Monday, March 11, 2013

It's A Family Affair by Sly & The Family Stone (and happy 70th birthday to Sly)

By Jack Brummet, Music Ed.

Happy 70th birthday to Sly Stone a/k/a Sylvester Stewart later this week... [listen in, but ignore the strange marina footage...what did that have to do with anything?].  We forget now, but Sly changed music with one of the first interracial rock/funk/soul bands with women and men, white and black. And he turned music on its ear, adding funk and rock, guitars, and women into the mix. He did this in 1968, and we still haven't caught up. Motown and Volt/Stax never really recovered.

BT Dubs...this is one of my favorite songs to sing at karaoke.  The best version was at a family function with Keelin and my sisters in law on the chorus and me on those rough-edged vocals.


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