A rollicking vocalist and gifted harmonica player, Syl Johnson has forged a career in both blues and soul. He sang and played with blues artists Magic Sam, Billy Boy Arnold and Junior Wells in the 1950s before recording with Jimmy Reed for Vee- Jay in 1959. He made his solo debut that same year with Federal Records.
Johnson toured with Howlin‰۪ Wolf from late 1959 until 1962, when Willie Mitchell signed him to Hi Records. Johnson recorded for both Twilight and Hi in the late 1960s and early 1970s, clicking with the dance / novelty cut ‰Û÷Come On Sock It To Me‰۪ and crackling message track ‰Û÷Is It Because I‰۪m Black?‰۪.
He had his biggest hit with ‰Û÷Take Me To The River‰۪ in 1975, reaching Number 7 on the R&B charts.åÊ