Syl Johnson – Different Strokes

Syl Johnson - Different Strokes

So…… I’m back from my trip to Krakow and just about recovered enough to be able to bring you this week’s update. If you’ve never been I highly recommend it – plenty of things to see & do and if you are visiting from the U.K. or the U.S. you’ll notice how much cheaper everything is than back home. I don’t want to go into too much detail about it as this is a funk & soul blog – not a travel blog!!

On to today’s song selection and this is probably one of the most well-known tracks I’ll ever feature on the blog as it’s been very popular among soul & funk collectors for quite a few years now and has been sampled in a number of hip-hop tracks over the years too. The inspiration behind this choice came about as I’ve been confirmed to dj at the “Different Strokes” event in Manchester in early September – you can check out the event details here: http://www.soul-source.co.uk/soulforum/calendar/event/39870-different-strokes-2-room-special/

I’ll do a very quick bio on Syl as he’s been responsible for so many songs that he’s either written/produced for himself or other artists that to go into detail would take a lifetime!! His first single was released in ’67 and entitled “Come On Sock It To Me” which went on to become a top 20 R&B hit. His 2nd single was today’s choice and also made the R&B top 20 which yielded a string of other R&B chart hits though pop success was to elude him unfortunately.

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