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Syl Johnson

Chicago bluesman Syl Johnson got his start playing as a sideman in Southside blues clubs alongside Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, and Junior Wells. Although he made his first recordings in 1956 accompanying Billy Boy Arnold, success eluded him until his 1967 single for the Twilight label, "Come On Sock It To Me," reached number 12 on the R&B charts. Johnson cut two more albums for the label before signing with Hi Records in 1971. The third of his exemplary albums for Hi, TOTAL EXPLOSION, contained Johnson’s… Show more

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