BY Advocate.com Editors

March 26 2010 12:10 PM ET

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 SYLVESTER X390 (JEFF KATZ) | ADVOCATE.COM

Unsung: Sylvester — For many music fans, Sylvester James remains the king and queen of disco. After he escaped an impoverished upbringing in L.A.’s South-Central neighborhood, Sylvester’s relentless drive, outrageous personality, and breathtaking talent would soon make him the toast of San Francisco nightlife. Undisputed classics like "Dance (Disco Heat)" and "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" would take him to the top of the dance charts. Family members, band members, and close friends recall Sylvester’s life, from the torment he suffered as an overtly feminine boy to his refusal to “butch up” his image for recording executives to his untimely demise from AIDS-related complications. Perhaps most revealing is audio of an interview the singer gave a month before his death in December 1988. While his voice is weak and weary, Sylvester’s indefatigable personality still commands attention. Sylvester will premiere March 29 on TV One.

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