Sly Stone
American musician
Sly Stone
Sly Stone is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer, most famous for his role as frontman for Sly and the Family Stone, a band which played a critical role in the development of soul, funk and psychedelia in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1993, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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The 7 Best Haircuts Of All Time
Huffington Post - 4 months
By The Editors of GQ for GQ. Some men get their hair cut; other men are their haircut. From Dylan and James Dean to Harry Styles’s hairstyle, we humbly bow before their flowing locks. 1. John F. Kennedy Jr. The Virile Offspring Nearly 20 years ago, when I started working in magazines, John F. Kennedy Jr. — no, not John-John; nobody who knew him called him that — was the editor-in-chief of George, and I was an intern. There was no time to be starstruck, and besides, John had no patience for sycophants. But once in a while I’d catch an angle and see him almost the way a stranger did: I’d see that squared-off jawline, that leonine profile, and that shampoo-commercial hair. Kennedy hair. Heir hair. Monumental in volume and wave, it looked like it should have a constellation named for it. I remember that John loved hats, and looking back I wonder if he wore them to appear more like the rest of us — to hide that beautiful mane. There were baseball caps, beanies, even berets. ...
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Why Sly Stone still can't collect royalties from his classic songs
LATimes - about 1 year
A judge has handed a legal setback to Sylvester "Sly" Stone, ruling that he won't be able to collect $5 million in royalties because he previously had assigned those royalties to a production company. Last January, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury found that the iconic soul and funk musician had...
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Court Awards Sly Stone $5 Million In Lost Royalties
NPR - about 2 years
Singer Sly Stone has been awarded $5 million in damages and lost royalties. He claimed his manager and lawyer didn't pay him royalties between 1989 and 2000. » E-Mail This
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'Finding the Funk' excavates R&B artifacts
USA Today - about 3 years
Nelson George sets out to explore the roots of funk and finds Sly Stone and Dayton, Ohio.
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New box sets offer square meals plus all the trimmings
USA Today - over 3 years
Collections offer remasters, rarities for everyone from Sly Stone to the Rolling Stones.
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Afrika Bambaataa: The History of The Universal Zulu Nation, Hip-Hop, Culture and Electro Funk
Huffington Post - over 3 years
November is officially Hip-Hop history month! It's also the 40th anniversary of The Universal Zulu Nation, and the 39th anniversary of Hip Hop. Let's take a trip to the South Bronx of the '70s, which was a melting pot for both music and people. From this integration came the culture that would later spawn the music to be called Hip-Hop, or Rap. This was when it was in its purist form, which was just 'culture.' It's kind of hard to imagine, given its current state, but follow me anyway. Hip-Hop was started during this time as a culture; at the jams, in the parties, in the parks, you name it. It was created in spite of some of the social and economic disparities of the Bronx, which included poverty, drugs and location. The South Bronx at that time was considered everything poor by American standards. What was not being documented to most outside of the culture was the culture of the South Bronx itself. A culture that was rich. A culture that changed lives through its artistic int ...
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Record Plant fans say: Rock on
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Chase McDonald is in awe of the Studio A bathroom at the former Record Plant in Sausalito, where detailed graffiti by Prince, Aretha Franklin and other artists who recorded at the site still fill the walls. McDonald is part of an eclectic group of local teens, music industry veterans and experienced nonprofit workers who are trying to resurrect the recording studio at 2200 Bridgeway as a community music center called 2200 Sound. The center is envisioned as a "social enterprise," with a membership-based model that would include retaining the studios for the community to use. [...] they need to quickly raise $1.5 million for the first phase of rebirth - most realistically from an investor or group of investors who feel the same way about the project that organizers do. The quirky interior has one-of-a-kind touches that Stohr describes as "psychedelic architecture" - including a bathroom with a funhouse ceiling mirror built specifically for Sly Stone, and wooden invitations from the o ...
