Happy birthday to 70s star Foster Sylvers!

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    For many women of a certain age, he was their first musical heartthrob. But Foster Sylvers was more than that, a talented singer and multi-instrumentalist who was part of the iconic family act The Sylvers.

    Born on February 25, 1962, Sylvers first came to the world’s attention with his hit debut album – when he was only 11 years old. Working with older brother and producer Leon Sylvers, Foster immediately hit the top 10 with “Misdemeanor,” and followed with a hit cover of the 50s classic “Hey Little Girl.”

    After two solo albums, Foster joined his siblings in the expanding family group in time for the act’s greatest success, singing lead or co-lead on several songs during the period when The Sylvers regularly topped the charts with songs like “Boogie Fever” and “Hot Line.”

    For many women of a certain age, he was their first musical heartthrob. But Foster Sylvers was more than that, a talented singer and multi-instrumentalist who was part of the iconic family act The Sylvers.

    Born on February 25, 1962, Sylvers first came to the world’s attention with his hit debut album – when he was only 11 years old. Working with older brother and producer Leon Sylvers, Foster immediately hit the top 10 with “Misdemeanor,” and followed with a hit cover of the 50s classic “Hey Little Girl.”

    After two solo albums, Foster joined his siblings in the expanding family group in time for the act’s greatest success, singing lead or co-lead on several songs during the period when The Sylvers regularly topped the charts with songs like “Boogie Fever” and “Hot Line.”

    A particularly strong bassist, Foster Sylvers spent much of the 80s supporting other artists, performing with Dynasty, Evelyn “Champaign” King and others. He also reignited his solo career, issuing a couple of moderately successful albums.

    Foster Sylvers ran into significant legal problems in the mid-90s and served time in prison. His career has been quieter since then, but he remains a vital part of the memories of a generation of soul music fans who grew up during the halcyon days of his career.

    By Chris Rizik

     
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