Sly Stone is featured on the new Funkadelic single, "The Naz," which will be available for download on Saturday, April 20th. The single will feature Sly "on vocals telling the story of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Sly uses his trademark radio rap that he used to kick as a DJ on San Francisco’s radio station KSOL-AM. 'He just laid it down and we built the entire song around it,'" said George Clinton in a statement. You can read more and get the single at GeorgeClinton.com.
Check out our TWO-PART Sly & The Family Stone Legacy Archives exclusive video! We went into the Sony Archives and found some amazing slides of Sly & The Family Stone, and we also walk you through the process of converting the negative images into a digital file.
LEGACY RECORDINGS ANNOUNCES TITLES FOR RECORD STORE DAY 2013 (SATURDAY, APRIL 20)
Legacy's RSD 2013 Collectibles Include Releases From Aerosmith, Cypress Hill, Miles Davis, Dust, Jimi Hendrix, Taj Mahal, Mad Season, Shuggie Otis, Willie Nelson, Sly & the Family Stone and the 20th Anniversary Edition of the No Alternative Compilation
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SLY & THE FAMILY STONE HONORED AS LEGACY RECORDINGS’ ARTIST OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH 2013
SLY STONE’S 70th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATED ON MARCH 15th; BEGINS YEAR-LONG CELEBRATION OF SLY & THE FAMILY STONE
MULTI-DISC CAREER RETROSPECTIVE BOX SET ARRIVES LATER THIS YEAR
In an interview with NPR, Clive Davis discusses working with Sly Stone:
"My dealings with Sly were to really encourage him. He was so energetic. He was so hardworking. In those days, the Columbia studios were union scale and union-affiliated and they were not open Saturday and Sunday. Sly wanted to open Saturday and Sunday for work, so he would call me over the weekend. We bonded."
Read more at NPR.org.
Listen to Sly and the Family Stone - "Everyday People" in Clive Davis' - The Soundtrack Of My Life playlist on Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/track/1orD9IAKp9MotxkDEhl6Mr
February was a lucky month for Sly Stone, since the number one song in the USA 44 years ago this week was "Everyday People," while the number one song in the USA 43 years ago was "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)." These two Sly and the Family Stone classics were both featured on the 1970 Epic release "Greatest Hits," a frozen concentrate of awesome in vinyl form.
Recently, Sony's senior mastering engineer Vic Anesini and producer Rob Santos were hunkered down at Battery Studios in New York to remaster a career-spanning boxed set of Sly and the Family Stone—including a previously unreleased recording of a 1970 concert at the Isle of Wight off the coast of England.
It’s a good deal: Jerry Martini never gets tired of playing songs by Sly and the Family Stone, and people never get tired of hearing them.
He attributes the material’s longevity to the fact that band founder Sly Stone wrote “absolutely brilliant lyrics” with a message, and that the music really is about everyday people and families: “There’s no swearing,” he says.
Read more at the San Francisco Examiner.
It in no way minimizes Sly Stone's genius to state that the primary instrumental force of Sly and the Family Stone was Larry Graham. Larry, who turns 66 today, was a true pioneer of the bass guitar: through that instrument he invested Sly's songs with a power unheard of in pop music, and he is credited with inventing the "bass slap," a crucial element in all funk music. Larry is also beloved for his baritone vocal interjections: "I'm gonna add some bottom!" Here he is, far right, with the band in 1970.