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Rolling Stone - over 3 years
A fusionist from the get-go with an outsize mixed-race-and-gender band Sly Stone was less interested in genre blurring than in the hot glory of multiple styles played simultaneously Check his 1964 solo jam "Scat Swim" a surf-pop instrumental with raw blues licks and jazzbo vocalese It's a highlight of this...
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Kristi York Wooten: Arrested Development's Speech on Race, Religion, and Hip Hop
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
This week in 1993, Arrested Development's "Mr. Wendal," an ode to a homeless man, occupied a top 10 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. One in a string of hits from the band's debut album, 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of ..., the song established the group as a mouthpiece for social issues and made rapper Todd "Speech" Thomas a key player in Atlanta's burgeoning hip hop music scene. Now a handful albums, a couple of Grammy awards and two decades later, Speech is pondering it all over a cup of hot tea outside Octane Coffee in the ATL's trendy Westside district. He's peddling a new project -- an arts and networking ministry called Mixtape Mixer (Speech became a Christian in 1996, we'll get to that in a minute) -- but we're mainly here to talk about 20 years of music. Arrested Development sold four million copies of its debut album; played for Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton; faltered commercially; disbanded; reunited; had its band name swiped by a TV sitcom; tour ...
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David Wild: 'Celebrity:' A Playlist for the Premiere of $ellebrity
The Huffington Post - about 4 years
Tuesday night is our big Hollywood premiere for $ellebrity, an intriguing new feature documentary directed by Kevin Mazur about the price of fame today, and the way that the texture of celebrity has evolved -- or, it could be argued, de-evolved -- over time. As an executive producer of $ellebrity, I clearly hope that you see the film for which I interviewed Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez, Sheryl Crow, Elton John and Kid Rock, among others, about the good, the bad and the ugly of the fame game. Perhaps my very favorite quote in the film about celebrity today comes from Kid Rock, who imagines the Second Coming in a way that still has me laughing. $ellebrity can be seen in many cities this week -- or on Video On Demand if it does not hit the proverbial Theater Near You. To see a little preview of our movie (complete with Kid Rock's comment!) or even (incoming hint buy tickets, please go to In the meantime, below find my play ...
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Dusty Wright: Best 12 Albums for 2012
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Wasn't easy to whittle this list down to 10, let alone 11, so I picked 12 for 12-12-12. A few of these selections were last minute additions that knocked two other picks out of top spots. Moreover, I decided to include 12 more picks at the end of my selections to show what else was being considered. Nada Surf The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy (Barsuk) I've not seen this album on any critics' year-end lists (aside from my managing editor Steve's list, obviously). Not sure why, because Nada Surf released a timeless collection of alt pop-rock songs. This is songwriting 101 -- verse, chorus, verse, bridge. If there is a better pop-rock band in America, let me know. Twenty years in and no sign of lazy rock star bullshit, just plenty of great chiming guitar riffs and hooky-as-hell tunes. Album of the year. Father John Misty Fear Fun (Sub Pop) Father John Misty AKA Joshua Tillman has crafted as compelling a SOCAL folk-rock journey you'll hear this year, albeit ...
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Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart christen 'Who Shot Rock & Roll' opening
LATimes - over 4 years
They stare out from the frames like the moment was still alive and breathing, the best images at the "Who Shot Rock & Roll" show, which celebrated its opening at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City on Thursday night. David Bowie circa early 1970s, in glorious starman costume and shot by Gloria Stevens, standing in front of an orange curtain in a hotel room, young and alien. Henry Rollins, Greg Ginn and the rest of Black Flag, caught by L.A. punk chronicler Ed Culver in 1980 causing a slam-dance frenzy during an early show. There was Janis Joplin in the late 60s, caught beautifully by Los Angeles chronicler Henry Diltz; and the four Ramones leaning against a brick wall, shot by Roberta Bayley and one of the great portraits in rock.  But one series of images was real: Ann and Nancy Wilson, founders of Heart, stepping onto a stage to perform a short set of classics while surprised and giddy fans watched wide-eyed in the crowd. The pair did songs to sing along to, i ...
