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Sylvester - Do Ya Wanna Funk (Megatone Records 1982)

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Published on Dec 5, 2012

"Do Ya Wanna Funk" is a dance song recorded by American recording artist Sylvester. The song was released in 1982 and it was produced by Patrick Cowley, who incidentally died the same year. "Do Ya Wanna Funk" was mostly successful in Europe, especially Switzerland, Netherlands, Norway (where it became a top-10 hit) and even in the United Kingdom where it made the top 40. It also made the Top 30 in Australia.

The song is heard briefly in the movie Trading Places, a comedy-drama movie starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd.

Sylvester James (September 6, 1947 -- December 16, 1988), better known as Sylvester, was an American disco and soul singer-songwriter. Known for his flamboyant and androgynous appearance, he was often described as a drag queen, although repeatedly rejected such a description. Responsible for a string of hit singles, in the late 1970s, Sylvester became known in the United States under the moniker of the "Queen of Disco".

Born in Watts, Los Angeles, Sylvester first developed a love of singing through the gospel choirs of his Pentecostal church, however left the congregation after being persecuted for his homosexuality. Leaving home as a teenager, he was an early founder of a group of African-American cross-dressers and transwomen known as The Disquotays, who eventually disbanded in 1970. Moving to San Francisco, he embraced the counter-cultural lifestyle and joined drag troupe The Cockettes, eventually producing his own solo shows in which he was heavily influenced by female blues and jazz singers like Billie Holiday and Josephine Baker. It the middle of their critically panned tour of New York City, Sylvester left the Cockettes and decided to focus entirely on a solo career.

As the front man for Sylvester and his Hot Band, he released two commercially unsuccessful albums on Blue Thumb Records in 1973 before the members of the Hot Band left him. Gaining new backing singers in the form of Two Tons O' Fun and subsequently Jeanie Tracy, he proceeded to obtain a new recording contract with Harvey Fuqua of Fantasy Records. His first solo album, Sylvester (1977), was a moderate success, and was followed by the acclaimed disco album, Step II (1978), which spawned the hit singles "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" and "Dance (Disco Heat)". He produced three more albums with Fantasy Records before breaking from them un-amicably. Signing to Megatone Records, the dance-orientated label founded by his friend and collaborator Patrick Cowley, he produced four further albums and the hit Hi-NRG track "Do Ya Wanna Funk". An activist who campaigned against the spread of HIV/AIDS, Sylvester died from complications arising from the virus in 1988.

On September 20, 2004, Sylvester's anthem record, "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)", was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame. A year later, on September 19, 2005, Sylvester himself was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame for his achievement as an artist.

There is somethin'
I wanna ask you
There is somethin'
that I want to know
And to this question
you have the answer
So tell me
what I want to know

Do ya wanna funk
Won't you tell me now
If you wanna funk
Let me show you how
Do ya wanna funk with me
Do ya wanna funk with me

So if I tell you
That you are really somethin', baby
Will you stay
or will you go away
(Don't go away)
And when I lay my good
lovin' on you (baby)
What will it cost me (baby)
What will you make me Pay

Do ya wanna funk
Won't you tell me now
If you wanna funk
Let me show you how
Do ya wanna funk with me
Do ya wanna funk with me

So if I tell you
That you are really somethin', baby
Will you stay or will you go away
(Don't go away)
And when I lay my good lovin' on you (baby)
What will it cost me (baby)
What will you make me Pay

Do ya wanna funk
Won't you tell me now
If you wanna funk
Let me show you how
Do ya wanna funk with me
Do ya wanna funk with me

If ya wanna funk
Let me show you how
Do ya wanna funk with me
Do ya wanna funk with me

Ooh wee, baby, oh

You got a match?
Um hm
You got a match?
Um hm, um hm
It's a forbidden club
Look at all the fabulous people
You wanna dance?
Yes, I'd love to
Let's party a little bit
Alright

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