For the mayor of Kansas City, Missouri see: Sly James Sylvester James, Jr. (September 6, 1947 – December 16, 1988), who used the stage name of Sylvester, was an American singer-songwriter. Primarily active in the genres of disco, rhythm and blues, and soul, he was known for his flamboyant and androgynous appearance, falsetto singing voice, and hit disco singles in the late 1970s.

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  • For the mayor of Kansas City, Missouri see: Sly James Sylvester James, Jr. (September 6, 1947 – December 16, 1988), who used the stage name of Sylvester, was an American singer-songwriter. Primarily active in the genres of disco, rhythm and blues, and soul, he was known for his flamboyant and androgynous appearance, falsetto singing voice, and hit disco singles in the late 1970s. Born in Watts, Los Angeles, to a middle-class African-American family, Sylvester developed a love of singing through the gospel choir of his Pentecostal church. Leaving the church after the congregation expressed disapproval of his homosexuality, he found friendship among a group of black cross-dressers and transgender women who called themselves The Disquotays. Moving to San Francisco in 1970 at the age of 22, Sylvester embraced the counterculture and joined the avant-garde drag troupe The Cockettes, producing solo segments of their shows which were heavily influenced by female blues and jazz singers like Billie Holiday and Josephine Baker. During the Cockettes' critically panned tour of New York City, Sylvester left them to pursue his career elsewhere. He came to front Sylvester and his Hot Band, a rock act that released two commercially unsuccessful albums on Blue Thumb Records in 1973 before disbanding. Focusing on a solo career, Sylvester signed a recording contract with Harvey Fuqua of Fantasy Records and obtained three new backing singers in the form of Martha Wash, Izora Rhodes – the "Two Tons O' Fun" – and Jeanie Tracy. His first solo album, Sylvester (1977), was a moderate success. This was followed with the acclaimed disco album Step II (1978), which spawned the singles "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" and "Dance (Disco Heat)", both of which were hits in the U.S. and Europe. Distancing himself from the disco genre, he recorded four more albums – including a live album – with Fantasy Records. After leaving this label, he signed to Megatone Records, the dance-oriented company founded by friend and collaborator Patrick Cowley, where he recorded four more albums, including the Cowley penned hit Hi-NRG track "Do Ya Wanna Funk." An activist who campaigned against the spread of HIV/AIDS, Sylvester died from complications arising from the virus in 1988, leaving all future royalties from his work to San Francisco-based HIV/AIDS charities. During the late 1970s, Sylvester gained the moniker of the "Queen of Disco" and during his life he attained particular recognition in San Francisco, where he was awarded the key to the city. In 2005, he was posthumously inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame, while his life has been recorded in a biography and made the subject of both a documentary and a musical. (en)
  • Sylvester James (* 6. September 1944, einige Quellen geben 1946, 1947 oder 1948 an, in Los Angeles, Kalifornien; † 16. Dezember 1988 in Oakland, Kalif.) war ein amerikanischer Soul- und Discosänger, Bandleader, Songwriter und Produzent, der unter seinem Vornamen Sylvester auftrat; sein größer Hit war You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real). (de)
  • Sylvester James (6 de septiembre de 1947, Los Ángeles, California - 16 de diciembre de 1988, San Francisco, California), popularmente conocido como Sylvester, fue un cantante de música disco y artista drag queen. Conocido por cantar en falsete (a pesar de tener una voz de barítono), fue también uno de los primeros fundadores del sonido Hi-NRG, junto a Patrick Cowley, y recibió influencias desde Europa, de grupos como Telex o músicos como Giorgio Moroder. Y también, uno de los talentosos músicos homosexuales que murió a consecuencia de las complicaciones del VIH. Sylvester a veces era conocido como la "Reina del Disco", aunque este apodo también ha sido otorgado a algunas mujeres de la era Disco, como Gloria Gaynor o Donna Summer. Sus canciones más importantes son "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)", "Dance (Disco Heat)" (ambos de 1978) y "Do You Wanna Funk" (1982). (es)
  • Sylvester James (Los Angeles, le 6 septembre 1947 - 16 décembre 1988) est un chanteur de disco et de soul américain. (fr)
  • シルヴェスター・ジェームス(Sylvester James、1947年9月6日 - 1988年12月16日)は、シルヴェスター(Sylvester)の芸名で知られるアメリカ合衆国のミュージシャンである。またハーヴェイ・ミルクなどのLGBTの友人も多く、「ストーンウォールの反乱」に触発されてゲイを公言しており、ドラァグクイーンとしても知られる。1988年12月16日にAIDSによる合併症のため亡くなった。 (ja)
