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589-Sly and the Family Stone-Dance to the Music.
1967-Number 7 single.
Best Bit-At 1.30. The respected music critic Joel Selvin said,’There are two types of black music. Black music before Sly Stone, and black music after Sly Stone.
Sly and the family Stone were formed in San Francisco, California, United States, in 1968, they were active until 1983. The classic lineup consisted of Sly Stone (multi instrumentalist,) his brother Freddie (guitar,) their sister Rose Stone (keyboards,) Cythia Robinson (1944-2015) (trumpet, and vocals,) Jerry Martini (saxophone,) Larry Graham (bass,) and Greg Errico (drums.) They were the first successful American Rock group to have a racially integrated male and female lineup. Sly and the Family Stone are considered to be one of the most influential groups in the development of American Pop Music due to their experimentation. They were pioneers of the new music genre ‘Psychedelic Soul’, which was a major influence on Funk, Soul, R&B, and Hip-Hop, as well as the Motown music producer Norman Whitfield (see also best songs 911-777-569-533-480-346 and 233.)Sly Stone was born Sylvester Stewart on March 15th, 1943, in Denton, Texas, United States. He acquired the nickname Sly while at school when a classmate misspelled his name ‘Slyvester.’ The name ‘Stone’ was adopted by the family members as their stage name.
‘Dance to the Music’ was written by Sly Stone, and was taken from the bands second studio Album of the same name. In total they released 11 studio Albums between 1967-1982. After the critical success of.their debut Album ‘A Whole New Thing,’ in 1967, Clive Davis the executive of ‘CBS Records’ insisted that the band record a more commercial sounding song in order to gain more radio play, and get them in to the charts, which was something the band had no real interest in wanting to do, preferring their more experimental approach. A compromise was reached, but not everyone was happy, Jerry Martini dismissed the song as,’Glorified Motown beats, saying the song was an ‘Unhip’ thing for them to do. Martini also said that Sly Stone only did the song to satisfy the CBS executives desire for a hit, stating, ‘Sly hated it.’
‘You might like to hear my organ, I said ride Sally ride. If I could hear the horns blow, Cynthia on the throne, yeah.’