art Sylvester Sylvester (Album) Fantasy F-9531 Greece 1977 Sell This Version
C 60.127 Sylvester - Step II album art Sylvester Step II (Album) Fantasy C 60.127 Spain 1978 Sell This Version
S 60.339 Sylvester - Living Proof album art Sylvester Living Proof (Album) Fantasy S 60.339 Spain 1979 Sell This Version
Y-FAN 0009579.1 Sylvester - Stars album art Sylvester Stars (Album) Fantasy Y-FAN 0009579.1 Peru 1979 Sell This Version
5F 9601 Sylvester - Sell My Soul album art Sylvester Sell My Soul (Album) Fantasy 5F 9601 US 1980 Sell This Version
FAC 9607 Sylvester - Too Hot To Sleep album art Sylvester Too Hot To Sleep (Album) Fantasy Honey Records FAC 9607 South Africa 1981 Sell This Version
VIL-6036 Sylvester - All I Need album art Sylvester All I Need (Album) Megatone Records VIL-6036 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
817 354-1 Sylvester - Call Me album art Sylvester Call Me (Album) Megatone Records 817 354-1 France 1983 Sell This Version
L 38295, CHR 1492 Sylvester - M-1015 album art Sylvester M-1015 (Album) Megatone Records L 38295, CHR 1492 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
K-MC-0094 Sylvester - Mutual Attraction album art Sylvester Mutual Attraction (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records, Megatone Records K-MC-0094 Spain 1986 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

FTC 152 Sylvester - Down, Down, Down album art Sylvester Down, Down, Down (Single) Fantasy FTC 152 UK 1977 Sell This Version
D 101 Sylvester - Over And Over / Down, Down, Down album art Sylvester Over And Over / Down, Down, Down (Single) Fantasy D 101 France 1977 Sell This Version
D-102 Sylvester - Dance (Disco Heat) album art Sylvester Dance (Disco Heat) (Single) Fantasy D-102 US 1978 Sell This Version
FTC 160 Sylvester - You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) album art Sylvester You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) (Single, Maxi) Fantasy FTC 160 UK 1978 Sell This Version
827 Sylvester - Dance (Disco Heat) = Baila (Disco Caliente) album art Sylvester Dance (Disco Heat) = Baila (Disco Caliente)(7", Single) Fantasy 827 Guatemala 1978 Sell This Version
JB 711 Sylvester - You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) / Jenny album art Sylvester / Renato Pareti Sylvester / Renato Pareti - You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) / Jenny(7", Jukebox) Fantasy, Cetra JB 711 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
JB 712 Sylvester - Dance (Disco Heat) / Isn't She Lovely album art 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
JB 720 Sylvester - I Who Have Nothing / Dimenticare album art Sylvester / Roberto Soffici Sylvester / Roberto Soffici - I Who Have Nothing / Dimenticare Fantasy, Cetra JB 720 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
SYL - 002 Sylvester - Living Proof album art Sylvester Living Proof (EP) Fantasy SYL - 002 US 1979 Sell This Version
BF 18673 Sylvester - Stars / Body Strong album art Sylvester Stars / Body Strong (Maxi, Single) Fantasy BF 18673 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
Fantasy 883 Sylvester - You Are My Friend album art Sylvester You Are My Friend (Single) Fantasy Fantasy 883 US 1979 Sell This Version
F-855 Sylvester - I (Who Have Nothing) album art Sylvester I (Who Have Nothing) (Single, Maxi) Fantasy F-855 US 1979 Sell This Version
D-149 Sylvester - Can't Stop Dancing album art Sylvester Can't Stop Dancing (Single, Maxi) Fantasy D-149 US 1979 Sell This Version
FTCT-192, FTCT 192 Sylvester - Sell My Soul album art Sylvester Sell My Soul Fantasy Honey Records FTCT-192, FTCT 192 UK 1980 Sell This Version
FAN 0000903.9 Sylvester - I Need You album art Sylvester I Need You (Single) Fantasy FAN 0000903.9 Peru 1980 Sell This Version

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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.


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.


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


May 25, 2013
edited over 8 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.


March 8, 2007
edited over 14 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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