In early 1970 in Cleveland, Ohio, John F. Wilson, Charles Still and Marc Sexton formed a group, which they named "SLY, SLICK & WICKED". John F. Wilson is "SLY", Charles Still is "SLICK" and Marc Sexton is "WICKED".
Eddie " The Spoiler" Perrell [legendary " Stax" recording artist] recorded the group in 1970 in Cleveland, Ohio. The recordings were taken to New York. One of the songs "STAY MY LOVE" was picked up by Paramount Records a division of Paramount Motion Pictures and signed to the group on March 22, 1971 to the label by A & R recording legend Dean Courtney. Before the record was released, in 1971 Paramount nationally and internationally advertised and promoted " SLY, SLICK & WICKED" as their "HOTTEST NEWEST GROUP" and the song went # 1 on various charts across the country as well as the B side " Surely". In 1973, world famous entertainer James Brown heard about Sly, Slick & Wicked, and signed the group and they became part of James Brown's " FIRST FAMILY OF SOUL". " Sho Nuff" was written by the group and produced by James Brown, which also went number accross, the country on various charts. It was released on People Records a division of Polydor, which was owned by James Brown. Because of the success of "Sho Nuff" Don Cornelius invited the group to appear on on his number # 1 national and international television show "Soul Train".
In 1974 " Turn on Your LoveLight went on sale throughout the United States , Canada and Europe on Shaker Records, owned by the world famous singing group " The O'Jays". Because of the excitement made by the Shaker Records release, in 1976 "SLY, SLICK & WICKED" was signed to Motown Records and album was released appropriately called "SLY, SLICK & WICKED".
In 1979 Epic a trade name for Sony Entertainment Inc. recorded and released "All I Want is You" worldwide. In 1975 the group appeared at the Kansas City Royals Baseball Stadium at "The Kool Jazz Festival" before 80,000 people and received a standing ovation. Also on that bill were other legends Count Basie, B. B. King, The Isley Brothers, Ohio Players, New Birth, Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, Bobbi Humphrey and Cannon Ball Adderly. Polydor / Polygram records an important name in the recording industry, described " SLY, SLICK & WICKED " as " International Vocal Giants".
From 1970 to the present, the group has toured with, James Brown, The O'Jays, The Dells, Heatwave, ConFuckshun, Evelyn " Champage" King, The Dramatics, Charles Wright & The Watts 103 st. Rhythm Band, The Intruders, The Ohio Players, Archie Bell and The Drells and many more fellow legendary artists. The group has performed nationally and internationally to standing room only crowds. The group is presently in the studio recording a new album. They were displayed [but not inducted] in " THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME" in May 2003. On Oct. 11 2003 John and the group was one of the recipients of the annual "THE MEN OF MOTOWN AWARD" given by The Motown Museum. Other recipients that night were The Funk Brothers, The Originals, Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers, and Willie Tyler and Lester. The Four Tops performed in their honor. Recently the group was inducted into "The Motown Alumni Hall of Fame". Celebrating 34 years of music in 2004, "The Original Mac Daddys of Soul" will try and give you 34 years more going into the new millennium.
Fake groups are on the rise again. A show in San Jose, California billing itself as the "Super Oldies Love Jam Show," has given added credibility to a group that has had it's share of legal litigation over it's name "Sly, Slick, and Wicked." Apparently the original group that was distributed on the JuPar/Motown label in the 70's is boiling mad over the current group that suddenly popped up after the 70's Motown group, with their same name. The original Motown Sly, Slick and Wicked are from Cleveland, Ohio consisting of John Wilson (Sly), Charles Still (Slick), and Marc Sexton (Wicked). John Wilson the most vocal, and observant of the original group, has been diligent in getting the name returned to it's rightful owners . . . his group!
The "F-Group" (Fake Group) was developed in the California area, and has no ties to the Motown dynasty. Rumor has it that the F-Group has in the past performed their own original music, along with songs originally recorded by Sly, Slick and Wicked (Motown). Though there is no law expressing that the F-Group can't perform the songs, but there is a thick line of deception that can be perceived from the performance of a group with the same name, and performing the same songs as the Motown group, or any other group for that matter. The average fan seems to not know the difference between the groups, but a true Motown fan does! The F-Group who has been perpetrating as Sly, Slick and Wicked has never been on a major label or even had distribution from such labels. Largely known as a regional group, the F-Group has received local popularity from California stations and promoters in the area where they live, but has obtained little recognition from the national populous.
Though the original Sly, Slick and Wicked (Motown) has never received superstar popularity, they have received national status from various areas of the industry. The original group formed around 1972, and debuted their first single "Surely"/"Stay My Love," on Paramount Records. Their following recording "It's Not Easy"/"Your Love Was Meant for Me," helped to establish added validity to the groups existence as a professional. Later Sly, Slick and Wicked secured a deal with James Brown's People Records. During their tenure with Brown they released "Sho Nuff"/"I'm Ready for Love" in 1973. While the release of "Surely" scored fared well, "Sho Nuff" became a national noise maker for the group.
Sly, Slick and Wicked's connection to the OJays occurred with their signing to Walter Williams and Bobby Massey's short-lived Shaker label. The singles "Turn on Your Love Light"/"We Don't Have to Be Lovers," was released in 1974.
Sly, Slick and Wicked's stint with Motown occurred as they joined the JuPar label that was being distributed by Motown. With their first and only album release "Sly Slick And Wicked", the group cemented their place in Motown history.
Recent reports are that the original members of Sly, Slick and Wicked are requesting that Soul Music fans all over the world BOYCOTT any shows featuring the FAKE Sly, Slick and Wicked!
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