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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 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 composed 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.

During the early 1970s, Sly and the Family Stone transitioned into a darker and less commercial funk sound that would prove as influential as their early work before drug problems and interpersonal clashes led to the group's dissolution in 1975. Sly Stone continued to record albums and tour with a new rotating lineup under the "Sly and the Family Stone" name from 1975 to 1983. In 1987, Sly Stone was arrested and sentenced for cocaine use, after which he went into effective retirement. 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 on November 23, 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 3
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 1
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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