Sly & the Family Stone Photography

Sly & the Family Stone

Besides unconventionally blending soul, funk and psychedelic music, Sly & The Family Stone were also the first significant American act with a culturally-integrated, multi-gender lineup. Naturally, subjects of peace, diversity and unity were plentiful, though they were always accompanied by some seriously sizzling grooves.

From 1967 to 1974, the group churned out smashes such as “Dance to the Music,” “Everyday People,” “If You Want Me to Stay” and “Family Affair,” all of which influenced countless rock, pop, funk and hip-hop artists. Their music also transitioned with the times—growing darker and more socially aware—reflecting the cultural shifts that defined the end of the ’60s.

The group was honored for such achievements with a 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with a 2006 Grammy Awards tribute that found even the extremely reclusive Sly making a brief cameo. Perhaps author Joel Selvin sums up the band’s innovation best by simply saying “there are two types of black music: black music before Sly Stone, and black music after Sly Stone.”

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