Syl Johnson

Bürgerl. Name:
Sylvester Thompson
Profil:
b. 1st July 1936, Holly Springs, Mississippi, U.S.A.

American funk/soul/blues singer and music producer.

Johnson sang and played with blues artists Magic Sam, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells and Howlin' Wolf in the 1950s, before recording with Jimmy Reed for Vee Jay Records in 1959. He made his solo debut that same year with Federal Records (2), a subsidiary of King Records (3) of Cincinnati, backed by Freddie King on guitar.

He then began recording for Twinight Records of Chicago in the mid 1960s. Beginning with his first hit, Come On Sock It to Me in 1967, Johnson dominated the label as both a hitmaker and producer.

Like other black songwriters of the period, several of his records at this time explored themes of African-American identity and social problems in songs including Is It Because I’m Black, which reached Number 11 in the R&B charts in 1969.

In 1971, Willie Mitchell brought Johnson to Hi Records, for whom he recorded three albums and a number of singles. Produced in Memphis with the Hi house band, these yielded music of power and enduring value, including the hits We Did It, Back for a Taste of Your Love and Take Me to the River, his biggest success, reaching Number 7 on the R&B charts in 1975. However, at Hi Johnson was always to some extent in Al Green’s shadow commercially, if not artistically.

After the Hi years ended, Johnson produced two LPs for his own label Shama, the latter of which (Ms. Fine Brown Frame, 1982) was picked up for distribution by Boardwalk Records, Inc. and produced Johnson’s last hit record, the title cut.

Around the mid-eighies, Johnson started a fast-food fish restaurant business, and became semi-retired from performing, only making occasional appearances at blues club gigs.

In 1992, Johnson found out that his classic song Different Strokes have been sampled by number of rappers including Wu-Tang Clan, MC Hammer, and Geto Boys. Stimulated by this fact, he decided to make a come back in the music business. In 1994, he released the album Back in the Game on Delmark Records. The album featured the the Hi rhythm section and his youngest daughter Syleena Johnson.

Blues guitarist and singer Jimmy Johnson (8), and bassist Mack Thompson are his brothers.
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Albums

