Some of the wonderful hit tunes of Sly and the Family Stone include “Stand”, “Sing a Simple Song” and “I want to Take you Higher.” Remember that he higher you get, the more simple the song is. The band was a highlight of the Woodstock concert. To be honest, everybody at Woodstock was so high that even Sha-na-na was a highlight.
In 1970 he recorded and released the seminal funk single Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin). It was the song that introduced the slap technique of funk bass that changed a generation of musicians. Without Sly’s music there would be no Parliament-Funkadelic or Commodores. (We’re talking “Brick House” by the Commodores and not “Three Times a Lady.”)
The massive drug use by Sly eventually hurt his music career. It was known that he would carry a giant load of drugs in a violin case which is much better than carrying a violin in the case. He was also known for not showing up to perform concerts. We at ComedyGuys.com have never missed a gig. We may not remember doing a gig, but we’ve never missed one….
In 1993, he and the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We here at ComedyGuys.com hope to be inducted in the R&R Hall of Fame because we can still do a mean rendition of “Disco Duck.”