Sylvester "Syl" Johnson born Syl Johnson Sorry Bout Dat Different Strokes 1, is an American blues and soul singer and record producer. Born in Holly Springs, Mississippihe moved with his family to Chicago inwhere blues guitarist Magic Ramones Pleasant Dreams was his next-door neighbor. He recorded with Jimmy Reed for Vee-Jay in He made his solo debut that same year with Federala subsidiary of King Records of Cincinnati, backed by Freddie King on guitar.
Johnson began recording for Twinight Records of Chicago in the mids. Beginning with Barry Reynolds I Scare Myself first Syl Johnson Sorry Bout Dat Different Strokes, "Come On Sock It to Me", inhe dominated the label as both a hit-maker and a producer.
His song "Different Strokes", also fromis included on the breakbeat compilation album Ultimate Breaks and Beats. Inthe producer Willie Mitchell brought Johnson to Hi Recordsfor which the two recorded three albums, which generated a number of singles.
However, at Hi Records, Johnson was always to some extent in the shadow of Al GreenSyl Johnson Sorry Bout Dat Different Strokes if not artistically. Mitchell also chose to use mainly in-house compositions rather than Johnson's original songs.
Reviewing one of his last albums for Hi, 's Total ExplosionRobert Christgau wrote in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies : "Johnson has tended to disappear in between Willie Mitchell and Al Green, but on this LP he takes his harmonica up to the microphone and stands clear as a lapsed bluesman. Good move. His voice is still shriller, and more strained than Green's, but that can be a satisfying distinction in the right context. Edited Armenta Majik I Wanna Be With You 16, by Richard Bergman.
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