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Sly and the Family Stone was an American band from San Francisco. Active from 1967 to 1983, the band was pivotal in the development of funk, soul, rock, and psychedelic music. The group's core line-up was led by singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Sly Stone, and featured Stone's brother and singer/guitarist Freddie Stone, sister and singer/keyboardist Rose Stone, trumpeter Cynthia Robinson, drummer Gregg Errico, saxophonist Jerry Martini, and bassist Larry Graham. The band was the first major American rock group to have an "integrated, multi-gender" lineup.

Formed in 1967, the group's music synthesized a variety of disparate musical genres to help pioneer the emerging "psychedelic soul" sound. They soon found commercial success, recording 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 critically acclaimed albums such as Stand! (1969), which combined pop sensibility with social commentary. In the 1970s, Sly and the Family Stone transitioned into a darker and less commercial funk sound that would result in releases such as There's a Riot Goin' On (1971) and prove as influential as their early work. By 1975, drug problems and interpersonal clashes led to the group's dissolution, though Sly Stone 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 pop, soul, R&B, funk, and hip hop music. Music critic 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". In 2010, they were ranked 43rd in Rolling Stone list of "The 100 Greatest Artists of All-Time," and three of their albums are included in the Rolling Stone list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Two of the original members Jerry Martini and Greg Errico still tour today as The Family Stone without Sly. Cynthia Robinson toured with them from 2006 until her death in 2015.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1967 A Whole New Thing 4
1968 Life 4
1968 Dance to the Music 4
1969 Stand! 10
1971 There’s a Riot Goin’ On 13
1973 Fresh 5
1974 Small Talk 3
1976 Heard You Missed Me, Well I'm Back 1
1979 Back on the Right Track 3
1992 Ain't but the One Way 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1970 Greatest Hits 4
1981 Anthology 2
1991 The Collection 1
1992 The Best of Sly & The Family Stone 1
1992 Greatest Hits 2
1995 Greatest Hits (extra disc) 1
2001 It Takes All Kinds 1
2001 Thee Thesaurus of Funkasaurus 1
2001 Who in the Funk Do You Think You Are: The Warner Bros. Recordings 1
2003 The Essential Sly & The Family Stone 4 1
2005 Higher! 1
2005 The Essential Sly & The Family Stone 1
2009 The Woodstock Experience 1
2009 Funky Forever 1
2011 Dynamite! The Collection 1
2012 Ultimate Sly & The Family Stone 1
2013 Higher! (Box Set) 1
2013 Higher! (Highlights) 1
2015 Playlist: The Very Best of Sly & The Family Stone 2
Best of Sly and the Family Stone 1
Sly & The Family Stone 1

Album + Compilation + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
2005 Different Strokes by Different Folks 2

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
Texas International Pop Festival 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1968 Everyday People / Sing A Simple Song 1
1969 Hot Fun in the Summertime / Fun 1
1969 I Ain't Got Nobody / I Can't Turn You Loose 1
1969 Stand! / I Want to Take You Higher 1
1969 Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) / Everybody Is a Star 1
1970 I Want To Take You Higher 1
1971 Family Affair / Luv N' Haight 1
1973 If You Want Me To Stay / Thankful N' Thoughtful 1
1979 Remember Who You Are 1
1991 Family Affair 1

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
Legends - Sly And The Family Stone 1
On the Right Track 1
Spotlight On Sly And The Family Stone 1

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