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Chicagoan of the year in Music: Syl Johnson
December 22, 2010, 10:26 am
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Needless to say we are pretty excited for Syl as he’s been named, Chicagoan of the year in Music, by the Trib.  It’s been a pretty amazing year for him and us to say the least, thanks again to everyone for all your support with this massive endeavor that is, Complete Mythology.

“I cut hits, I produced hits in the ‘60s,” he says. “ ‘Sock It to Me’ sold 80,000 copies in a month. ‘Different Strokes’ was a big hit. But we hit a brick wall because we didn’t know how to run a business.”

The business may have disappointed Johnson, but he never gave up on music.

“I don’t sing like I used to sing,” he says. “I am more polished now. It’s about knowing when to relax, and when to let it out. I need peace and tranquility off stage. On stage, the emotions come out. My emotions get elevated and I am alive to the world. When the people gather and the music starts to play, it all makes sense.”

You can read the entire piece here.

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