51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 19: Sylvester – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)

If you’ve been following this feature since week one, then you’ll already have seen just how diverse I am when it comes to music. This week is no exception as I showcase a song which, for me, was the song that changed the direction of music. Get the glitterball and disco-lights out because we’re off to the 1970s.

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I’ve featured songs from the 1970s before. From a fantastic song that featured a stuffed pigeon to a song that featured a good looking cowboy, the 1970s never failed to disappoint. Then, in 1978, music reached a crossroads, and this is one of the songs that changed the direction of what we would all listen to.

You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) launched singer, Sylvester, into the spotlight. Here was a song that was one of the first pioneering disco records that would change the way the music singles charts would look. The song became a huge hit in nightclubs, helping propel it to the number 8 spot in the UK. Although in the U.S.A it only peaked at number 36 on the Billboard Hot 100, it spent many weeks at the number one spot on the Billboard disco/dance charts.

You can’t help but know that you’re in the 1970s when watching this video. I’ve no idea what those two dancers are doing at the beginning of the video but Sylvester, himself, ensured he was the star of the show. Just look at his outfits and how he uses that staircase to his full advantage. Not even Joan Collins could look that good using the top of a staircase, could she?

Oh, my! What a cliffhanger! I do hope Joan survived being throttled. OK, maybe I stand corrected? Not only that, but did you notice how Sylvester (after a quick haircut) used that fan to keep himself super cool? I’m not surprised, given those waiters who seem to be showing off while walking round and round in a circle with my drink! Hello, guys, where’s my milkshake? I’m over here.

Sylvester certainly gets my vote for the award of showing yourself off on a staircase.

Do you have a favourite ‘disco’ song? Leave a link to it in the comments section.

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post. Thank you to Ruth, Marie, Barbara, Kat, and Cookies & Moo who joined in with publishing a blog post of a favourite song.

Want to join Hugh in building up your 51 favourite songs from the past? Leave a link in the comments section below and showcase your next song.

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