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About Sly & The Family Stone
With its mixed-gender, interracial lineup and righteous blend of funk, soul, and psychedelic rock, Sly and the Family Stone captured the spirit of the late ’60s like no other band. • Sly and the Family Stone formed in San Francisco in 1967, with the inimitable Sly Stone at the helm. The band included two of Sly’s actual family members—brother Fred and sister Rose—and bassist Larry Graham, now famous for being Drake’s uncle. • After disappointing sales of their 1967 debut album, A Whole New Thing, the group broke through with “Dance to the Music,” the title track off their 1968 sophomore album. The single reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. • Their breakthrough fourth album, 1969’s Stand!, made the Top 20 of the Billboard 200 album charts and yielded their first of three No. 1 hits, “Everyday People.” • Sly and the Family Stone’s exuberant performance at Woodstock in 1969 is remembered as one of the festival’s high points. • Released in 1970, Greatest Hits reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and spawned a second No. 1 pop hit, “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin).” • Amid intraband tensions and struggles with substance abuse, Sly and the Family Stone recorded 1972’s There’s a Riot Goin’ On, the murky funk landmark widely regarded as their masterpiece. The LP features the group’s third No. 1 pop hit, “Family Affair.” • The group disbanded in 1975, and Sly released a solo album, High On You, that same year. Over the next seven years, he would release three more albums credited to Sly and the Family Stone—none of which matched the success of their early work. • In 1993, Sly and the Family Stone were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Fellow psychedelic funkster George Clinton gave the induction speech.
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