Sylvia Jane Kirby, who went by the stage name of just plain-old "Sylvia," was one of the early stars of the 1980's synth-country crossover scene. She had two #1 hits, "Drifter" and "Nobody," and several other songs on the Country Top 10, but like a lot of artists from that era, her shelf-life was limited; by the decade's end she'd dropped out of the charts, although she's released a few records since then. To be honest, it's not really my kind of country, but I know she still has some really devoted fans... Here's a quick look at her work...
Sylvia "Greatest Hits" (RCA, 1987)
Sylvia "Anthology" (Renaissance, 1997)
Sylvia "RCA Country Legends" (Sony-BMG/RCA, 2002)
Sylvia "All-American Country" (Sony Special Markets, 2007)
Sylvia "Drifter" (RCA, 1981) (LP)
Sylvia "Just Sylvia" (RCA, 1982)
Sylvia "Snapshot" (RCA, 1983)
Sylvia "Surprise" (RCA, 1984)
(Produced by Tom Collins)
Yeesh. Dreary, super-synthed-out early '80s pop, with a faint vestigal twang buried somewhere deep, deep in the mix. Sheena Easton, is that you?
Sylvia "One Step Closer" (RCA, 1985)
Sylvia "The Real Story" (Red Pony, 1996)
Sylvia "Where In The World" (Red Pony, 2001)
Sylvia "A Cradle In Bethlehem" (Red Pony, 2002)
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