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Sly & The Family Stone’s ‘Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)’ Selected For 2017 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame

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25 Recordings Added To The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame® Residing at the GRAMMY Museum® At L.A. LIVE

Sly & The Family Stone’s “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” has been selected by The Recording Academy® as one of 25 recordings to be inducted into the 2017 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®.

This year’s collection acknowledges a diverse range of both singles and album recordings at least 25 years old that exhibit qualitative or historical significance. Each year recordings are reviewed by a special member committee comprised of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees. With 25 new titles, the Hall, now in its 44th year, currently totals 1,038 recordings.

2017 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Inductees

(Songwriters of singles in parentheses)

“ABC”
The Jackson 5
(Berry Gordy, Alphonzo Mizell, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards, songwriters)
Motown (1970)
Single

“CHANGES”
David Bowie
(David Bowie, songwriter)
RCA Victor (1972)
Single

“THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS”
Arlo Guthrie
(Steve Goodman, songwriter)
Reprise (1972)
Single

“(HEP-HEP!) THE JUMPIN’ JIVE”
Cab Calloway And His Orchestra
(Cab Calloway, Frank Froeba, Jack Palmer, songwriters)
Vocalion (1939)
Single

“I CAN’T MAKE YOU LOVE ME”
Bonnie Raitt
(Mike Reid, Allen Shamblin, songwriters)
Capitol (1991)
Single

“I GET AROUND”
The Beach Boys
(Mike Love, Brian Wilson, songwriters)
Capitol (1964)
Single

“I GOT YOU BABE”
Sonny & Cher
(Sonny Bono, songwriter)
Atco (1965)
Single

“JAILHOUSE ROCK”
Elvis Presley
(Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, songwriters)
RCA Victor (1957)
Single

LADY SINGS THE BLUES
Billie Holiday
Clef (1956)
Album

“LOSING MY RELIGION”
R.E.M.
(Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe, songwriters)
Warner Bros. (1991)
Single

“MAGGIE MAY”
Rod Stewart
(Martin Quittenton, Rod Stewart, songwriters)
Mercury (1971)
Single

“MISSION—IMPOSSIBLE”
Lalo Schifrin
(Lalo Schifrin, songwriter)
Dot (1967)
Single

OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE
Merle Haggard
Capitol (1969)
Album

SIGN “O” THE TIMES
Prince
Paisley Park/Warner Bros. (1987)
Album

“SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT”
Nirvana
(Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic , songwriters)
DGC (1991)
Single

“SMOKE ON THE WATER”
Deep Purple
(Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Ian Paice, songwriters)
Warner Bros. (1973)
Single

“STACK O’LEE BLUES”
Mississippi John Hurt
(Traditional)
Okeh (1928)
Single

“STATESBORO BLUES”
Blind Willie McTell
(Willie McTell, songwriter)
Victor (1928)
Single

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
N.W.A
Ruthless/Priority (1988)
Album

“THANK YOU (FALETTINME BE MICE ELF AGIN)”
Sly & The Family Stone
(Sly Stone, songwriter)
Epic (1969)
Single

“WAKE UP LITTLE SUSIE”
The Everly Brothers
(Boudleaux Bryant, Felice Bryant, songwriters)
Cadence (1957)
Single

“THE WANDERER”
Dion
(Ernie Maresca, songwriter)
Laurie (1961)
Single

“WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN”
Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra
(Traditional)
Decca (1939)
Single

“YOU ALWAYS HURT THE ONE YOU LOVE”
Mills Brothers
(Doris Fisher, Allan Roberts, songwriters)
Decca (1944)
Single

“YOU DON’T OWN ME”
Lesley Gore
(John Madara, David White, songwriters)
Mercury (1963)
Single

Sly & The Family Stone ‘Family Affair’ On Pitchfork 1970s Best Songs List

Pitchfork 200 Best Songs of the 1970s

Pitchfork has shared its list of what it considers the 200 Best Songs of the 1970s, with Sly & The Family Stone’s “Family Affair,” from the album There’s A Riot Goin’ On, at #55. Pitchfork writes:

Sly composed most of Riot on his own, including “Family Affair,” a stripped-down track with a drum machine and light electric keys. Vocally, Sly opts for a grumbling, conversational cadence that adds a certain intimacy. The result is a song that feels like a personal conversation about life’s ups and downs.

Read more at Pitchfork.

Learning From Sly & The Family Stone ‘Everyday People’ – St. Cloud Times

Sly & The Family Stone - Everyday People

Life is too complex to cover with one song. There’s too much strife, too much anger, too many complex questions and issues. But sometimes some songs fit situations so perfectly.

Sly & The Family Stone have many great songs and albums. … Consider the setting for the early several albums. From 1967 to 1973, you had the rise and fall of flower power, the increasing anger over Vietnam, racial and religious conflicts were skyrocketing, and the political scene was polarizing and chaotic. Does any of that situation sound relevant to today?

Please understand that I’m not suggesting that any song, any music group, any particular album will be the balm to cure any societal ailment. But Sly & The Family Stone’s “Everyday People” is such a great song. And it seems to apply as much now as it did in 1968.

