Sylvia, "The Matador"
A year before she had a Top 20 pop-country
smash with "Nobody," Sylvia had a 1981 chart-topping country hit with
"Drifter," which featured swirling strings, Western guitars and a
sensual dance-floor beat. With her follow-up hit, she proved bullish on disco. Backed by an even more throbbing disco beat "The Matador" pulsates
with Spanish guitars, horns and a decidedly non-PC storyline that inspired one
of country music's first concept videos. For a brief, shining moment, Sylvia
was Olivia Newton-John and ABBA rolled up into one. S.B.