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Local concert update: Cracker and Jane's Addiction add summer dates
Colorado Springs - over 4 years
Some interesting summer bookings are cropping up on the horizon in these parts, the latest of which include Jane's Addiction at the Pikes Peak Center on August 26 (read our interview here) and Cracker at the Silver Tongue Devil Saloon on September 2. The new bookings join a summer schedule that includes Devotchka at Armstrong Hall on June 28, as well as a July 13 Pikes Peak Center appearance by the Family Stone, albeit without frontman Sly Stone and funk bass pioneer Larry Graham.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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Point Richmond Music Announces 2012 Summer Concert Season Line-up
Albany Patch - almost 5 years
Point Richmond Music (PRM) is excited to announce the dates and line-up for its free 2012 Summer Concert Series. Concerts are held on the second Friday of each month, June through September, from 5:30 pm to 7:45 pm. The 2012 season will include a fifth concert on Friday, September 28th to close the season. Concerts are held on an outdoor stage at the corner of Park Place and Washington Avenue in historic downtown Point Richmond. PRM is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit group that celebrates diversity and promotes the arts and community through the universal language of music. This is the group’s eleventh season of producing free concerts. “Each year, we receive hundreds of band submissions and spend weeks listening to all the great applicants, narrowing the field to our top ten," said Pam deWitt, Co-Chair of PRM. "This year, we’ve come up with an amazing diverse musical line-up that we really love. It’s going to be a great summer for live music in the Point!” Every concert features a ...
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Cops Say Stoned Driver Hit Cyclist
Napa Patch - almost 5 years
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Steven Bernstein's MTO: Revitalizing Sly Stone
NPR - about 5 years
Bernstein leads his Millennial Territory Orchestra through a set of Sly and the Family Stone hits that are intricate, interesting and, in many cases, unpredictable. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sly Stone
  • 2015
    In January, 2015, a Los Angeles jury ruled in favor of Stone, awarding him $5 million.However, in December 2015 a superior court judge ruled that Stone would not be able to collect $5 million in royalties because he previously had assigned those royalties to a production company.
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    However, in December 2015 a superior court judge ruled that Stone would not be able to collect $5 million in royalties because he previously had assigned those royalties to a production company.
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    After suing his former managers for damaging him with intentionally bad management of royalties, he was awarded $5 million in January 2015.
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  • 2009
    On December 6, 2009, Stone signed a new recording contract with the LA based Cleopatra Records and on August 16, 2011, I'm Back!
    More Details Hide Details Family & Friends was released, his first album since 1982's Ain't But the One Way. The album features re-recorded versions of Sly & the Family Stone hits with guest appearances from Jeff Beck, Ray Manzarek, Bootsy Collins, Ann Wilson, Carmine Appice and Johnny Winter, as well as three previously unreleased songs. Stone has appeared at the club in recent years with George Clinton and performed with his daughter Novena's band, Baby Stone.
    On Labor Day, September 7, 2009, Stone appeared at the 20th annual African Festival of the Arts in Chicago, Ill.
    More Details Hide Details He performed a 15-minute set during George Clinton's performance. He performed his popular hits along with George Clinton's band. He left immediately after his short performance.
    On August 18, 2009, The Guardian reported that a forthcoming documentary, Coming Back for More by Dutch director Willem Alkema, claims Stone is homeless and living off welfare whilst staying in cheap hotels and a campervan.
    More Details Hide Details The film alleges that Stone's former manager, Jerry Goldstein, cut off his access to royalty payments following a dispute over a 'debt agreement', forcing Stone to depend on welfare payments. On September 25, 2011, Alkema wrote in the New York Post that Stone was homeless and living in a van in the Crenshaw neighborhood of Los Angeles, although a subsequent report by Roger Friedman of Showbiz411 stated that Stone is not homeless, and lives in the van by choice.
