Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sylvester – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) (Fantasy)

In a falsetto style which has certainly influenced singers like Byron Stingily and Kenny Bobien, Sylvester really came to fame when signing under his own name on Fantasy Records in the second half of the 70’s. The follow-up to his self-titled debut album released back in 1977 featuring his sought after cover version of Ashford & Simpson‘s ‘Over & Over’, ‘Step II’ marked a major step for him, including the memorable ‘You Make Me Feel’ with Patrick Cowley on synths and production work by the likes of Harvey Fuqua.
‘You Make Me Feel’ remains arguably one of the top Disco anthems establishing him as “The Queen” of the genre, in addition to other gems such as ‘Dance (Disco Heat)’, ‘I Who Have Nothing’, ‘Stars’ and ‘Menergy’ among others…
Sylvester sadly passed on Dec. 16, 1988 at the early age of 41 from complications of AIDS, which he admitteldly got from his late partner who died the year before. Although more and more diminished, he remained active until the end, never missing an opportunity to make a public appearence in order to boost as much as he could the attention of the world about the gravity of this disease.

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