Unsung: Sylvester

Sat, June 5, 2010, 1:30pm

Out, proud and prodigiously talented, Sylvester was the undisputed King and Queen of Disco. His breakthrough hit “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” made him an international star, and forever symbolizes the late ‘70s disco era. Armed with a powerhouse falsetto, his backup singers Two Tons of Fun (future Weather Girls of “It’s Raining Men” fame) and an irresistibly unique style and charisma, Sylvester made music that embodied the spirit and hope of a generation determined to live life on its own terms.

Born Sylvester James, he got his start as a gospel sensation in an L.A. church choir. His rise to stardom began after moving to San Francisco, singing with the legendary gender-bending troupe The Cockettes. Singing gospel, rock and blues, the burgeoning diva finally rocketed to fame with the disco craze. Gold albums, TV and movie appearances followed, as his distinctive voice, flamboyant persona and enormous flair ignited dance floors all over the world.

Preceded by SYLVESTER: MIGHT REAL, a promo of a documentary-in-progress, and possibly some other rare Sylvester treats! Our celebration of Sylvester wraps up with a music video so infectious, you will be dancing long after you leave the theater.

Unsung: Sylvester: Produced by TV One 2010 USA 48 min.
Sylvester: Mighty Real: Dir Tim Smyth 2010 USA 4 min.

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