Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthMarch 15, 1943
SpouseKathy Silva
FactSly And The Family Stone's signature hits included "Stand", "Everyday People","Hot Fun In The Summertime" and "Everybody Is A Star".


Sly Stone (born Sylvester Stewart on March 15, 1943) is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer, most famous for his role as frontman for Sly and the Family Stone, a band that played a pivotal role in the development of soul, funk, and psychedelic music. As a solo artist, Stone continued to explore these genres, as well as others, throughout his career.

Born in Denton, Texas, Sly Stone was the fourth of five children born to K.C. and Alpha Stewart. His father was a DJ and his mother was a housewife. Sly’s siblings were all musical; his older brother Freddie played guitar, his sister Rosemary played piano, and his younger brother Vaetta played drums. As a child, Sly was exposed to a wide range of music, including gospel, blues, and country.

Sly began playing music himself at an early age; he learned to play the piano by ear and also taught himself to play the drums. He started his first band, The Stewart Four, with his siblings when he was just eleven years old. The band played local clubs and dances, and Sly quickly developed a reputation as a talented musician.

After graduating from high school, Sly enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. It was there that he first heard James Brown’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” which would have a profound influence on his own music.

When he was discharged from the Army in 1963, Sly returned to the United States and began working as a DJ. He soon started his own record label, Stone Flower Productions, and began producing records for local artists. He also started writing his own songs and formed a new band, Sly and the Family Stone.

The band’s debut album, A Whole New Thing, was released in 1967 to critical acclaim. The album’s mix of soul, funk, and psychedelic rock was unlike anything that had been heard before, and it quickly made Sly and the Family Stone one of the most popular bands in the country.

The band’s follow-up album, Dance to the Music, was even more successful, reaching the top of the charts and spawning the hit single “Everyday People.” The band’s third album, Stand!, was released in 1969 and featured the classic singles “I Want to Take You Higher” and “Stand!”

By this time, Sly Stone had become one of the most influential figures in popular music. His innovative style had helped to create a new genre of music, and his success had made him one of the richest and most famous musicians in the world.

However, just as Sly Stone was at the peak of his career, his personal life began to unravel. He became addicted to drugs, and his erratic behavior began to alienate his bandmates and fans.

The band’s fourth album, There’s a Riot Goin’ On, was released in 1971 to mixed reviews. The album reflected Sly’s drug-fueled state of mind, and it would be the last album released by the original lineup of the band.

Sly continued to release solo albums throughout the 1970s and 1980s, but he never regained the commercial success or critical acclaim that he had achieved with Sly and the Family Stone. In 1987, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In recent years, Sly Stone has made sporadic public appearances and has continued to write and record new music. He remains an influential figure in popular music, and his impact can still be heard in the work of contemporary artists.

General Info

Full NameSly Stone
Date Of BirthMarch 15, 1943
Height1.88 m
ProfessionRecord producer, Organist, Singer, Songwriter, Everyday People, Dance to the Music, Family Affair
EducationSolano Community College
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseKathy Silva
ChildrenNovena Carmel, Sylvette Robinson, Sylvester Stewart, Jr., Everyday People, Dance to the Music, Family Affair
ParentsAlpha Stewart, K.C. Stewart, Everyday People, Dance to the Music, Family Affair
SiblingsFreddie Stone, Rose Stone, Vet Stone, Loretta Stone, Everyday People, Dance to the Music, Family Affair, Everyday People, Dance to the Music, Family Affair

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Quotes

#Quote
1No more chance of going to jail than you think. I don't have those kinds of things to take care of. I write songs.
2Fifty nights in a row. You pick the number. We've got the best band in the world.

Facts

#Fact
1Cousin of Lynn Mabry.
2Father of Phunne Robinson, Slyvester Stewart Jr., and Novena Carmel.
3Sly And The Family Stone's signature hits included "Stand", "Everyday People","Hot Fun In The Summertime" and "Everybody Is A Star".
4Was a disc jockey and record producer in the San Francisco area before becoming a recording artist. As a producer he worked for Autumn Records, which was The Beau Brummels' label, and he produced the Bobby Freeman 1965 hit "C'mon and Swim" on that label.
5Shares a birthday with fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Mike Love of The Beach Boys and Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh.
6He and his backing group, The Family Stone, were voted the 43rd Greatest Artists in Rock 'n' Roll by Rolling Stone.
7Married his girlfriend Kathy Silva at Madison Square Garden before 21,000 guests on June 4, 1974 to help boost attendance for a concert that wasn't selling very well. The event was dreamed up by Stone and Silva and his manager and turned out to be an enormous success. But the marriage wasn't so successful, Silva filed for divorce four months later.
8Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 (as a member of Sly and the Family Stone).

