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Sly & the Family Stone

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Sly & the Family members Rock harnessed all the disparate musical and social developments from the past due ’60s, developing a outdoors, brilliant fusion of soul, rock, R&B, psychedelia, and funk that broke boundaries straight down with out a second thought. Led by Sly Rock, the Family members Rock was made up of women and men, and blacks and whites, producing the band the very first completely integrated group in rock’s background. That integration shone with the music, along with the group’s message. Before Rock, very few spirit and R&B groupings delved into politics and cultural commentary; after him, it became a custom in spirit, funk, and hip-hop. And, alongside James Brown, Rock brought hard funk in to the mainstream. The Family members Stone’s arrangements had been ingenious, filled up with unforeseen group vocals, syncopated rhythms, punchy horns, and pop melodies. Their music was joyous, but because the ’60s finished, so did the nice times. Rock became disillusioned using the ideals he previously been preaching in his music, getting addicted to a number of drugs along the way. His music steadily grew slower and darker, culminating in 1971’s There is a Riot HAPPENING, which arranged the speed for ’70s funk using its flexible bass, slurred vocals, and militant Dark Power stance. Rock could turn out yet another modern funk traditional, 1973’s New, before gradually succumbing to his addictions, which steadily sapped him of his once prodigious skills. However, his music continuing to provide the essential template for metropolitan soul, funk, and also hip-hop well in to the ’90s. Sly Rock (given birth to Sylvester Stewart, March 15, 1944) and his family members relocated from his house state of Tx to SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA within the ’50s. He previously already begun expressing a pastime in music, so when he was 16, he previously a regional strike with “VERY LONG TIME Away.” Rock studied music structure, theory, and trumpet at Vallejo Junior University in the first ’60s; concurrently, he started playing in a number of groups for the Bay Region scene, often along with his sibling Fred. Soon, he previously become a disk jockey on the R&B place KSOL, afterwards switching to KDIA. The air appearances resulted in a job generating records for Fall months Information. While at Fall months, he caused several San Franciscan garage area and psychedelic rings, like the Beau Brummels, the fantastic Culture, Bobby Freeman, as well as the Mojo Males. During 1966, Rock shaped the Stoners, which highlighted trumpeter Cynthia Robinson. Although Stoners didn’t last longer, he brought Robinson along among the primary people of his following group, Sly & the Family members Rock. Shaped in early 1967, the Family members Rock also highlighted Fred Stewart (electric guitar, vocals), Larry Graham, Jr. (bass, vocals), Greg Errico (drums), Jerry Martini (saxophone), and Rosie Rock (piano), who all had been of different racial backgrounds. The group’s eclectic music and multiracial structure made them unique from the many flower-power rings in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, and their 1st solitary, “I Ain’t Got No one,” became a local hit for the neighborhood label Loadstone. The music group authorized with Epic Information shortly afterward, launching their debut record, A COMPLETE New Thing, by the finish of the entire year. The record stiffed, however the follow-up, Dance towards the Music, produced a high Ten pop and R&B strike with its name monitor early in 1968. Lifestyle followed afterwards in 1968, however the record didn’t capitalize on its predecessor’s achievement. “PEOPLE,” released past due in 1968, switched their fortunes back again around, rocketing to the very best from the pop and R&B graphs and establishing the stage for the discovery achievement of 1969’s Stand! Featuring “PEOPLE,” “Sing a straightforward Track,” “Stand,” and “I wish to Consider You Higher,” Stand! became the Family members Stone’s first proper hit recording, climbing to quantity 13 and spending over 100 weeks within the graphs. Stand! also proclaimed the emergence from the politics bent in Stone’s songwriting (“Don’t Contact Me Nigger, Whitey”), along with the advancement of hard-edged, improvisational funk like “Sex Machine.” The Family members Rock quickly became referred to as one of the better live bands from the past due ’60s, and their functionality at Woodstock was broadly hailed among the festival’s greatest. The non-LP singles “Sizzling Fun during the warm months” and “MANY THANKS (Falettinme Become Mice Elf Agin)” b/w “Everybody Is really a Celebrity” became strikes, reaching number 2 and number 1 respectively in past due 1969/early 1970. Both singles had been included on Greatest Strikes, which became lots two record upon its fall 1970 discharge. As the group was at the elevation of its reputation, Sly was starting to unravel behind the moments. Developing a incapacitating dependence on narcotics, Rock shortly became notorious for arriving past due for concerts, regularly missing the displays altogether. Stone’s developing personal problems, in addition to his dismay using the sluggish death from the civil privileges movement along with other politics causes, surfaced on There is a Riot Goin’ On. Although record shot to number 1 upon its fall 1971 discharge, the record — including “Family members Affair,” Stone’s last number 1 one — was dark, hazy, and paranoid, and his market began to reduce somewhat. During 1972, many key family Rock, including Graham and Errico, remaining the band; these were changed by Rusty Allen and Andy Newmark, respectively. The fairly lighter Fresh made an appearance in the summertime of 1973, and it proceeded to go into the TOP on the effectiveness of the very best Ten R&B strike “IF YOU’D LIKE Me to remain.” Released the next year, Small Chat was a moderate strike, reaching amount 15 over the graphs and going silver, but it didn’t generate a huge hit single. On top of You, released in past due 1975 and acknowledged and then Sly Rock, verified that his power and reputation acquired faded. “I Obtain On top of You” reached the R&B TOP, but the record made no long lasting impact. Disco acquired overtaken funk with regards to popularity, and also if Sly wished to contend with disco, he wasn’t in form to create music. He previously become dependent on cocaine, his wellness was regularly poor, and he was frequently in big trouble with regulations. His recordings got slowed to some trickle, and Epic made a decision to close out his agreement in 1979 with A DECADE TOO EARLY, a compilation of previously released materials that had the initial funky rhythm paths changed with disco beats. Rock authorized with Warner Brothers that same yr, crafting the return effort Back on the right course with several primary family Rock, however the record was critically panned along with a industrial failing. In light from the album’s insufficient achievement, Rock retreated even more, eventually joining pushes with George Clinton on Funkadelic’s 1981 record The Electric powered Spanking of Battle Babies. Following album’s release, Rock toured with Clinton’s P-Funk All-Stars, which led him to attempt his very own tour, and a stint with Bobby Womack. The culmination of the burst of activity was 1983’s Ain’t however the A PROVEN WAY, an recording that was overlooked. Later that yr, Rock was caught for cocaine ownership; the following yr, he moved into rehab. Rock made an appearance on Jesse Johnson’s 1986 R&B strike “Crazay.” The next season, he dueted with Martha Davis on “Appreciate & Passion” for the Spirit Guy soundtrack; he also he documented “Eek-a-Bo-Static,” an individual that didn’t graph. Rock was imprisoned and imprisoned for cocaine ownership by the finish of 1987, and he was under no circumstances able to get over the ultimate arrest. Rock continued to fight his craving, with varying examples of achievement. By his 1993 induction towards the Rock and roll & Move Hall of Popularity, he had vanished from public look at. Avenue Records offered Rock a recording agreement in 1995, but nothing at all would be documented.

