Thursday, March 15, 2007

Happy Birthday Sly!

His vision? To combine rock, soul, funk and psychedelia into something you could:
1) Dance to.
2) Think about.
Happy Birthday to Sly Stone, born on this date in 1943 in Denton, Texas.
Music history books often make a point that Sly & The Family Stone were among the few integrated bands (Booker T. & The MGs is another) of R&B. I attribute that to two reasons:
1) San Francisco seems to be among the most integrated places on Earth, with every nationality of the world represented, often among just a few city blocks.
2) It was important for Sly to surround himself with the best available musicians.
I don't throw the "genius" tag around too lightly (well, perhaps I do), but Sly Stone certainly deserves it.
Happy Birthday Sly!.


Blogger Brian Cooper said...

Sly Stone had drug-related problems -- and maybe he still does. But lots of other performers receovered enough to make a comeback. What has he been up to the last 20-30 years?

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