I listened to a BBC podcast about Sylvester, that is the singer, not the cat. I knew nothing about him, not even that it was a him, apart from some of his music. He was gay, black, had a marvellous falsetto voice and grew up in very modest circumstances in Los Angeles. By the age of 22 he had left home and his church and was living and performing in San Francisco. He employed two female backing singers, Martha Wash and Izora Rhodes who went on later to make up part of The Weather Girls. He shot to fame when he released his album, Step II, in 1978. He certainly knew how to style himself, as these photos show. I contend that this song is up there with other gay iconic tracks such as Donna Summer's I Feel Love.
From the album, Step II, You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real). 4:27 The larger than life diva Sylvester died from complications of HIV/AIDS in 1988, aged 41.