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Full Name Sly & the Family Stone
Height 1.88 m
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame, Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
Music Songs Everyday People, Dance to the Music, Family Affair, Thank You, Higher, If You Want Me to Stay, Sing a Simple Song, Everybody Is A Star, Loose Booty, Stand, Runnin' Away, You Can Make It If You Try, Smilin', M'Lady, Time for Livin', Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey, I Get High On You, Hot Fun In The Summertime, I Ain't Got Nobody, Que Sera Sera, Crossword Puzzle, Somebody's Watching You, Sex Machine, Luv N' Haight, Thank You for Talkin' to Me, Africa, Love City, Let Me Hear It From You, Trip To Your Heart, Africa Talks To You "The Asphalt Jungle", Into My Own Thing, If It Were Left Up to Me, Babies Makin' Babies
Albums There's a Riot Goin' On, Stand!, Dance to the Music, A Whole New Thing, Fresh, The Woodstock Experience, Life, Heard Ya Missed Me, Well I'm Back, Small Talk, Back on the Right Track, Greatest Hits, Different Strokes by Different Folks, Ain't but the One Way, Live at the Fillmore East October 4th & 5th 1968, I Can't Turn You Loose, Get Higher:a Funky Tribute To Sly And The Family S, Don Kirshner's Rock Concert October 9th 1973, Remember Who You Are, In The Still Of The Night, Funk Off, American Legend Vol. 1, Texas International Pop Festival - Remastered, Sly Stone: The Early Years, Sly And The Family Stone, Walking in Jesus Name & More from Sly Stone, Funky Roots, The Essential Sly & The Family Stone, Higher!, Who In The Funk Do You Think You Are: The Warner Bros. Recordings, Rock & Soul, Dynamite! The Collection, It Takes All Kinds, Ain't That Lovin', Long Time Alone, Greatest Hits/There's A Riot Goin' On/Fresh (3 Pak Longbox Version For Costco Only), Funky Forever, Every Dog Has His Day, Funkmeister, Spaced Cowboy: The Best Of Sly & The Family Stone, The Masters, Songs That Rock, Anthology


