Sylvester: Age 44 | Cause Of Death: AIDS

(b. Sept. , 1944 in L.A, CA, d. Dec 16, 1988 in S.F.,CA)

Sylvester was born Sylvester James and was raised by his grandmother, blues singer Julia Morgan. After a short-lived gospel¬† career, he performed with the transvestite vocal group the Cockettes. His solo-career backing vocalists included Martha¬† Wash, Izora Rhodes (both of whom went on to form Two Tons of Fun and the Weather Girls), and Jeanie Tracy, and his shows were often outrageous and won him a large following in San Francisco’s gay community. He died of AIDS- related complications in 1988. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide

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