Sly & The Family Stone

Formed 1967. Disbanded 1975.
Sly & The Family Stone


Sly and the Family Stone were an American Rock, funk, and soul band from San Francisco. Active from 1967 to 1983, the band was pivotal in the development of soul, funk, and psychedelic music. 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, multi-gender" lineup.

Brothers Sly Stone and singer/guitarist Freddie Stone combined their bands (Sly & the Stoners and Freddie & the Stone Souls) in 1967. Sly and Freddie Stone, trumpeter Cynthia Robinson, drummer Gregg Errico, saxophonist Jerry Martini, and bassist Larry Graham comprised the original lineup; Sly and Freddie's sister, singer/keyboardist Rose Stone, joined within a year. They recorded five Billboard Hot 100 hits which reached the top 10, and four ground-breaking albums, which greatly influenced the sound of American pop, 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 and 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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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of A Whole New Thing, Dance To The Music, Life, Stand!, There's A Riot Goin' On, Fresh, Small Talk

    A Whole New Thing, Dance To The Music, Life, Stand!, There's A Riot Goin' On, Fresh, Small Talk 2007

    Reviewed by Paul Bennun
    They have the grace to stop just on the point of tragedy, and they are staggering.
  2. Review of There’s a Riot Goin’ On

    There’s a Riot Goin’ On 1971

    Reviewed by Stevie Chick
    Dark, troubled and brilliant funk from kaleidoscopic soul-rock legends.
  3. Review of Stand!

    Stand! 1969

    Reviewed by David O'Donnell
    A landmark album for funk music.
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