The Sylvers were an American family musical act composed of nine siblings, including Olympia, Leon, Charmaine, James, Edmund, Angie, Pat and Foster. The group mastered barbershop four-part harmonies and performed on variety shows. They were also well-known for their synchronized dancing moves during performances.
After releasing their debut album, The Sylvers, in 1972, the band went on to record several more albums. Their hit singles, such as Fool’s Paradise and Hot Line, helped them gain recognition among the music industry. The group achieved a high level of success during the disco era due to their energetic performances and catchy tunes.
Despite their immense popularity, The Sylvers faced many personal struggles and tragic events in their lives. Several members of the group died, and others struggled with drug addiction. The Sylvers eventually dissolved in 1985.
In this episode of Unsung, the members of The Sylvers discuss the ups and downs of their career as a group. They recall how the music business and wider society often took Black musicians for granted, treating them like some dispensable part of a production process. The show also explores the impact of the death of the lead singer, Edmond Sylvers, on the band and their legacy. In the end, the show highlights the importance of preserving African-American history through music.