We never stop looking for cool bits and pieces from Syl Johnson’s storied career, and a recent find from a Woodlawn community newsletter shows Syl wasn’t always picking and choosing his gigs. Back when Is It Because I’m Black was brand new, Syl was working every angle to get his name in front of the ravenous soul music fanbase in Chicago, including picking up a discarded gig from the velvet-voiced crooner Joe Simon. With decades of hard work under his belt, Syl plays second string to no one, least of all Joe Simon, who long ago abandoned rhythm & blues for gospel. Thanks to Andrew Kahrl for unearthing this rare clip!
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