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Syl Johnson

A rollicking vocalist and gifted harmonica player, Syl Johnson has forged a career in both blues and soul. The brother of bassist Mac Thompson and guitarist/vocalist Jimmy Johnson, Syl Johnson sang and played with blues artists Magic Sam, Billy Boy Arnold, and Junior Wells in the '50s before recording with Jimmy Reed for Vee-Jay in 1959. He made his solo debut that same year with Federal. Johnson toured with Howlin' Wolf from late 1959 until 1962, when Willie Mitchell signed him to Hi Records. Johnson recorded for both Twilight and Hi in the late '60s and early '70s, clicking with the dance/novelty cut "Come on Sock It to Me" and crackling message track "Is It Because I'm Black?" He had his biggest hit with "Take Me to the River" in 1975, reaching number seven on the R&B charts. Johnson later recorded for Shama and Boardwalk. He reappeared on a collaboration with his brother Jimmy in the summer of 2002, humorously titled Two Johnsons Are Better Than One. ~ Ron Wynn
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Track List: Complete Mythology

Disc 1

1. Teardrops

2. They Who Love

3. I've Got Love

4. Lonely Man

5. I Need Love

7. I've Got To Find My Baby

9. Little Sally Walker

10. I Resign From Your Love

11. I Wanna Know

12. Well Oh Well

13. Please, Please, Please

14. I'm Looking For My Baby

16. I Know

17. A Half Love

18. I've Been Talked About

19. This Heart Of Mine

Disc 2

1. Falling In Love Again

2. I've Got To Get Over

3. Straight Love, No Chaser

4. Surrounded

5. Try Me

6. Half A Love

7. Do You Know What Love Is

8. The Love I Found In You

9. Do You Know What Love Is

10. Things Ain't Right

11. Come On Sock It To Me

12. Different Strokes

13. Sorry 'bout Dat

14. Ode To Soul Man

15. I'll Take Those Skinny Legs

16. Send Me Some Lovin'

17. Soul Drippin'

18. Fox Hunting On The Weekend

19. Try Me

20. I Feel An Urge

22. Love Condition

Disc 3

1. My Funky Band

2. Sockin' Soul Power

3. Double Whammy

4. Dresses Too Short

5. I Can Take Care Of Business

6. Some Kind Of Thing

7. I've Got The Real Thing

8. Take Me Back

9. I Take Care Of Homework

10. Let Them Hang High

11. Don't Give It Away

12. Going To The Shack

13. Is It Because I'm Black

14. Concrete Reservations

15. Together Forever

16. Come Together

17. Black Balloons

18. Walk A Mile In My Shoes

19. I'm Talkin' 'bout' Freedom

20. Right On

21. Everybody Needs Love

Disc 4

1. One Way Ticket To Nowhere

2. Kiss By Kiss

3. Thank You Baby

4. We Do It Together

5. Try My Love

6. That's Why

7. Get Ready

8. The Way You Do The Things You Do

9. Annie Got Hot Pants Power Pt. I

10. Wouldn't Change My Lady

11. All I Need Is Someone Like You

12. Let's Start All Over Again

13. Hot Pants Lady

14. Wiggle In Your Hips

15. Your Love Is Good For Me

16. Trying To Get You

17. Soul Strokes

18. Annie Got Hot Pants Power Pt. II

19. Soul Heaven

Disc 5
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Disc 10
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Track List: Bridge To A Legacy

1. Who's Still In Love

2. I Been Missin' U

3. Half A Love

4. Unconditional Llove

5. Midnight Woman

6. Piece Of The Rock

7. I Don't Know Why

8. Let's Get It On Again

9. They Can't See Your Good Side

10. Sexy Wayz

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i mean write the song any way the wind blow
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did syl johnson make the song anyway the wind blow
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i thought it was a woman singing. love the song nonetheless
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Good music will never die. From RASHON IBN ALMUHYI. AS SALAAMU ALAIKUM. To all
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Real music never fades!
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on the SYL
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Wow,awesome vocals. I see from where his daughter,Syl e e n a Johnson get it!
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WELL WELL LET THEM HANG HIGH WAS THE S**T REAL COOL N I LOVE IT
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mwinegardner
Check out my story about Syl Johnson in the Oxford American's 2011 Music Issue.
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Syl is a hell of a singer who never reached the heights that he should have.Also great live performer

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