Take Me Back - Syl Johnson - Chicago Twinight Soul (CD)
The title track of that album was Johnson's last hit record. Around the mids, Johnson mostly retired from performing, making Take Me Back - Syl Johnson - Chicago Twinight Soul (CD) occasional appearances at blues clubs.
At that time, he opened a chain of seafood restaurants and began investing in real estate. This stimulated his interest in making comeback in the music industry.
He recorded the album Back in the Take Me Back - Syl Johnson - Chicago Twinight Soul (CD), released by Delmark Records inTake Me Back - Syl Johnson - Chicago Twinight Soul (CD) featured the Hi rhythm section and his youngest daughter, Syleena Johnson. One day, at a session for Vee-Jay Records, Calvin Carter, whose sister co-owned the label, heard Syl singing and said he'd like to make a record with him. Syl went home and wrote a couple of songs, then stopped by a "record your voice" machine to make a little demo.
Then he got on the bus, and was walking from the bus stop to Vee-Jay to remind them of the label's promise. Halfway there, he saw the King Records office, and decided to go in there instead. Ralph Bass, who oversaw King's Chicago operations, took the homemade record into his office, played it a couple of times while Syl waited in the lobby, made a phone call to the home office in Cincinnati, and came back to tell Syl he had a deal.
Syl signed to King's subsidiary Federal, where he cut 14 sides between and that were very much in the style of Federal's big star, Freddie King. The later ones sounded more like the music that was big in Chicago's West Side clubs, where Syl played music halfway between blues and soul. Chicago in those days was a jungle of tiny record labels, and Syl recorded for a number of them. If these records had sounded better, he might have had hits.
However, at Hi Johnson was always to some extent in Al Green 's shadow commercially, if not artistically. Mitchell also chose to use mainly in-house material rather than Johnson originals. Fine Brown Framewas picked up for distribution by Boardwalk Records and produced Johnson's last hit record, the title cut. Around the mids, Johnson started a fast-food fish restaurant business, and became semi-retired from performing, only making occasional appearances at blues club gigs.
When Sylvester was almost 10, his Take Me Back - Syl Johnson - Chicago Twinight Soul (CD) migrated to Chicago, where he found work, at which point he sent for his wife and kids one by one.
Sylvester and his brother Mack arrived inand almost before they were in the Take Me Back - Syl Johnson - Chicago Twinight Soul (CD), they discovered their year-old next-door neighbor sitting on his porch playing a guitar. The kid was Sam Maghett, later known as Magic Sam, and Syl was amazed at how well this new kid played guitar, something he'd picked up from his childhood friend Matt "Guitar" Murphy. Soon, Mack, Sam and Syl had a little band. Sam's uncle, "Shakey Jake" Harris, an established player on the Chicago blues scene, grabbed Syl for his band inand soon Syl was in demand as a studio guitarist.
One day, at a session for Vee-Jay Records, Calvin Carter, whose sister co-owned the label, heard Syl singing and said he'd like to make a record with him. Syl went home and wrote a couple of songs, then stopped by a "record your voice" machine to make a little demo. Walk a Mile In My Shoes. Black Balloons. Come Together. Together Forever. Concrete Reservation.
Let Them Hang High. Is It Because Im Black. Going To the Shack. DonuT Give It Away. I Can Take Care of Homework. Take Me Back. I Can Take Care of Business.
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