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|Birth name||Foster Emerson Sylvers|
February 25, 1962 |
Pasadena, California, U.S.
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Genres||R&B, Dance, Soul, Disco, Funk|
|Instruments||Vocals, Bass guitar|
|Associated acts||The Sylvers|
Foster Emerson Sylvers (born February 25, 1962 in Los Angeles) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known for being a member of the family act The Sylvers and his hit single "Misdemeanor".
Foster Sylvers released his first album, Foster Sylvers, on June 10, 1973. His first single, "Misdemeanor," written by his brother Leon Sylvers III, became a hit that summer, reaching number 7 R&B on Billboard′s chart. "Misdemeanor"'s follow-up was a cover of Dee Clark's 1959 hit "Hey Little Girl", and charted at number 63 R&B in fall 1973. The popularity of these records led to Foster to appear on such TV shows as American Bandstand and Soul Train. In 1974 he released his second album, Foster Sylvers Featuring Pat & Angie Sylvers. By 1975 he joined his brothers and sisters in the The Sylvers just in time for the Showcase album. He co-sang lead with his brother Edmund on the Number One 1976 Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Soul Singles song "Boogie Fever". While with Capitol, Foster released another self-titled album called Foster Sylvers in early 1978, primarily produced by his family The Sylvers and their managers Al Ross and Bob Cullen. Foster then branched out into studio work just like his big brother Leon collaborating on many projects such as with Dynasty ("Your Piece of the Rock", "When You Feel Like Giving Love", "Satisfied") and Evelyn "Champagne" King ("Shake Down," number 12 R&B, spring 1984). By the late 1980s Foster recorded two albums as Foster Sylvers & Hy-Tech: 1987's Plain & Simple for EMI America and 1990's Prime Time for A&M.
His sisters claim that Ricky, Foster's older brother, influenced Foster to become a drug addict. Foster has been registered on the Riverside, California Sex Offenders list. He and Ricky were imprisoned for drug charges. They were both released in 2012.
|Year||Album||Chart positions||Record label|
|1974||Foster Sylvers Featuring Pat & Angie Sylvers||—||—|
|1987||Plain and Simple (as Foster Sylvers & Hy-Tech)||—||—||EMI America|
|1990||Prime Time (as Foster Sylvers & Hy-Tech)||—||—||A&M Records|
- "Soul Train: "Foster Sylvers "Misdemeanor" performance"". YouTube.com. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
- "Foster Emerson Sylvers". Mugshots.com. Retrieved 9 August 2013.