Syl Johnson

Syl Johnson recorded a string of popular blues and R&B songs in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, which have been inspiration for generations of musicians.  Soul, funk and Hip-Hop artists have cited Syl and his style of playing as influences including Jay Z.  Over the years he has performed with such icons as Magic Sam, Junior Wells, Howlin’ Wolf and guitarman Freddy King.  Syl also wrote several of his own hits, including “Different Strokes” which led to the creation of his own music publishing company in the 1960s.
 

Interview Date:
December 10, 2013
Job Title:
Musician, Songwriter

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