Syl Johnson

American blues and soul singer and record producer
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Sylvester "Syl" Johnson (born Sylvester Thompson; July 1, 1936 – February 6, 2022[1]) was an American blues and soul singer, musician and record producer. His most successful records included "Different Strokes" (1967), "Is It Because I'm Black" (1969) and "Take Me to the River" (1975). Johnson was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi. His career began in 1959.

Johnson died on February 6, 2022 in Mableton, Georgia of congestive heart failure at the age of 85.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Chicago Blues, Soul Legend Syl Johnson Dies at 85". February 6, 2022.