Monday, 30 May 2011

Syl Johnson 60's musical history also ft Ken Boothe

Description from Wikipedia
Born Sylvester Thompson in Holly Springs, Mississippi, Johnson sang and played with blues artists Magic Sam, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells and Howlin' Wolf in the 1950s, before recording with Jimmy Reed for Vee-Jay in 1959. He made his solo debut that same year with Federal, a subsidiary of King Records of Cincinnati, backed by Freddie King on guitar.

He then began recording for Twinight Records of Chicago in the mid 1960s. Beginning with his first hit, Come On Sock It to Me in 1967, Johnson dominated the label as both a hitmaker and producer. His song Different Strokes, also from 1967, featured recently on the Ultimate Breaks and Beats breakbeat compilation.

Like other black songwriters of the period, several of his records at this time explored themes of African-American identity and social problems in songs including Is It Because I'm Black (ft below) which reached Number 11 in the R&B charts in 1969.

I was 1. Proving that in a relatively short space of time great changes can occur. Humanity has come a long way since then.. thanks to the fearless the faithful - and love.

And the one I'm more familiar with
Can I just say it'll be hard to find a more solid riddim track anywhere in my opinion - quality!

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