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Part II: American blues and and soul singer Syl Johnson

On Tuesday, Eight Forty-Eight began its conversation with blues and soul legend Syl Johnson. Numero Group's latest box set is a big one –more than 80 songs on four CDs or 12 sides of vinyl: It’s up to you - both formats are included! "Syl Johnson: Complete Mythology" is a collection of the Chicago soul singer’s early work, from the years 1959-1972.

The set includes many of Johnson’s early hits including the often sampled "Different Strokes." There are also some once-lost or forgotten, never before released treasures. All of the material is being saved from media deterioration.

Saturday, a 17-piece band joins Johnson in a concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Syl Johnson and his longtime bass player Bernard Reed recently stopped by Eight Forty-Eight to chat and perform.

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