Sylvester James, 6 September 1947, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 12 June 1988. Having moved to San Francisco in 1967, James joined the Cockettes, an androgynous theatrical group with whom he made his debut on New Years Eve 1970. He subsequently pursed a career as Ruby Blue before putting together the Hot Band with James Q. Smith (guitar), Bobby Blood (trumpet), Chris Mostert (saxophone), Kerry Hatch (bass) and Travis Fullerton (drums). The line-up later included vocalists Izora Rhodes and Martha Wash, later better known as the Weather Girls. Early recordings for Blue Thumb Records, coupled with an outrageous live show, secured James local reputation, but his discovery by former Motown Records producer Harvey Fuqua led to a much wider audience. In 1978 Sylvester scored two massive disco hits with You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) and Dance (Disco Heat), performances marked by an unswerving urgency and the...
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