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.
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Sylvester Discography


F-9531 Sylvester Sylvester (Album) Fantasy F-9531 Greece 1977 Sell This Version
L 36743, F-9556 Sylvester Step II (Album) Fantasy L 36743, F-9556 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
S 60.339 Sylvester Living Proof (Album) Fantasy S 60.339 US 1979 Sell This Version
FANTASY F-9579, F-9579 Sylvester Stars (Album) Fantasy FANTASY F-9579, F-9579 US 1979 Sell This Version
0061.128 Sylvester Sell My Soul (Album) Fantasy 0061.128 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
F-9607 Sylvester Too Hot To Sleep (Album) Fantasy Honey Records F-9607 US 1981 Sell This Version
VIL-6036 Sylvester All I Need (Album) Megatone Records VIL-6036 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
817 354-1 Sylvester Call Me (Album) Megatone Records 817 354-1 France 1983 Sell This Version
CHR 1492, L 38295 Sylvester M-1015 (Album) Megatone Records CHR 1492, L 38295 New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
MEG 2006 Sylvester Golden Mix(LP, Album) Megatone Records MEG 2006 Portugal 1984 Sell This Version
K-MC-0094 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 / Over And Over Fantasy, Fantasy, Fantasy FTC 152 UK 1977 Sell This Version
F-802 Sylvester Over And Over / Down, Down, Down (Single) Fantasy F-802 US 1977 Sell This Version
BZC 4405, BZ 4405 Sylvester You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) (Single, Maxi) Fantasy, Fantasy BZC 4405, BZ 4405 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
D-102 Sylvester Dance (Disco Heat) (Single) Fantasy D-102 US 1978 Sell This Version
JB 711 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 / Sonny Rollins Sylvester / Sonny Rollins - Dance (Disco Heat) / Isn't She Lovely(7", Jukebox) Fantasy, Milestone Records JB 712 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
Fantasy 883 Sylvester You Are My Friend (Single) Fantasy Fantasy 883 US 1979 Sell This Version
JB 720 Sylvester / Roberto Soffici Sylvester / Roberto Soffici - I Who Have Nothing / Dimenticare Fantasy, Cetra JB 720 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
F-FAN 0000863.3 Sylvester Stars / Body Strong (Single, Maxi) Fantasy F-FAN 0000863.3 Peru 1979 Sell This Version
FDM-105 Sylvester I (Who Have Nothing) (Single, Maxi) Fantasy FDM-105 Brazil 1979 Sell This Version
D-149 Sylvester Can't Stop Dancing (Single, Maxi) Fantasy D-149 US 1979 Sell This Version
SYL - 002 Sylvester Living Proof (EP) Fantasy SYL - 002 US 1979 Sell This Version
FAN 0000903.9 Sylvester I Need You (Single) Fantasy FAN 0000903.9 Peru 1980 Sell This Version
FTCT-192, FTCT 192 Sylvester Sell My Soul Fantasy Honey Records FTCT-192, FTCT 192 UK 1980 Sell This Version

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May 25, 2013
edited over 3 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 9 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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