Syl Johnson

Genres: R&B / Soul
Tags: soul funk blues rhythm and blues rnb Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Sylvester Thompson, 1 July 1936, Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA. Johnson was the youngest of three children and his family moved to Chicago during the late 40s. An elder brother, Mac Thompson, played bass with the Magic Sam Blues Band. Having learned guitar and harmonica, Johnson began frequenting the city’s southside blues clubs, playing alongside Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Junior Wells. His first recordings were made in 1956 accompanying Billy Boy Arnold, after which Johnson appeared on sessions for Shakey Jake, Junior Wells and Jimmy Reed. In 1959 Federal released Johnson’s first solo single, ‘Teardrops’, and he recorded unsuccessfully for several independents until signing with Twilight (later changed to Twinight) in 1967. His debut there, ‘Come On Sock It To Me’, reached number 12 in the R&B chart. Johnson’s musical activities, however, were not solely confined to performing. He also produced several local acts...

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