Read more at the St. Cloud Times.

Cynthia Robinson Has Passed

Friends, Famliy and Fans through out the world, Cynthia Robinson, Trumpeter and Co- Founder of Sly and The Family Stone…

Posted by Cynthia Robinson on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sly Stone Returns for Funkadelic, Soul Clap Collab – Rolling Stone

Funkadelic and Boston production duo Soul Clap enjoy a casual Corvette cruise and confront the horrors of unmitigated oil consumption in the surreal live-action/claymation clip for “In Da Kar.”

Recorded during the pair’s 2013 sessions — and featuring a rare appearance from Sly Stone on keys — “In Da Kar” boasts a slick, smooth, understated groove while George Clinton’s voice crackly voice roughens up the edges. It’s an undeniable driving song, and the video fittingly opens with the Soul Clap guys, decked out in flamboyant Seventies-style outfits, pulling up to a gas station in slow motion to refill the tank of their black Corvette.

Read more at Rolling Stone.

Sly & The Family Stone’s “Everyday People” Covered on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” – Pitchfork

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Sly & The Family Stone’s “Everyday People” was covered on the inaugural episode of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” by Mavis Staples and the show’s house band. Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, members of Beirut, Buddy Guy, Ben Folds, Aloe Blacc, Derek Trucks, and others were alongside Staples during the cover performance.

Read more and check out the video at Pitchfork.

Sly Stone Makes Surprise Appearance On Stage With Family Stone

Sly Stone at Count Basie Theatre August 23, 2015

“Oh my god, it’s Sly!”

That’s what one audience member exclaimed Sunday, Aug. 23 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank when music icon Sly Stone made an ultra-rare appearance on a concert stage, with no less than the Family Stone, which features several original members of Sly & The Family Stone.

Stone popped up on stage to play keyboards on the band’s hit, “If You Want Me to Stay.”

“It was quite a surprise, a pleasant surprise and it was cool,” said Family Stone member Greg Errico after the show. “I couldn’t see people’s faces in the audience but everybody told me there was a lot of crying going on — it was emotional.”

Read more at the Asbury Park Press.

Photo credit: Count Basie Theatre

Sly & The Family Stone Featured In White House Spotify Playlist

White House Spotify playlist

The White House joined Spotify today, creating daytime and evening playlists featuring some of President Obama’s favorite summer songs. On the daytime playlist — Sly & The Family Stone’s “Hot Fun in the Summertime.” Enjoy the full “Day” playlist, featuring Sly & The Family Stone, below!

The President’s Summer Playlist: Day

  1. Ain’t Too Proud to Beg – The Temptations
  2. Live It Up – Isley Brothers
  3. Memories Live – Talib Kweli & Hi Tek
  4. Tombstone Blues – Bob Dylan
  5. So Much Trouble in the World – Bob Marley
  6. Paradise – Coldplay
  7. Tengo Un Trato (Remix) – Mala Rodriguez
  8. Wang Dang Doodle – Howlin Wolf
  9. Another Star – Stevie Wonder
  10. Hot Fun in the Summertime – Sly & the Family Stone
  11. Boozophilia – Low Cut Connie
  12. Wherever Is Your Heart – Brandi Carlile
  13. Good Day – Nappy Roots
  14. Green Light – John Legend
  15. Gimme Shelter – Rolling Stones
  16. Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin
  17. Down Down the Deep River – Okkervil River
  18. Pusher Love Girl – Justin Timberlake
  19. Shake It Out – Florence + The Machine
  20. La Salsa La Traigo Yo – Sonora Carruseles

Sly & The Family Stone ‘Live At The Fillmore East’ Reviews In The News

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The Sly and the Family Stone: Live at the Fillmore East — October 4th & 5th, 1968 box set has been receiving great reviews in the press since its release last month.

“One doozy of a box… pure groove… vintage audiophiles will just about bow down before the quality of these tapes.” – The Boston Globe

“A portrait of a large funk and soul band on fire.” – Los Angeles Times

“A long belated affirmation of the Family Stone’s ceremonious soul charge.” – Lexington Herald Leader

“The first thing you hear is pure energy: the nuclear reaction of musical power that Sly and his Family Stone generated onstage.” – Stereophile

“These discs are a showcase of [Sly’s] genius.” – The Root

Sly & The Family Stone: Still All The Way Live – Ebony Interview

Sly Stone & Cynthia Robinson

Back in 1967, when funky trumpeter Cynthia Robinson joined forces with musical visionary Sly Stone, most “girls” in band units wore pretty dresses and harmonized in the background. “I never thought for one second I’d be able to play with a real band,” Robinson recalls via telephone from her home in the Bay Area. “When I was in high school, I went through a lot of bad treatment and was called a lot of names by boys, because I wanted to play. Sly was different.”

Forty-seven later, Cynthia Robinson, who still tours the world playing with the Family Stone, remembers her back in the day life on the road with the musicians she calls, the greatest band in the world.”

Read more at Ebony.