    On Memorial Day, May 25, 2009, Stone re-emerged once again, granting an hour-long interview with KCRW-FM, a Los Angeles NPR affiliate, to discuss his life and career.
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  • 2008
    On October 17, 2008, Sly played with the Family Stone at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, CA.
    More Details Hide Details He played a 22-minute set and ventured offstage, telling the crowd "I gotta go take a piss. I'll be right back." He never returned.
  • 2007
    On July 7, 2007 Stone made a short appearance with the Family Stone at the San Jose, CA Summerfest.
    More Details Hide Details He sang "Sing a Simple Song" and "If You Want Me to Stay," and walked off stage before the end of "Higher." He wore a baseball cap, dark glasses, a white hooded sweatshirt, baggy pants and gold chains. Stone, who took the stage at about 8:45 p.m., cut the set short, in part, because the promoter was told that the show had to end by 9:00. The band began their set over 90 minutes late reportedly because the stage management was poor and the promoter's band played for 30 minutes longer than scheduled. Stone's 15-minute set came only after his sister, Vet, and the rest of the band performed for 35 minutes. As he exited the stage he told the audience near the front of the stage that he would return. He did return, but only to tell the crowd that the police were shutting down the show. While many blamed Stone for this incident, others believed that the promoter was at fault.
    On April 1, 2007, Stone appeared with the Family Stone at the Flamingo Las Vegas Showroom, after George Wallace's standup act.
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    On Sunday, January 14, 2007 Stone made a short guest appearance at a show of The New Family Stone band he supports at the House of Blues.
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  • 2006
    A Sly & the Family Stone tribute took place at the 2006 Grammy Awards on February 8, 2006, at which Stone gave his first live musical performance since 1987.
    More Details Hide Details Sly & the original Family Stone lineup (minus Larry Graham) performed briefly during a tribute to the band, for which the headliners included Steven Tyler, John Legend, Van Hunt, Nile Rodgers and Robert Randolph. Sporting an enormous blonde mohawk, thick sunglasses, a "Sly" beltbuckle and a silver lamé suit, he joined in on "I Want To Take You Higher." Hunched over the keyboards, he wore a cast on his right hand (the result of a recent motorcycle mishap), and a hunched back caused him to look down through most of the performance. His voice, though strong, was barely audible over the production. Stone walked to the front of the stage toward the end of the performance, sang a verse and then with a wave to the audience, sauntered offstage before the song was over. "He went up the ramp the theater, got on a motorcycle and took off," Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the Grammy Awards show told the Chicago Sun-Times. Ehrlich said Stone refused to leave his hotel room until he was given a police escort to the show and then waited in his car until the performance began.
    His last major public appearance until 2006 was during the 1993 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony where Stone showed up onstage to be entered into the Hall of Fame along with the Family Stone.
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  • 2005
    On August 15, 2005, Stone drove his younger sister Vet Stone on his motorcycle to Los Angeles' Knitting Factory, where Vet was performing with her Sly & the Family Stone tribute band, the Phunk Phamily Affair.
    More Details Hide Details Stone kept his helmet on during the entire performance, and was described by one concertgoer as looking a little like Bootsy Collins. A film crew doing a documentary on Sly & the Family Stone was at the show and apparently captured this rare sighting on film. Stone, according to his web site, is producing and writing material for the group's new album. In addition, Stone renamed the group "Family Stone." In 2009, the documentary film Coming Back for More detailed his dire financial situation. Stone filed suit against Jerry Goldstein, the former manager of Sly and the Family Stone for $50 million in January 2010. The suit claims that Goldstein used fraudulent practices to convince him to deliver the rights to his songs to Goldstein. In the suit, he makes the same claim about the Sly and the Family Stone trademark. Goldstein filed a countersuit for slander following a rant by Stone at the Coachella Festival.
    A Sly & The Family Stone tribute album, Different Strokes by Different Folks, was released on July 12, 2005 by Starbucks' Hear Music label, and on February 7, 2006 by Epic Records.
