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Sylvester: Not the Famous Cat or the Actor

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Sylvester was a disco and soul musician and a gay drag performer. His real name was Sylvester James; he was born on September 6, 1944. He died on December 16, 1988. He used to sing in falsetto even though he had a rich baritone voice. Sylvester (he performed only under his first name) is mentioned among the first Hi-NRG artists (Hi-NRG or High Energy is a type of electronic dance music). Jazz singer Julia Morgan was his grandmother. Early in his career, Sylvester performed in a recognized musical production called Women of the Blues and joined a group of transvestite performers called The Cockettes.

Step II, his second solo album included two classic songs: “Dance (Disco Heat)” and “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”. 1979 was a great year for Sylvester; he won three Billboard awards and appeared in a movie called The Rose with Bette Midler as the main star. In 1982, Sylvester released a Hi-NRG classic song called “Do You Wanna Funk”. On September 19, 2005, Sylvester was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.

The discography of Sylvester includes: Sylvester & the Hot Band, Bazaar, Sylvester, Step II, Stars, Living Proof, Sell My Soul, Too Hot To Sleep, Do You Wanna Funk, All I Need, Call Me, M-1015, Mutual Attraction and Immortal. Some songs of this artist are: “Down, Down, Down”, “Over And Over”, “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”, “Stars”, “I Need You”, “Sell My Soul”, “Sex”, “Mutual Attraction” and “Sooner Or Later”.

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