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Random Jukebox: Sylvester’s Over And Over 

The LGBTQ icon for whom “gender was an everyday choice”, Sylvester James Jr. (September 6, 1947 – December 16, 1988), embodied the freedom and sexual transgression of the disco era more potently than perhaps any other performer. 

Fat, black and very very gay, Sylvester encapsulated otherness to the nth degree. He was Luther Vandross so far out of the closet it was padlocked and marked in big bold letters Do Not Return.

His flamboyant devil may care attitude translated on record to mega hits like You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) – a perennial club classic latterly described as the “cornerstone of gay disco”.
I’ve gone something a little rawer, sweatier and less polished, picking the soaring cover of Ashford & Simpson’s Over And Over from 1977’s self-titled debut album as Sylvester’s high point, his trademark falsetto in full flow.
To those in the know, Sylvester is rightfully crowned the real Queen Of Disco, and, you know what? Donna Summer’s just fine about that.
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