Pictures

Movies

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Brooklyn Nine-Nine2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Finding the Funk2013Documentary writer: "Dance to the Music", "Thank You Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Again" - as Sylvester Stewart / writer: "Family Affair"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011-2012TV Series writer - 8 episodes
Sparkle2012/Iwriter: "Sing a Simple Song" - as Sylvester Stewart
Smash2012TV Series writer - 2 episodes
A Thousand Words2012/Iwriter: "You Can Make It If You Try" - as Sylvester Stewart
Wanderlust2012writer: "Underdog" - as Sylvester Stewart
Joyful Noise2012writer: "I Want to Take You Higher" - as Sylvester Stewart
Happy Feet Two2011writer: "Mama Said Knock You Out" - as Sylvester Stewart
Late Show with David Letterman2011TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son2011writer: "Mama Said Knock You Out" - as Sylvester Stewart
Cry Baby: The Pedal that Rocks the World2011Video documentary writer: "Ride The Rhythm" - as Sylvester Stewart
Runaway2010/IShort writer: "Hell of a Life" "Hell of a Life - as Sylvester Stewart, uncredited
Eat Pray Love2010writer: "Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin" - as Sylvester Stewart
Death at a Funeral2010writer: "Life" - as Sylvester Stewart
Secret Diary of a Call Girl2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
House M.D.2008-2009TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Milk2008/Iwriter: "Everyday People" - as Sylvester Stewart
Meet the Browns2008writer: "People Everyday Metamorphosis Mix" - as Sylvester Stewart
Semi-Pro2008writer: "Dance To The Music", "I Want To Take You Higher" - as Sylvester Stewart
Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins2008writer: "Thinkuboutmi" - as Sylvester Stewart
The Wire2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Definitely, Maybe2008writer: "Everyday People" 1968, "People Everyday" 1992 - as Sylvester Stewart
Shrek the Third2007writer: "Thank You Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Again" - as Sylvester Stewart
Talk to Me2007writer: "I Want to Take You Higher", "If You Want Me to Stay" - as Sylvester Stewart
Zodiac2007writer: "I Want To Take You Higher" - as Sylvester Stewart
My Name Is Earl2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Night at the Museum2006writer: "Weapon Of Choice" 2000 - as Sylvester Stewart
Underclassman2005writer: "Weekends" - as Sylvester Stewart
Stealth2005writer: "Dance to the Music" - as Sylvester Stewart
The Amateurs2005writer: "Tutti Frutti" - as Sylvester Stewart
Kangaroo Jack: G'Day, U.S.A.!2004Video writer: "C'mon And Swim" - as Sylvester Stewart
Mosca y Smith en el Once2004TV Mini-Series writer: "Everybody Is A Star", "Family Affair"
Criminal2004writer: "Sing a Simple Song" - as Sylvester Stewart
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed2004writer: "Thank You Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Again" - as Sylvester Stewart / writer: "We Wanna Thank You The Things You Do" - as S. Stewart
Trollywood2004Documentary performer: "Uncle Sam Needs You My Friend" / writer: "Uncle Sam Needs You My Friend"
Real Wild Child: Joan Jett Music Video Anthology2003Video writer: "Everyday People"
Austin City Limits2003TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Ed2003TV Series performer - 1 episode
Moonlight Mile2002writer: "I Want to Take You Higher", "Everybody Is a Star" - as Sylvester Stewart
Black Knight2001writer: "DANCE TO THE MUSIC" - as Sylvester Stewart
Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party2001Video short writer: "DANCE TO THE MUSIC" - as Sylvester Stewart
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: Live!2001Video writer: "Everyday People"
MTV Icon: Janet Jackson2001TV Special documentary writer: "Rhythm Nation" - uncredited
A Knight's Tale2001writer: "I Want To Take You Higher" - as Sylvester Stewart
Remember the Titans2000writer: "I Want to Take You Higher"
The '70s2000TV Movie writer: "Family Affair" - uncredited
Grass1999Documentary writer: "I Want to Take You Higher"
Edtv1999writer: "Thank You Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Again", "Thank You Falletin Me Mice Elf Again" - as Sylvester Stewart
Patch Adams1998writer: "Stand" - as Sylvester Stewart
Janet: The Velvet Rope1998TV Movie documentary writer: "Rhythm Nation" - as Sylvester Stewart, uncredited
Living Out Loud1998writer: "Hot Fun in the Summertime" - as Sylvester Stewart
Money Talks1997writer: "If You Want Me To Stay" - as Sylvester Stewart
Fathers' Day1997writer: "I Want to Take You Higher" - as Sylvester Stewart
Mystery Science Theater 30001997TV Series writer - 1 episode
David Blaine: Street Magic1996TV Special documentary writer: "If You Want Me To Stay" - as Sylvester Stewart