  • Sylvester James (Los Angeles, 6 de setembro de 1947 - São Francisco, 16 de Dezembro de 1988) foi um cantor estadunidense. Ele é o responsável pelo grande sucesso "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" gravado em 1978, faixa do álbum "Step II" (pela Fantasy Records), e que foi número 1 da Billboard club hits.Outro sucesso seu, "Dance (Disco Heat)". Embora o barítono fosse a tessitura natural de sua voz, ficou famoso por dominar excepcionalmente a técnica do falsete, com a qual gravou seus maiores sucessos. Gay assumido, fazia performances como drag queen, por vezes sendo chamado de "Rainha da discoteca". No início de 1987, revelou que era portador do HIV. Tendo sido criado em uma Igreja evangélica quando criança, respondeu, quando questionado se pensava que a doença era algum castigo de Deus por sua vida homossexual, afirmou : Ficou aos cuidados da amiga de longa data Jeanie Tracy até o fim da vida. Faleceu em 16 de dezembro de 1988, aos 41 anos, em decorrência da AIDS . (pt)
  • Sylvester, artiestennaam van Sylvester James, (Los Angeles, 6 september 1947 - San Francisco, 16 december 1988) was een Amerikaanse disco- en soulzanger en songwriter. Door zijn flamboyante en androgyne verschijning, werd hij vaak als een dragqueen beschreven, ondanks herhaaldelijke ontkenning hiervoor. Door een reeks hitsingles in de late jaren zeventig werd Sylvester in de VS beter bekend als "Queen van de Disco". Sylvester werd geboren in Watts, Los Angeles, alwaar hij een liefde ontwikkelde voor muziek in het gospelkoor van zijn Pinkstergemeente kerk. Hij verliet de gemeenschap echter toen hij voor zijn homoseksualiteit vervolgd werd. Hij vertrok naar San Francisco, waar hij de tegencultuur omarmde en zich voegde bij de The Cockettes, een dragqueengroep. De groep produceerde soloshows die zeer beïnvloed werden door vrouwelijke blues- en jazzzangers als Billie Holiday en Josephine Baker. Tijdens hun tour naar New York werd de groep kleiner en verliet Sylvester The Cockettes om zich te richten op zijn solocarrière. Met Sylvester als leadzanger bracht hij samen met zijn ‘Hot Band’ twee commercieel onsuccesvolle albums uit in 1973. Met nieuwe achtergrondzangers verkreeg hij een contract met Harvey Fuqua van Fantasy Records. Zijn eerste soloalbum, Sylvester (1977), was een matig succes en werd gevolgd door het bekende discoalbum Step II (1978), met bekende hitsingles zoals "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" en "Dance (Disco Heat)". Hij maakte nog drie albums met Fantasy Records voor hij vertrok naar Megatone Records, het dance-georiënteerde label, gesticht door vriend en medewerker Patrick Cowley, met wie hij vier albums en het Hi-NRGnummer "Do Ya Wanna Funk" maakte. Als activist voerde Sylvester campagne tegen de verspreiding van HIV en AIDS, waar hij zelf aan stierf in 1988. Hij is begraven op de Inglewood Park Cemetery in zijn geboorteplaats. Op 20 september 2004 werd Sylvesters bekende nummer, "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)", ingehuldigd in de Dance Music Hall of Fame. Een jaar later op 19 september 2005, werd Sylvester zelf gehuldigd in de Dance Music Hall of Fame voor zijn prestaties als artiest (nl)
  • Сильвестр Джеймс (англ. Sylvester James; 6 сентября 1947 — 16 декабря 1988) также известный как Sylvester — американский певец в жанре диско. Известность принесли хиты «You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)», «Dance (Disco Heat)» (1978) и «Do You Wanna Funk» (1982). Умер от СПИДа в возрасте 41 года. (ru)
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  • "Something clicked and sighed into place when Sylvester and the Tons got together – something that wasn't there with the Hot Band white boys, for all that they could cook; something that wasn't there with Peter Mintum, for all the beautiful oddness that he and Sylvester shared; something that wasn't even there with the black drag-queen singers, for all the fierceness they projected. Izora and Martha were whom he came from and who he was ... They were women who got their own. They sounded right with Sylvester, and looked just right, one on either side of him. Plus, next to them, Sylvester, who had grown quite round, looked positively svelte."
  • "Perhaps Sylvester suffered the curse of the control queen and the narcissist: he chose controllable and adoring partners, only to find out that they were not self-possessed enough to meet him where he wanted to be met. But his was also the curse of the generous and gentle-hearted. He used the nurturing talents that Letha and JuJu gave him, teaching people ... that they, too, were loved and fabulous. When he succeeded, they were ready to go out on their own. You ask one person and he'll say that Sylvester just wanted a worshipful housewife; ask another and he'll tell you that Sylvester wanted to give his soul away to someone extraordinary enough to handle it. They are both right, no doubt."
  • "Larger companies employ executives who sit behind their office desks, living off past achievements. We are small, we are free, and it's that freedom that makes me creative."
