Disco icon Sylvester is the subject of a biography by a prolific Hailsham writer.
Sharon Davies knew the You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) singer better than most – she was his publicist and worked day and night with the star.
Record company reports and schedules accompanied by exclusive and personal visuals bring alive the time they shared in 1978, making her book a valuable insight into a global hit in the making.
Sharon writes frankly about Sylvester’s unpredictability and stubbornness, his love to shock, alongside his thoughtful and caring nature. But most of all she writes with love about the friendship they developed.
Sylvester was revered as the gay community’s ambassador giving them courage to fully live the life.
While his music crossed all boundaries – disco, ballad, gospel, blues and mainstream – it was disco that propelled him into the stratosphere.
Away from the music spotlight, Sylvester was relentless in educating the black and minority communities about AIDS.
He performed fundraising concerts to help much needed research into the deadly disease before it claimed his own life in December 1988.
Sharon ran the Four Tops fan club before spearheading Motown Ad Astra, catering for all the Motown acts, where, among other things, she edited the in-house magazine TCB.
Later, she was publicist for Fantasy, Stax and Salsoul before joining Motown Records in London.
From Motown, Sharon formed her own press/promotion company Eyes & Ears, worked for Blues & Soul magazine (and later its website), and became a full time author and researcher. To date, she has written 11 books (her A Girl Called Dusty, published by Carlton Books in 2008, is being considered as a movie).
Mighty Real: Sharon Davis Remembers Sylvester, published this year, was subjected to many unavoidable delays but is now available.
Already researching her next book, which is Motown related, Sharon also plans to write her autobiography some time in the future, although she says, she’d better get a move on as she’s not getting any younger!
Meanwhile, her monthly Motown Spotlight on soulmusic.com is read by thousands, and she can be followed on her Facebook page and on Twitter.
As a researcher, Sharon assisted Diana Ross with her autobiography Secrets Of A Sparrow, and is in constant demand for her knowledge about Motown and its artists.
When she’s not writing, Sharon is the publicist for the Hailsham FM radio gang, the Ropemaker Theatre Company Limited and Hailsham Lions.
Mighty Real: Sharon Davis Remembers Sylvester is published by Bank House Books and Media.
It is available via amazon.co.uk, Barnes & Noble and other reputable book sites. Also by post – BHBM, PO Box 3, New Romney, TN29 9WJ. Cheques payable to D. Randle for £12.50 (including postage and packing).