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Sly & The Family Stone

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Vallejo, California, United States (1966 – 1975)

Sly & the Family Stone were an important and influential band from Vallejo, California, United States. Active from 1966 until 1975, the band was pivotal in the development of , and . Headed by singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist Sly Stone, and containing several of his family members and friends, the band was the first major American rock band to have an integrated lineup in both race and gender.

Brothers Sly Stone and singer/guitarist Freddie Stone combined their bands (Sly & the Stoners and Freddie & the Stone Souls) at the end of 1966. Sly and Freddie Stone, trumpeter Cynthia Robinson, drummer Gregg Errico, saxophonist Jerry Martini, and bassist Larry Graham completed the original lineup; Sly and Freddie’s sister, singer/keyboardist Rose Stone, joined within a year. This collective recorded five Top 10 hits and four groundbreaking albums, which greatly influenced the sound of American pop music, soul, R&B, funk, and hip hop music. In the preface of his 1998 book For the Record: Sly and the Family Stone: An Oral History, Joel Selvin sums up the importance of Sly & the Family Stone’s influence on African American music by stating “there are two types of black music: black music before Sly Stone, and black music after Sly Stone”. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

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  • DickBigems

    It's sad how Sly turned out. I hope he gets better. A truly under-appreciated talent, one of the very best.

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • LOVES-DESIRE

    telaversion it may be that the Mother Ship - George Clinton brought them back and ..... They want to learn The Funk - because you know the Funk can cure all ailments ..... You know how expressive we are in body, mind, and soul when the Funk hits you ..... Or they want to learn about the Bop Gun ..... I suspect the Aliens are definitely already here though .... And they are in the room more times than we know ..... No need to go any where - you can't get away from them .... They are I'm Like Every Day People ..... Now - let's Dance to the Music ..... Just add a little Guitar and make it easy to move their feet .....

    14 Jul 2013 Reply
  • telaversion

    if you ever suspect someone may be an alien ... just play them some Sly & the Family ... if they don't get down ... leave the room calmly & then run

    8 Jul 2013 Reply
  • superfungirl91

    Different strokes for different folks ❤ [2]

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Gypsyroad

    Gotta love Sly

    13 May 2013 Reply
  • likeadaydreamer

    Different strokes for different folks ❤

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    Great Funk Band

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • RussellChap

    funkfabolous.

    3 Feb 2013 Reply
  • aarONE119

    yooo its 2012 and were still bumping sly

    28 Nov 2012 Reply
  • tyrique12

    epitome of music! they were magnificent!

    21 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Gypsyroad

    The first six albums are so great!

    8 Nov 2012 Reply
  • LOVES-DESIRE

    "Sing a simple song .... doe - ra - me - fa - so - la - te - doe .... Sing it in the shower yal' "

    21 Oct 2012 Reply
  • BoBs933

    Family Affair Family Affair Family Affair Family Affair Family Affair

    12 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Yarchini

    don't caaaaaaaaaall me niiiiiiger, whitey.

    11 Oct 2012 Reply
  • luckystoned

    funk for dancing people^^s

    29 Sep 2012 Reply
  • QuibonoEA

    Sly : "i wanna take you higher!" Woodstock : "higher!"

    6 Aug 2012 Reply
  • SunMan24

    хороши

    13 Jul 2012 Reply
  • nicoinfurs

    Don't you know that you are free - well at least in your mind if you want to be

    7 Jul 2012 Reply
  • CrimsonCamel

    Fast becoming one of my favourites. Underrated is not the word!

    11 May 2012 Reply
  • WalterDigsTunes

    LOOSE BOOTY

    28 Apr 2012 Reply
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