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Syl Johnson (1st July Birthday)

PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:30 pm
by john poole
Sylvester Thompson - born 1st July, 1936 (Holly Springs, nr. Lamar, Mississippi) - 75 today if 1936 is correct for his year of birth (other years are available).

On "Chic-a-go-go", Chicago TV, towards the end of last year, promoting the "Complete Mythology" boxed set (6 LPs + 4 CDs) of his pre-Hi Records recordings - he says that it is the first time he has received a royalty cheque on his 1967/71 catalogue -
'Is It Because I'm Black?' (live with Bernard Reed - bass); 'That's Why (I Love You So)' (lip-sync - 1971 record)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktj_8w4-Jkc
interview; 'Come On Sock It to Me' (first hit from 1967 - partially lip-synced)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-Ud4jpMXeI&NR=1

In the 1950s he played with several Chicago bluesmen including Howlin' Wolf, Junior Wells, and Jimmy Reed. This was his first recording; guitarist with Billy Boy Arnold - 'Kissing at Midnight' (1965)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5p1xXLSVrE

Red Kelly on Syl Johnson
http://redkelly.blogspot.com/2006/03/sy ... -high.html

Bernard Reed
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/bernard- ... 0000389568

"Chic-a-go-go" (my new YouTube obsession)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chic-a-Go-Go

Re: Syl Johnson (1st July Birthday)

PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 9:48 am
by john poole
Today he’s 80

‘Take Me to the River’ - his biggest hit, he had the first version released as a single after Al Green’s (LP only) original; here live in 1975 - identified by one YT comment as being from the Memphis Blues Festival
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXqAQykgp6c

a short interview from 2011 -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhFNtnwm4Oc