Sly and the Family Stone
Formed in San Francisco, CA in November 1966 with members: Sly Stone (b. Sylvester Stewart, 15th March 1943, Denton, TX) Freddie Stone (b. 5th June 1946, Vallejo, CA) Cynthia Robinson (b. 12th January 1946, Sacramento, CA - d. 23 November 2015 Carmichael, CA) Jerry Martini (b. 1st October 1943, Denver CO) Larry Graham (b. 14th August 1946, Beaumont, TX) Greg Errico (b. 1st September 1946, San Francisco, CA) Rosie Stone (b. 21st March 1945, Vallejo, CA) (joined the original group in January 1968)
Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 (Performer).
Sly and the Family Stone was an American funk rock band originated from San Francisco, California. Active from 1966 to 1983, they were pivotal in the development of funk, soul, rock, and psychedelic music. Their core line-up was led by singer-songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist Sly Stone, and included Stone's brother and singer/guitarist Freddie Stone, sister and singer/keyboardist Rose Stone, trumpeter Cynthia Robinson, drummer Greg Errico, saxophonist Jerry Martini, and bassist Larry Graham. The band was the first major American rock group to have a racially integrated, male and female lineup.Formed in 1966, the group's music synthesized a variety of disparate musical genres to help pioneer the emerging "psychedelic soul" sound. They released a series of Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits such as "Dance to the Music" (1968), "Everyday People" (1968), and "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" (1969), as well as critically acclaimed albums such as Stand! (1969), which combined pop sensibility with social commentary. In the 1970s, it transitioned into a darker and less commercial funk sound on releases such as There's a Riot Goin' On (1971) and Fresh (1973), proving as influential as their early work. By 1975, drug problems and interpersonal clashes led to dissolution, though Sly continued to record and tour with a new rotating lineup under the name "Sly and the Family Stone" until drug problems forced his effective retirement in 1987.The work of Sly and the Family Stone greatly influenced the sound of subsequent American funk, pop, soul, R&B, and hip hop music. Music critic Joel Selvin wrote, "there are two types of black music: black music before Sly Stone, and black music after Sly Stone". In 2010, they were ranked 43rd in Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, and three of their albums are included on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.