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#Fact
1 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the same year as Cream, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, Etta James, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers and Van Morrison.
2 Their signature hits included "Dance To The Music," Everybody Is a Star", "Stand" . "Hot Fun In The Summertime", "(I want To Take You) Higher" and "Everyday People".
3 A groundbreaking multiracial San Francisco Bay Area rock band that formed in 1966 and helped define the Pop music of the late 1960s and early 1970s with a fusion of funk, psychedelia and soul. Their signature hits included "Dance To The Music," Everybody Is a Star", "Stand", "Hot Fun In The Summertime", "(I want To Take You) Higher" and "Everyday "People".
4 Prior to forming the band, Sly Stone was a successful record producer with the million sellers "Come On and Swim" (1963) by Bobby Freeman and later "Laugh Laugh" (1965) and "Just A Little" (1965) by The Beau Brummels.
5 Members have included Sly Stone, Rose Stone (piano/vocals), Jerry Martin (sax), Greg Errico (drums), Cynthia Robinson (trumpet/vocals; d. of cancer 11/23/2015 at age 69). Freddie Stone, Larry Graham (bass guitar).


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Mavericks 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Billions 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Walk 2015/II performer: "I Want To Take You Higher" - as Sly & The Family Stone
Today at Wimbledon 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Scandal TV Series 1 episode, 2013 performer - 3 episodes, 2012 - 2015
Tammy 2014 performer: "If You Want Me To Stay" - as Sly & The Family Stone
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Finding the Funk 2013 Documentary performer: "Family Affair"
Sparkle 2012/I performer: "Sing a Simple Song"
A Thousand Words 2012/I performer: "You Can Make It If You Try" - as Sly & The Family Stone
Wanderlust 2012 performer: "Underdog" - as Sly & The Family Stone
Cry Baby: The Pedal that Rocks the World 2011 Video documentary performer: "Ride The Rhythm" - as Sly & The Family Stone
Detroit 1-8-7 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Eat Pray Love 2010 performer: "Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin" - as Sly & The Family Stone
Death at a Funeral 2010 performer: "Life" - as Sly & The Family Stone
Secret Diary of a Call Girl 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
House M.D. 2008-2009 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
EA Skate 2 2009 Video Game performer: "Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again"
Seven Pounds 2008 performer: "Que Sera Sera Whatever Will Be Will Be" - as Sly & The Family Stone
Life on Mars 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Milk 2008/I performer: "Everyday People" - as Sly & the Family Stone
Semi-Pro 2008 performer: "Dance To The Music", "Que Sera Sera Whatever Will Be, Will Be", "I Want To Take You Higher" - as Sly & The Family Stone
The Wire 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Definitely, Maybe 2008 performer: "Everyday People" 1968 - as Sly & the Family Stone
Cutlass 2007 Short performer: "M'Lady"
Talk to Me 2007 performer: "I Want to Take You Higher", "If You Want Me to Stay" - as Sly & The Family Stone
Zodiac 2007 performer: "I Want To Take You Higher"
My Name Is Earl 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2006 TV Series 1 episode
Everybody Hates Chris 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Take the Lead 2006 performer: "Que Sera, Sera Whatever Will Be, Will Be" - as Sly & the Family Stone
Nip/Tuck 2005 TV Series 1 episode
Stealth 2005 performer: "Dance to the Music"
Mosca y Smith en el Once 2004 TV Mini-Series performer: "Everybody Is A Star", "Family Affair"
Six Feet Under 2004 TV Series 1 episode
