Disco icon’s life captured in book by Hailsham writer

Sharon Davis with Sylvester
Sharon Davis with Sylvester

Disco icon Sylvester has been remembered in a biographical book written by a Hailsham writer.

Sharon Davis was the You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) singer’s publicist and worked day and night with the star.

Sharon, who is known locally for her work with the Hailsham Lions and Hailsham FM, tracks the build up to his biggest global hit You Make Me feel in the book.

Record company reports and schedules accompanied by exclusive and personal visuals bring alive the time they shared in 1978, making this book a valuable insight into the hit in the making.

Sharon writes frankly about Sylvester’s unpredictability and stubbornness, his love to shock, alongside his thoughtful and caring nature. But most of all she writes with love about the friendship they developed.

Sharon said: “Sylvester was revered as the gay community’s ambassador, giving them courage to fully live the life. While his music crossed all boundaries – disco, ballad, gospel, blues and mainstream – it was disco that propelled him into the stratosphere.

“Away from the music spotlight, Sylvester was relentless in educating the black and minority communities about AIDS. He performed fund raising concerts to help much needed research into the deadly disease before it claimed his life in December 1988.”

Sharon ran the Four Tops fan club before spearheading Motown Ad Astra, and she edited the in-house magazine TCB. Later, she was publicist for Fantasy, Stax and Salsoul before joining Motown Records in London.

From Motown, Sharon formed her own press/promotion company Eyes and Ears, worked for Blues and Soul magazine, and became a full time author and researcher. To date, Sharon has written 11 books. Her A Girl Called Dusty, published by Carlton Books in 2008, is being considered as a movie.

Mighty Real: Sharon Davis Remembers Sylvester, is available on Amazon.

It is published by Bank House Books and Media.

Sharon said she is already researching her next book, which is Motown related.

She plans to write her autobiography some time in the future.

She has a monthly Motown spotlight on soulmusic.com.

As a researcher, Sharon assisted Diana Ross with her autobiography Secrets Of A Sparrow, and is in constant demand for her knowledge about Motown and its artists.

When she’s not writing, Sharon is the publicist for Hailsham FM, the Ropemaker Theatre Company Limited and Hailsham Lions.