Sylvester was the Grand Dame of Disco, and few would even try to compete. The bitch could sing, and out drag anyone. She was wicked, gorgeous and talented, and there wasn't anyone who could tell her any differently. She was spectacular at a time when no drag queen (or gay man) was supposed to be.
Sylvester worked with a San Francisco based group called the Cockettes, described as a psychedelic drag troupe, a flamboyant group of hippies. She was part of the group in the early 70s, and usually performed Bessie Smith songs. Soon, Sylvester went out solo, and released the first album in 1973. In 1978, Sylvester released You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) which was a smash hit.
Do You Wanna Funk followed it with another hit, and was featured in a movie I posted about - Longtime Companion.
Of course, who could miss the double entendre of a drag queen singing about feeling mighty real? How fierce was that! Proving that some talent is just too incredible to be reigned in, here is Sylvester singing about the Dance (Disco Heat).
One song Sylvester often performed was Someone Like You, another great dance song. I couldn't resist this video, as he comes out looking like the image Patty LaBelle put on herself a few years later.
Sylvester left us way too soon. He passed on December 16, 1988, following a battle with AIDS. But she was one drag queen who paved the way for so many to come, like Boy George, Pete Burns, RuPaul and others. And how about the boy songbirds with a falsetto, like Jimmy Sommerville, or even str8 boys like Robin Thicke? Without those 41 years on this planet, who knows what the LGBT landscape would look like. Thank you, Sylvester. I will conclude with Sylvester singing an incredible cover of Stevie Wonder's Living For The City.