  • "Oh God, don't ask me how I got started or how old I am or about The Cockettes. Let's just say that I came from an upper-middle class black bourgeois family in Los Angeles, and that I left a boring nine-to-five job to move to San Francisco. Better yet, let's say I was the first test tube baby."
  • "I think the media have built this disco thing up out of all proportions in my case and so while people may come to see me on the pretence of seeing a disco show, they soon realise that there is so much more to me."
  • "If there was one artist ... who truly exemplified disco's new language of ecstasy it was Sylvester, whose use of his gospel trained falsetto in the service of gay desire and pleasure is surely the most radical rewrite of pop's lingua franca ever attempted."
  • "Sylvester shared the Cockettes' affinity for outrageous flaming, their celebration of sex and gayness, their love of acid and good hash, and their bent movie-musical fantasies. Like them, he was making himself up, fantasizing a self into existence. But he usually stood a few feet back, among the Cockettes but never quite one of them. His drag and makeup, for one thing, were almost staid in comparison with the Cockettes'; they preferred facial designs that were almost like war paint, and clothing that didn't make sense. Sylvester wore simple period dresses onstage, and created the face of a sane, pretty woman."
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  • Sylvester James (* 6. September 1944, einige Quellen geben 1946, 1947 oder 1948 an, in Los Angeles, Kalifornien; † 16. Dezember 1988 in Oakland, Kalif.) war ein amerikanischer Soul- und Discosänger, Bandleader, Songwriter und Produzent, der unter seinem Vornamen Sylvester auftrat; sein größer Hit war You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real). (de)
  • Sylvester James (Los Angeles, le 6 septembre 1947 - 16 décembre 1988) est un chanteur de disco et de soul américain. (fr)
  • シルヴェスター・ジェームス(Sylvester James、1947年9月6日 - 1988年12月16日)は、シルヴェスター(Sylvester)の芸名で知られるアメリカ合衆国のミュージシャンである。またハーヴェイ・ミルクなどのLGBTの友人も多く、「ストーンウォールの反乱」に触発されてゲイを公言しており、ドラァグクイーンとしても知られる。1988年12月16日にAIDSによる合併症のため亡くなった。 (ja)
  • Сильвестр Джеймс (англ. Sylvester James; 6 сентября 1947 — 16 декабря 1988) также известный как Sylvester — американский певец в жанре диско. Известность принесли хиты «You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)», «Dance (Disco Heat)» (1978) и «Do You Wanna Funk» (1982). Умер от СПИДа в возрасте 41 года. (ru)
  • For the mayor of Kansas City, Missouri see: Sly James Sylvester James, Jr. (September 6, 1947 – December 16, 1988), who used the stage name of Sylvester, was an American singer-songwriter. Primarily active in the genres of disco, rhythm and blues, and soul, he was known for his flamboyant and androgynous appearance, falsetto singing voice, and hit disco singles in the late 1970s. (en)
  • Sylvester James (6 de septiembre de 1947, Los Ángeles, California - 16 de diciembre de 1988, San Francisco, California), popularmente conocido como Sylvester, fue un cantante de música disco y artista drag queen. Conocido por cantar en falsete (a pesar de tener una voz de barítono), fue también uno de los primeros fundadores del sonido Hi-NRG, junto a Patrick Cowley, y recibió influencias desde Europa, de grupos como Telex o músicos como Giorgio Moroder. Y también, uno de los talentosos músicos homosexuales que murió a consecuencia de las complicaciones del VIH. Sylvester a veces era conocido como la "Reina del Disco", aunque este apodo también ha sido otorgado a algunas mujeres de la era Disco, como Gloria Gaynor o Donna Summer. Sus canciones más importantes son "You Make Me Feel (Mighty (es)
  • Sylvester, artiestennaam van Sylvester James, (Los Angeles, 6 september 1947 - San Francisco, 16 december 1988) was een Amerikaanse disco- en soulzanger en songwriter. Door zijn flamboyante en androgyne verschijning, werd hij vaak als een dragqueen beschreven, ondanks herhaaldelijke ontkenning hiervoor. Door een reeks hitsingles in de late jaren zeventig werd Sylvester in de VS beter bekend als "Queen van de Disco". (nl)
  • Sylvester James (Los Angeles, 6 de setembro de 1947 - São Francisco, 16 de Dezembro de 1988) foi um cantor estadunidense. Ele é o responsável pelo grande sucesso "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" gravado em 1978, faixa do álbum "Step II" (pela Fantasy Records), e que foi número 1 da Billboard club hits.Outro sucesso seu, "Dance (Disco Heat)". Embora o barítono fosse a tessitura natural de sua voz, ficou famoso por dominar excepcionalmente a técnica do falsete, com a qual gravou seus maiores sucessos. (pt)
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