LPS-1001, LPS 1001 Syl Johnson - Dresses Too Short Cover-Design Syl Johnson Dresses Too Short (Album) Twinight Records, Twinight Records LPS-1001, LPS 1001 US 1968 Diese Version verkaufen
LPS 1002 Syl Johnson - Is It Because I'm Black Cover-Design Syl Johnson Is It Because I'm Black (Album) Twinight Records, Twinight Records LPS 1002 US 1970 Diese Version verkaufen
XSHL 32081 Syl Johnson - Back For A Taste Of Your Love Cover-Design Syl Johnson Back For A Taste Of Your Love (Album) Hi Records XSHL 32081 US 1973 Diese Version verkaufen
SHL 32085, SHL32085 Syl Johnson - Diamond In The Rough Cover-Design Syl Johnson Diamond In The Rough (Album) Hi Records, Hi Records, London Records, London Records SHL 32085, SHL32085 US 1974 Diese Version verkaufen
SHL 5-32096 Syl Johnson - Total Explosion Cover-Design Syl Johnson Total Explosion (Album) Hi Records SHL 5-32096 US 1975 Diese Version verkaufen
9357-6010 Syl Johnson - Uptown Shakedown Cover-Design Syl Johnson Uptown Shakedown (Album) Hi Records 9357-6010 Canada 1979 Diese Version verkaufen
SHL 8001, SHL-8001 Syl Johnson - Brings Out The Blues In Me Cover-Design Syl Johnson Brings Out The Blues In Me (Album) Shama Records, Shama Records SHL 8001, SHL-8001 US 1980 Diese Version verkaufen
NB-33260-1 Syl Johnson - Ms. Fine Brown Frame Cover-Design Syl Johnson Ms. Fine Brown Frame (Album) The Boardwalk Entertainment Co, Erect Records NB-33260-1 US 1982 Diese Version verkaufen
900.517 Syl Johnson - Suicide Blues Cover-Design Syl Johnson Suicide Blues(LP, Album) Isabel Records 900.517 France 1985 Diese Version verkaufen
SH 8003 C Syl Johnson - Foxy Brown Cover-Design Sylvester Johnson* Foxy Brown (Album) Shama Records SH 8003 C US 1988 Diese Version verkaufen
DC-674 Syl Johnson - Back In the Game Cover-Design Syl Johnson With Hi Rhythm Syl Johnson With Hi Rhythm - Back In the Game (Album) Delmark Records DC-674 US 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
TRI0001 Syl Johnson - This Time Together By Father And Daughter Cover-Design Syl Johnson & Syleena Johnson Syl Johnson & Syleena Johnson - This Time Together By Father And Daughter(CD, Album) Twinight Records TRI0001 US 1995 Diese Version verkaufen
ANT0041 Syl Johnson - Bridge To Legacy Cover-Design Syl Johnson Bridge To Legacy (Album) Antone's Records ANT0041 US 1998 Diese Version verkaufen
DE-729 Syl Johnson - Talkin' Bout Chicago! Cover-Design Syl Johnson Talkin' Bout Chicago! (Album) Delmark Records DE-729 US 1999 Diese Version verkaufen
H0082CD Syl Johnson - Hands Of Time Cover-Design Syl Johnson Hands Of Time(CD, Album) Hep' Me Records H0082CD US 1999 Diese Version verkaufen
GEL 4028 Syl Johnson - Two Johnsons Are Better Than One Cover-Design Syl Johnson & Jimmy Johnson (8) Syl Johnson & Jimmy Johnson (8) - Two Johnsons Are Better Than One (Album) Evangeline Records GEL 4028 UK 2001 Diese Version verkaufen
NUM032.2, LP8030 Syl Johnson - Do You Know What Soul Is? Cover-Design Syl Johnson Do You Know What Soul Is?(LP, Album) Numero Group, TRIP NUM032.2, LP8030 US 2010 Diese Version verkaufen
LPS-1003, 032.4 Syl Johnson - My Funky Funky Band Cover-Design Syl Johnson My Funky Funky Band(LP, Album) Twinight Records, Numero Group LPS-1003, 032.4 US Unknown Diese Version verkaufen

Singles & EPs

12358 Syl Johnson - Teardrops / They Who Love Cover-Design Syl Johnson Teardrops / They Who Love (Single) Federal (5) 12358 US 1959 Diese Version verkaufen
45-12374 Syl Johnson - I've Got Love / Lonely Man Cover-Design Syl Johnson I've Got Love / Lonely Man (Single) Federal (5) 45-12374 US 1960 Diese Version verkaufen
45-12435 Syl Johnson - I've Got To Find My Baby / (She's So Fine) I Just Gotta Make Her Mine Cover-Design Syl Johnson I've Got To Find My Baby / (She's So Fine) I Just Gotta Make Her Mine (Single) Federal (5) 45-12435 US 1961 Diese Version verkaufen
45-12476 Syl Johnson - Please, Please, Please / I'm Looking For My Baby Cover-Design Syl Johnson Please, Please, Please / I'm Looking For My Baby (Single) Federal (5) 45-12476 US 1962 Diese Version verkaufen
F 12454 Syl Johnson - Little Sally Walker / I Resign From Your Love Cover-Design Syl Johnson Little Sally Walker / I Resign From Your Love Federal (5) F 12454 US 1962 Diese Version verkaufen
45-12474 Syl Johnson - I Wanna Know / Well Oh Well Cover-Design Syl Johnson I Wanna Know / Well Oh Well(7") Federal (5) 45-12474 US 1962 Diese Version verkaufen
EMB E.P. 4535 Syl Johnson - Rhythm & Blues Volume Four - Blue Beat Style Cover-Design Lulu Reed* / Syl Johnson Lulu Reed* / Syl Johnson - Rhythm & Blues Volume Four - Blue Beat Style(7", EP) Ember Records EMB E.P. 4535 UK 1964 Diese Version verkaufen