Leon F.Sylvers (III) is an accomplished songwriter and producer.
From Memphis, Tennessee, Leon began his musical career with his family group The Sylvers, with his early songs including ‘Misdemeanor’ for brother Foster Sylvers in 1973.
From here he became a respected songwriter within the Los Angeles dance music scene, his production showcasing the ‘Solar’ sound at Solar Records (Sound Of Los Angeles Records).
With label boss Dick Griffey he instigated groups such as Dynasty (producing ‘I Don’t Want To Be A Freak’) and writing and producing for label mates Shalamar (‘Take That To The Bank’, ‘Second Time Around’ and ‘Night To Remember’) and The Whispers (‘And The Beat Goes On’ and ‘Tonight’).
Elsewhere he has written and / or produced for artists including:
Gladys Knight & The Pips (‘Save The Overtime For Me’)
Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King (‘Hold On To What You’ve Got’)
Stacy Lattisaw (‘You Ain’t Leavin’)
The Detroit Spinners (‘Right Or Wrong’)
Gina Foster (‘Love is A House’)
The Brothers Johnson (‘You Keep Me Coming Back’)
Dynasty (‘I’ve Just Begun To Love You’)
Krystol (‘After The Dance Is Through’)
Glenn Jones (‘Finesse’)
The Whispers (‘And The Beat Goes On’)
Gene Page (‘Love Starts After Dark’)
Shalamar (‘The Second Time Around’)
and Real To Reel (‘Love Me Like This’)
among many others.
As an artist he also recorded a solo album ‘Leon Sylvers III’ on Motown in 1989.
The album contained the track ‘Let’s Go Thru It’, highly popular on the U.K. soul scene, whilst background vocal chores were undertaken by the other family members of The Sylvers.
See a great insight to how Leon Sylvers worked in the interview with the Whispers below.