Sylvia

Album: Focus III (1972)
Charted: 4 89
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Songfacts®:

  • This guitar/organ instrumental, written by band leader Thijs Van Leer, was the follow up single to the silly "Hocus Pocus," but whereas the former reached #9 in the US Billboard Chart, "Sylvia" entered the chart at #94 week ending July 28, 1973 and peaked only at #89.
  • Although this song didn't do well in the United States, it was a big hit in many countries including the UK. Running to 3 minutes 31 seconds, it was released on Polydor backed by "Love Remembered."
  • Van Leer actually wrote "Sylvia" before Focus was formed, and originally it had words. Previously he was with the backing group for the famous Dutch cabaret performers Ramses Shaffy and Liesbeth List. This was made up of two girls and two men. During the evening they would each perform solo. Van Leer didn't like the song performed by fellow member Sylvia Alberts, so he composed a song for her with words by Linda Van Dijck. It had the long winded title "I Thought I Could Do Everything On My Own, I Was Always Stripping The Town Alone," but when he played Sylvia the song, "she didn't like it at all," so it went "on the shelf." Years later he dusted it down, and in his words "it became a world hit." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 3

Comments: 2

  • John from Stockport, United KingdomOne of the greatest hammond organ based songs in the world.
  • Steve from Whittier, CaThe reason that it became a hit, Alexander----IT BECAME INSTRUMENTAL!!! :) Too bad the real Sylvia didn't seem to like it at all, hope she didn't take aciton against Focus..:) Still underrated obscure song.IMOP]
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