Edmund Sylvers

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Edmund Sylvers
Sylvers, 1974.
Born Edmund Theodore Sylvers
(1957-01-25)January 25, 1957
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Died March 11, 2004(2004-03-11) (aged 47)[1]
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Cause of death Lung cancer
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
Years active 1971–2004
Partner(s) Freda Payne
Children 11
Relatives see Sylvers family
Musical career
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Vocals
  • drums
Associated acts

Edmund Theodore Sylvers (January 25, 1957 – March 11, 2004) was and American singer–songwriter, actor and musician. Slyvers was best known as the lead singer of the American family disco/soul music vocal group The Sylvers,[2] which hit popular success with songs such as "Boogie Fever" and others during the mid to late–1970s.


Born in Memphis, Tennessee and raised in Los Angeles, California, Sylvers was the fifth child born to Leon and Shirley Mae Slyvers (1932–2014). Sylvers began his career in entertainment in acting at age fourteen, providing the voice of Marlon Jackson on the ABC–TV cartoon series The Jackson 5ive; which originally aired from 1971 until 1973. After the series, Sylvers started singing with his family-based musical group when he was fifteen years old. Sylvers became the groups lead singer and was eighteen years old when he sang lead on the group's biggest hit, 1975's "Boogie Fever". After the group's success passed, Sylvers embarked on a solo career; releasing his debut "Have You Heard" in 1980.[3]

Personal and death[edit]

Sylvers dated singer Freda Payne who was fifteen years his senior from 1979 until January 1983. Sylvers died in a Virginia hospital after a 10–month long battle with lung cancer on March 11, 2004 at age 47. Sylvers had eleven children, one of whom is actor Jeremy Sylvers; who is most known for his role in the 1991 horror film Child's Play 3.

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