    More Details Hide Details The project features both cover versions of the band's songs and songs which sample the original recordings. Among the artists for the set are The Roots ("Star", which samples "Everybody is a Star"), Maroon 5 and Ciara ("Everyday People"), John Legend, Joss Stone & Van Hunt ("Family Affair"), The Black Eyed Peas' ("Dance to the Music"), and Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Robert Randolph ("I Want to Take You Higher"). Epic Records' version of the tribute album, which included two additional covers ("Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey" and "Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin)") was released in January 2006.
  • 1997
    His son, Sylvester Jr., told People Magazine in 1997 that his father had composed an album's worth of material, including a tribute to Miles Davis called "Miles and Miles."
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  • 1991
    In 1991, he appeared on a cover of "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" performed by the Japanese band 13CATS, and shared lead vocals with Bobby Womack on "When the Weekend Comes" from Womack's 1993 album I Still Love You.
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  • 1990
    In 1990, he gave an energetic vocal performance on the Earth, Wind and Fire song, "Good Time."
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  • 1988
    From 1988 to 1989 Sly Stone wrote and produced a collection of unreleased recordings in his home studio in New Jersey, "Coming Back for More" and "Just Like A Teeter-Totter" are a part of that collection of about 20 songs.
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  • 1987
    In 1987, Stone released a single, "Eek-a-Boo Static Automatic", from the Soul Man soundtrack, and the song "I'm the Burglar" from the Burglar soundtrack.
    More Details Hide Details He also co-wrote and co-produced "Just Like A Teeter-Totter," which appeared on a Bar-Kays album from 1989.
  • 1986
    In 1986, Stone was featured on a track from Jesse Johnson's album Shockadelica called "Crazay".
    More Details Hide Details The music video featured Stone on keyboards and vocals, and received some airplay on the BET music network.
  • 1984
    Stone managed to do a short tour with Bobby Womack in the summer of 1984, and he continued to make sporadic appearances on compilations and other artists' records.
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  • 1976
    In 1976, Stone assembled a new Family Stone and released Heard Ya Missed Me, Well I'm Back. 1979's Back on the Right Track followed, and in 1982 Ain't But the One Way was released, which began as a collaborative album with George Clinton, but was scrapped and later completed by producer Stewart Levine for release.
    More Details Hide Details None of these later albums achieved much success. Stone also collaborated with Funkadelic on The Electric Spanking of War Babies (1981), but was unable to reinvigorate his career. In the early 1980s Sly Stone was also part of a George Clinton/Funkadelic family project with Muruga Booker called "The Soda Jerks," who recorded an album worth of material, all of which has gone unreleased, except for one song, however Muruga has plans of still releasing the project. In June 1983, Sly was arrested in Fort Myers, Fla., and charged with cocaine possession.
  • 1974
    Stone married model-actress Kathy Silva on June 5, 1974 during a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden.
    More Details Hide Details They separated in 1976, after their son was injured by Stone's dog. Sylvester Jr., born late 1973. His mother is Kathy Silva. Sylvette, born c. 1976. Her mother is Cynthia Robinson. Novena Carmel, born c. 1982. She is a singer/performer and also a booking agent at the Little Temple club in Los Angeles, now known as The Virgil. She is also a member of pop/hip hop group, Wallpaper. Stone's cousin is Moses Tyson, Jr., who is a gospel musician and organist.
  • 1969
    After moving to the Los Angeles area in fall 1969, Stone and his bandmates became heavy users of illegal drugs, primarily cocaine and PCP.
    More Details Hide Details As the members became increasingly focused on drug use and partying (Stone carried a violin case filled with illegal drugs wherever he went), recording slowed significantly. Between summer 1969 and fall 1971, the band released only one single, "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" / "Everybody Is a Star", released in December 1969. The former song was one of the first recordings to employ the heavy, funky beats that would be featured in the funk music of the following decade. It showcased bass player Larry Graham's innovative percussive playing technique of bass "slapping". Graham later said that he developed this technique in an earlier band in order to compensate for that band's lack of a drummer. "Thank You" reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1970. The single also peaked at #5 on the R&B chart and remained there for five weeks, while also remaining at #1 on the Pop chart for two weeks in the spring of 1970, before selling over a million copies.
