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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  1. With disco, there are just too many great songs to choose from. The obvious kings of disco at the time were the Bee Gees, if only off the back of Saturday Night Fever. But the group that I remember really getting me dancing in those heady teenage days was Chic

  2. Hi, again! I may have heard this song. I remember a few Disco songs, but those really weren’t my type of music. We never went dancing much, either, and if we did it was at a C&W place. We went to rock concerts in the 70s, mostly. …Thanks for providing this space for showcasing some of our favorite songs, Hugh! … Here’s mine for the week…they go way back to the 50s. 🙂 enjoy!

  3. Hi Hugh,
    Ahhh…this one brings back memories to the old bar days and dancing our butts off. Recently I went to a dinner club in Ft. Lauderdale call Lips. The entertainment is drag while you eat and drink. I don’t remember the drag queen’s name but she performed this song. Thanks for keeping the memories alive. Hugs.

      1. That was definitely THE episode. Did you ever watch the new Dallas series? It is not the same anymore. I watched a few episodes and then gave up on it.

        1. No, thank heavens I never saw it, Erika. We had a ‘soap opera’ in the UK called Crossroads. It was huge in the 1970s, then went off air in the 1980s, only to come back in the early 2000s. It was never the same and quickly disappeared from our screens. Phew!

  4. I love a bit oof Disco, Hugh. I had never seen Sylvester video before although I knew the song very well, he is bit of a chameleon isn’t he?!
    For me, the Queen of Disco just has to be Donna Summer. I am spoilt for choice with all of the songs she released but this is one of my favourites. Couldn’t find her performing it so you have the delightful Legs & Co dancing for you!

    1. I remember Leggs & Co, so well, Judy. My dad was a big fan. I think it the only reason why he would watch Top Of The Pops with me. 😮

      I agree about Donna Summer. She was the Queen of disco but was rather silly with some of the comments she made about gay people. Still, she soon realised her mistake when her record sales took a nosedive. I remember being told to make a vase out of the 12-inch vinyl singles I had of hers. 😀 Heartbreaking, but had to be done.

      1. Funnily enough, my stepdad used to like Leggs & Co too! I didn’t realise that Donna Summer had made anti-gay remarks. People were so ignorant back then, but actually that is no excuse!!!😡😡😡

        1. Absolutely! Having said that, some things you cannot take back once you have said them.
          Love that ‘pink pound’ expression, never heard it before 🙂

  5. Oh the drama of Dynasty (and Dallas)! LOL! I had never heard of Sylvester’s song, but it is catchy and screams “disco!” I always enjoyed Donna Summer’s songs. Ironically, Rod Stewart won Best Disco Album (or song?) in 1979 for “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy!”

    1. Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ hot-footed Sylvester’s record in changing the way for music back in the late ’70s, Terri. As for Rod Stewart winning best disco album or song in 1979 for ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy’, that’s gotta be one the biggest ‘really?’ moments in the music industry. There were so many far more interesting songs that were real disco back then, but that’s just my opinion. I’d have given the award to Barry Manilow, over Rod Stewart, any day.

  6. Big smiles Hugh.. that Dynasty scene takes me back… I wouldn’t miss an episode back then. Oh how times change.. Now I can not abide the soaps of today on UK TV… .. lol.. Have a great week.. 🙂

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