Psychedelic Soul Music
Sly and the Family Stone had achieved notoriety at the 1969 Woodstock festival, where they performed early in the a.m. on August 17th. The people liked their funk-rock sound. The group released “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” which was written and produced by Sly Stone, shortly thereafter. It went to #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #6 on Cash Box, and #3 on the R&B Chart. Rolling Stone magazine has it on their list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
The Sly and The Family Stone band originated in San Francisco. They recorded songs in many genres, including funk, psychedelic soul, rock, soul, pop, funk rock, and R&B. Sly Stone, a multi-talented musician, songwriter, and producer, headed this group of family members and friends. They had an integrated, multi-gender lineup. This reflected their philosophy of love, peace, and understand among all peoples. Over the years, there were many membership changes, but on this track were Sly Stone, Rose Stone, Freddie Stone, and Larry Graham on lead and background vocals. For the instrumentation, there were Sly Stone (piano), Freddie Stone (guitar), Larry Graham (bass), Greg Errico (drums), and Jerry Martini (tenor sax), and Cynthia Robinson (trumpet).