    By the summer of 1969, Sly & The Family Stone were one of the biggest names in music, releasing two more top five singles, "Hot Fun in the Summertime" and "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" / "Everybody Is a Star", before the end of the year, and appearing at Woodstock.
    More Details Hide Details From the moment the group began touring following the success of Dance to the Music, The Family Stone drew praise for their explosive live show, which attracted equal parts black and white fans. When Bob Marley first played in the U.S. in 1973 with his band The Wailers, he opened on tour for Sly and The Family Stone. With the band's newfound fame and success came numerous problems. Relationships within the band were deteriorating; there was friction in particular between the Stone brothers and Larry Graham. Epic requested more marketable output. The Black Panther Party demanded that Stone make his music more militant and more reflective of the black power movement, replace Greg Errico and Jerry Martini with black instrumentalists, and replace manager David Kapralik.
  • 1968
    In 1968 sister Rosie Stone (piano and vocals) joined the band.
    More Details Hide Details Stone was influential in guiding KSOL-AM into soul music and started calling the station K-SOUL. The second was a popular soul music station (sans the K-SOUL moniker), at 107.7 FM (now known as KSAN). The current KSOL has a different format and is unrelated to the previous two stations. Along with James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic, Sly and the Family Stone were pioneers of late 1960s and early '70s funk. Their fusion of R&B rhythms, infectious melodies, and psychedelia created a new pop/soul/rock hybrid the impact of which has proven lasting and widespread. Motown producer Norman Whitfield, for example, patterned the label's forays into harder-driving, socially relevant material (such as The Temptations' "Runaway Child" and "Ball of Confusion") based on their sound. The pioneering precedent of Stone's racial, sexual, and stylistic mix, had a major influence in the 1980s on artists such as Prince and Rick James. Legions of artists from the 1990s forward – including Public Enemy, Fatboy Slim, Beck, Beastie Boys and LL Cool J's popular "Mama Said Knock You Out" along with many others – mined Stone's seminal back catalog for hook-laden samples.
  • 1966
    Adopting the stage name "Sly Stone," he then formed "The Stoners" in 1966 which included Cynthia Robinson on trumpet.
    More Details Hide Details With her he started his next band, Sly and the Family Stone. Stone, Robinson, and Fred Stewart were joined by Larry Graham, Greg Errico, and Jerry Martini, all of whom had studied music and worked in numerous amateur groups. Working around the Bay Area in 1967, this multiracial band made a strong impression. On the first recordings Little Sister's Vet Stone, Mary McCreary, and Elva Mouton did backup vocals.
  • 1952
    Sylvester and his brother Freddie along with their sisters Rose and Vaetta formed "The Stewart Four" as children, performing gospel music in the Church of God in Christ and even recording a single local release 78 rpm single, "On the Battlefield" b/w "Walking in Jesus' Name", in 1952.
    More Details Hide Details The eldest sister, Loretta, was the only Stewart child not to pursue a musical career. All of the other Stewart children would later adopt the surname "Stone" and become members of Sly & the Family Stone. Sylvester was identified as a musical prodigy. By the time he was seven, Sylvester had already become proficient on the keyboards, and by the age of eleven, he had mastered the guitar, bass, and drums as well. While still in high school, Sylvester had settled primarily on the guitar, and joined a number of high school bands. One of these was The Viscaynes, a doo-wop group, in which Sylvester and his friend, Frank Arelano - who was Filipino - were the only non-white members. The fact that the group was integrated made the Viscaynes "hip" in the eyes of their audiences, and would later inspire Sylvester's idea of the multicultural "Family Stone".
  • 1943
    Born on March 15, 1943.
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