Sylvester James ( born September 6, 1947 in Los Angeles, California, † December 16, 1988 in Oakland, Calif.. ) Was an American musician. In various sources, his birth year is also specified with 1946 or 1948.
James, who appeared only by his first name Sylvester, had his big hits in the time of disco music from 1977 until 1982. Overall, he brought it to five gold records. The best known of his titles are presented with a distinctive falsetto Dance ( Disco Heat ), Do You Wanna Funk and You Make Me Feel ( Mighty Real). The latter title was 1990 again in the version of Jimmy Somerville a hit. As background singers usually accompanied him Two Tons o 'Fun, Izora Rhodes and Martha Wash, under the name of The Weather Girls began their careers later. Even with Patrick Cowley he worked. In the film The Rose of 1979, which is based on the life of Janis Joplin, he played alongside Bette Midler a drag queen. Sylvester was known for his daring style of dress; already the final photo of the high school should have shown him in dress with pearl necklace. Its overall appearance earned him the half-ironic popular honorary title Queen of Disco, which he shares with Donna Summer and Gloria Gaynor. Sylvester died in 1988 of complications from AIDS.
2002 was devoted to the 11-minute documentary by Tim Smyth Sylvester: Mighty Real Life of Sylvester. 2005 saw his posthumous induction into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.
2007 produced Dannii Minogue along with Jason Nevins Touch Me Like That song, which includes a sample of Sylvester's top title, You Make Me Feel.