Born Sylvester Stewart, March 15, 1943 in Denton, Texas, son of K.C. and Alpha Stewart, Sly Stone, a disc jockey at KSOL-San Francisco and his brother Freddie created Sly and the family stone in 1967. Sly is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer, most famous for his role as lead for Sly & the Family Stone, a band that played a critical role in the development of soul, funk and psychedelia in the 1960s and 1970s multiracial band.
Member’s of the band include; Rose Stone, Cynthia Robinson, Greg Errico, Jerry Martini, Larry Graham, Vet Stewart, Mary McCreary, Elva Mouton, Gerry Gibson, Rustee Allen, Pat Rizzo, Andy Newmark, Bill Lordan, Vicki Blackwell, and Jim Strassburg.
“Dance to the Music” introduced them to the world in 1968 with “Everyday People” topping the Hit Parade that same year. “Hot Fun in the Summertime” earned more gold a year later and “Thank You” starting 1970 as the number one song on the Hit Parade. “Family Affair” followed in 1971.
In 1993, Sly & the Family Stone was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2007, followed by the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2011.