Bigger Than Disco, ‘You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)’ Is A Celebration Of Self
Dick Clark couldn’t get his American Bandstand crowd to stop cheering. It was early December 1978, around the peak of disco’s popularity — and Clark’s studio audience had just heard Sylvester and his backup singers, Two Tons O’ Fun, perform their first hit, “Dance (Disco Heat)“.
After Clark got the crowd to pipe down and conducted an awkward interview, the gender-bending singer — wearing makeup, a loose kimono and leather pants — performed his follow-up single. The song, “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real),” hit the top of Billboard’s dance chart that year. Forty years later, its greater legacy is as an LGBTQ anthem.