Syl Johnson Death : Chicago Soul singer of Different Strokes died at age 85.

By | June 16, 2022

(Market News) Chicago

Beloved Chicago Soul singer Syl Johnson has died at the age of 85, according to several news sources and statements posted on social media by his family.

The revered Chicago soul singer whose 1967 track “Different Strokes” became one of most sampled songs in hip-hop history has died.


Sylvester “Syl” Johnson was an American blues and soul singer and record producer.
Born: July 1, 1936 (age 85 years), Holly Springs, MS
Labels: Federal; Twilight/Twinight; Hi; Boardwalk; Delmark; Hep-Me; Evangeline
Children: Syleena Johnson
Siblings: Jimmy Johnson
Grandchildren: Kiwane Garris, Jr., Kingston Garris

His death was announced on social media by handlers of his official Facebook page.
The statements reads in part.
It is with extreme sadness that our family announces the passing of Soul & Blues Hall of Fame Legend, Grammy-Nominated Singer, Syl Johnson (born Sylvester Thompson in Holly Springs, MS). Dad, Brother, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Uncle, Friend & Artist, he lived his life as a singer, musician, and entrepreneur who loved black music.


The statements released on his social media page doesn’t include the cause of his death, we do know what led to his death as at the time of this publication.


Reacting to the news of the death of Syl Johnson, the Numero Group, an archival record label that creates compilations of previously released music wrote the following statement on twitter along with a photo of two men standing with Syl Johnson.

Even in his eighties Syl Johnson stayed on the scene, showing up with a crew and regaling youngsters with tales from the Civil Rights era or some recent encounter at the bank. Here he is in 2019 at our open house with Ned Doheny and Hüsker Dü’s Greg Norton.
“I made my opportunities, but I never got the breaks I should have gotten,” he said. “I was a jack-of-all-trades. More soul than Marvin, more funk than James. If I’d gone pop, you’d be talkin’ about me, not them. I rate right at the top, though I’ve been underrated all my life.”

Michael Slaboch ,  music, film, and comedy events producer reacting to the news released the following statements.




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