Paternal Instinct 2004 Documentary performer: "Que Sera, Sera Whatever Will Be Will Be" - as Sly & the Family Stone
Cold Case 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Weather Underground 2002 Documentary performer: "I Ain't Got Nobody For Real"
Moonlight Mile 2002 performer: "I Want to Take You Higher", "Everybody Is a Star"
Black Knight 2001 performer: "DANCE TO THE MUSIC"
A Knight's Tale 2001 performer: "I Want To Take You Higher" - as Sly & The Family Stone
The '70s 2000 TV Movie performer: "Family Affair" - uncredited
Grass 1999 Documentary performer: "I Want to Take You Higher"
Pushing Tin 1999 performer: "Whatever Will Be, Will Be Que Sera Sera
Edtv 1999 performer: "Thank You Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Again"
Patch Adams 1998 performer: "Stand" - as Sly & The Family Stone
Living Out Loud 1998 performer: "Hot Fun in the Summertime"
Money Talks 1997 performer: "If You Want Me To Stay"
Fathers' Day 1997 performer: "I Want to Take You Higher" - as Sly & The Family Stone
David Blaine: Street Magic 1996 TV Special documentary performer: "If You Want Me To Stay"
First Kid 1996 performer: "I Want To Take You Higher"
ER 1996 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dead Presidents 1995 performer: "If You Want Me To Stay"
Crooklyn 1994 performer: "Everyday People", "Everybody Is A Star"
Singles 1992 performer: "Family Affair"
My Girl 1991 performer: "Hot Fun in the Summer Time"
Get a Life 1991 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Queens Logic 1991 performer: "Thank You Falletin Me Be Mice Elf"
Woodstock: The Lost Performances 1990 Video documentary performer: "Love City"
Heathers 1988 performer: "Que Sera, Sera"
Off Limits 1988 performer: "Stand!"
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam 1987 TV Movie documentary performer: "FAMILY AFFAIR"
Purple Haze 1982 performer: "Everyday People" - as Sly & The Family Stone
WKRP in Cincinnati 1979-1980 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Rock Concert 1973 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Young Hitchikers 1971 performer: "Everyday People" - uncredited
Woodstock 1970 Documentary performer: "I Want to Take You Higher"
Music Scene 1969 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mid-Day Mistress 1968

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Story of Funk: One Nation Under a Groove 2014 TV Movie documentary
Ed Sullivan's Rock 'N' Roll Classics: Rockin' the Sixties 2004 Video Themselves
In Concert 1973-1974 TV Series Themselves
The Hollywood Palladium 1974 TV Movie Themselves
Soul Train 1974 TV Series Themselves - Guests
The Mike Douglas Show 1974 TV Series Themselves
Rock Concert 1973 TV Series Themselves
...And Beautiful II 1970 TV Movie Themselves - Singers
The Dick Cavett Show 1970 TV Series Themselves
Woodstock 1970 Documentary Themselves (as Sly & the Family Stone)
Music Scene 1969 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
The Leslie Uggams Show 1969 TV Series Themselves
The Ed Sullivan Show 1968-1969 TV Series Themselves
Showcase '68 1968 TV Series Themselves
The Kraft Music Hall 1968 TV Series Themselves

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Music: Rock Rewind '67-'69 2017 TV Movie documentary Themselves
My Music: Summer, Surf & Beach Music We Love 2016 TV Movie Himself
The Seventies 2015 TV Series documentary Themselves
Soul Power! 2013 TV Series documentary Themselves
Ed Sullivan's Rock and Roll Classics: The 60s 2009 TV Movie Themselves
Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Themselves
Get Up, Stand Up 2003 TV Series documentary Themselves
Top Ten 2000 TV Series documentary Themselves
Say Brother 1969 TV Series Themselves

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007 Grammy Grammy Awards Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group · Joss Stone
· Van Hunt
· John Legend


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