Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Sly & The Family Stone caught my attention when I was still a preteen, probably before I ever considered buying albums. My sister and I used to buy singles, or .45’s as we called them back then, and I’m quite sure I had some Sly in my collection. Speaking of collections, Greatest Hits is one amazing collection of Sly & The Family Stones uniquely groundbreaking stew of pop, soul, funk, rock, and r & b. Sporting the first racially integrated band in rock music, the diversity of its members fed into the intoxicating mix of styles that simultaneously made the listener want to dance, sing along, and generally feel happy. Some of my favorites are Dance To The Music, Everybody Is A Star, Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin), Everyday People, and I Want To Take You Higher. This record holds a lot of sentimental value for me and stands the test of time as a cool party record. The best music is timeless, and this one fits that description beyond a doubt.

Written By Braddon S. Williams

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