Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Dance to the music
How could Sly and the Family Stone's Greatest Hits be available on Amazon.com only through third-party sellers? That sucks. We could get the 2-disc set Essential Sly, but everything we need is right there on the Greatest Hits: "I Want to Take You Higher," "Dance to the Music," "Everyday People," "Hot Fun in the Summertime," and "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)."
Has there ever been a better fusion of funk, soul and R&B? And was there a more perfect time -- the late Sixties -- to put it all in a psychedelic blender and turn it on "pulse"?
Today's clip is really just a teaser for an Ed Sullivan DVD. We're sharing it with you because on this particular video you can catch a glimpse of trumpeter/vocalist Cynthia Robinson, who provided a key component to the Family Stone. With the charismatic Sly, talented guitarist brother Freddie and bass player/baritone Larry Graham, one of the best thumb thumpers to ever come down the pike, it was easy to be a second fiddle in this outfit. But Cynthia more than held her own. Just listen -- and dance -- to the music.
Cynthia hits the big six-five today, so raise a glass to her and the rest of today's Birthday Band. And track down some Sly if you don't already have it in your collection.
Tex Ritter (1905-74): Country singer
High Noon, Blood on the Saddle
Ray Price (1926): Country singer
Crazy Arms, Make the World Go Away, For the Good Times
Glenn Yarbrough (1930): Singer
Baby the Rain Must Fall
William Lee Golden (1939): Singer, Oak Ridge Boys
Elvira, American Made, Bobbie Sue
Cynthia Robinson (1946): Trumpet/vocals, Sly and the Family Stone
Dance to the Music, Everyday People, Hot Fun in the Summertime