If You Want Me To Stay Sober At The Grammy Awards…


A Sly and the Family Stone tribute took place at the 2006 Grammy Awards on February 8, 2006. The original plan, to have been a surprise for audiences, was to feature a reunion performance by the original Sly and the Family Stone lineup as the highlight of the tribute. However, the Grammy Award show’s producers were worried that Sly Stone, who missed some of the rehearsals and belatedly arrived for others (his drug use was heavy and behavior unpredictable), would miss the show.

The tribute began halfway through the Grammy Awards ceremony, and was introduced by comedian Dave Chappelle. It featured performers such as John Legend, Ciara, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith performing classic Sly and the Family Stone songs.

After the first half of “I Want to Take You Higher”, the Family Stone took the stage alongside the other musicians, and Steven Tyler called backstage “Hey, Sly; let’s do it the way we used to do it!” Sporting a blonde mohawk hairdo, sunglasses, and a silver lamé suit, Sly Stone emerged and contributed vocals and keyboards to a continuation of “I Want To Take You Higher.” Three minutes into the performance, Sly tossed a wave to the audience and exited the stage, leaving the Family Stone and the guest performers to complete the number alone.

Sly’s unusual appearance and brief performance garnered highly mixed reviews and was covered throughout the press. An Associated Press report referred to Sly as the “J. D. Salinger of funk” and simply referred to the performance as being “bizarre”. MTV News was much less complimentary: “The Grammy performance—Sly’s first with the original Family Stone since 1971—was a halting, confused affair and a complete disservice to his music.” Another AP report stated that “nineteen years after his last live performance, Sly Stone proved he’s still able to steal the show.”

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Side One

If You Want Me to Stay

Side Two

Babies Makin’ Babies

Hot Fun In The Summertime


Me

I’ve posted about my summers on the boats before, with my dad’s playlists and summer parties. As you can see from above, as a baby I was sleeping, zonked out in a inner tube but as I got older, I was goofing off. Hot Fun In The Summertime was definitely on my dad’s playlists! I mean, honestly, how could it not have been?

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Hot Fun in the Summertime

Side Two

Fun

Sly & The Family Stone


Sly and the Family Stone was a band from San Francisco. Active from 1967 to 1983, the band was pivotal in the development of soul, funk, and psychedelic music.

Headed by singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist Sly Stone, and containing several of his family members and friends, the band was the first major American rock band to have an “integrated, multi-gender” lineup. Brothers Sly Stone and singer/guitarist Freddie Stone combined their bands in 1967. Sly and Freddie Stone, trumpeter Cynthia Robinson, drummer Gregg Errico, saxophonist Jerry Martini, and bassist Larry Graham comprised the original lineup; Sly and Freddie’s sister, singer/keyboardist Rose Stone, joined within a year.

They recorded five Billboard Hot 100 hits which reached the top 10, and four ground-breaking albums, which greatly influenced the sound of American pop, soul, R&B, funk, and hip hop music. In the preface of his 1998 book For the Record: Sly and the Family Stone: An Oral History, Joel Selvin sums up the importance of Sly and the Family Stone’s influence on African American music by stating “there are two types of black music: black music before Sly Stone, and black music after Sly Stone”. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

During the early 1970s, the band switched to a grittier funk sound, which was as influential on the music industry as their earlier work. The band began to fall apart during this period because of drug abuse and ego clashes; consequently, the fortunes and reliability of the band deteriorated, leading to its dissolution in 1975.

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Runnin’ Away

Side Two

Brave & Strong

Makes No Difference What Group I’m In


‘Cause I am everyday people, yeah, yeah

There is a blue one who can’t accept the green one
For living with a fat one, trying to be a skinny one
And different strokes for different folks
And so on and so on and Scooby dooby doo-bee
Oh, sha sha, we got to live together

I am no better and neither are you
We are the same whatever we do
You love me, you hate me, you know me and then
You can’t figure out the bag I’m in
‘Cause I am everyday people

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Side One

Everyday People

Side Two

Sing a Simple Song