The Chart Show1996TV Series writer - 1 episode
Feeling Minnesota1996writer: "Family Affair" - as Sylvester Stewart
First Kid1996writer: "I Want To Take You Higher" - as Sylvester Stewart
ERTV Series producer - 1 episode, 1996 writer - 1 episode, 1996
Muppet Treasure Island1996writer: "I Want to Take You Higher" - as Sylvester Stewart
Dead Presidents1995writer: "If You Want Me To Stay" - as Sylvester Stewart
Crooklyn1994writer: "Everyday People", "Everybody Is A Star" - as Sylvester Stewart
Reality Bites1994as Sylvester Stewart, "Give A Man A Fish"
Madonna: The Girlie Show - Live Down Under1993TV Movie documentary writer: "Everybody Is A Star/Everybody" - as S. Stewart
Made in America1993as Sylvester Stewart, "Stand"
Singles1992writer: "Family Affair" - as Sylvester Stewart
American Me1992writer: "I Want to Take You Higher" - as Sylvester Stewart
My Girl1991writer: "Hot Fun in the Summer Time" - as Sylvester Stewart
Cool as Ice1991writer: "The People's Choice", "Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin" - as Sylvester Stewart
Madonna: Truth or Dare1991Documentary writer: "Family Affair" - as Slyvester Stewart
Queens Logic1991writer: "Thank You Falletin Me Be Mice Elf" - as Sylvester Stewart
Woodstock: The Lost Performances1990Video documentary writer: "Love City" - as Sylvester Stewart
Madonna: Live! Blond Ambition World Tour 90 from Barcelona Olympic Stadium1990TV Movie writer: "Family Affair / Keep It Together"
Pump Up the Volume1990writer: "Stand"
Madonna: Blond Ambition World Tour Live1990TV Movie documentary writer: "Family Affair / Keep It Together"
Madonna: Blond Ambition - Japan Tour 901990Video documentary writer: "Family Affair / Keep It Together"
The Royal Variety Performance 19891989TV Movie writer: "Rhythm Nation" - uncredited
The Great Outdoors1988writer: "Hot Fun in the Summertime" - as Sylvester Stewart
Off Limits1988writer: "Stand!" - as Sylvester Stewart
Dolly1987TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam1987TV Movie documentary writer: "FAMILY AFFAIR"
Made in Heaven1987performer: "If You Want Me To Stay" / producer: "If You Want Me To Stay" / writer: "If You Want Me To Stay" - as Sylvester Stewart
Burglar1987performer: "I'm the Burglar"
Soul Man1986"Eek-Ah-Bo Static Automatic" / performer: "Love and Affection", "Eek-Ah-Bo Static Automatic"
Purple Haze1982writer: "Everyday People"
WKRP in Cincinnati1979-1980TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Can You Hear the Laughter? The Story of Freddie Prinze1979TV Movie writer: "Everybody is a Star"
Top of the Pops1979TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Brady Bunch Variety Hour1977TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rock Concert1973TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Graham Kennedy Show1973TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Soul Train1972TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Young Hitchikers1971writer: "Everyday People" - uncredited
Angels Die Hard1970writer: "I Want to Take You Higher" - as S. Stewart
Woodstock1970Documentary writer: "I Want to Take You Higher"
Hollywood a Go Go1965TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shindig!1964TV Series writer - 1 episode
Transparent2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Walk2015/IIwriter: "I Want To Take You Higher" - as Sylvester Stewart
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guitar Man2015/IDocumentary writer: "Thank You"
Scandal2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tammy2014writer: "If You Want Me To Stay" - as Sylvester Stewart

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Basketball Wife2013TV SeriesSwank Restaurant Owner

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Finding the Funk2013DocumentaryHimself
Unsung2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Inside Edition2011TV Series documentaryHimself
VH1 Rock Docs2010TV SeriesHimself
Woodstock: Now & Then2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Dance to the Music2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
North Sea Jazz Festival2007TV MovieHimself
The 48th Annual Grammy Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
The Skin I'm In2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Woodstock Diary1994TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Sly & The Family Stone)
Woodstock: The Lost Performances1990Video documentaryHimself
Deja View1986VideoHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1983TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1974-1980TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host / Himself - Vocalist / Himself - Rock Star
The Midnight Special1976TV SeriesHimself
Tony Orlando and Dawn1976TV SeriesHimself
The Second Annual Rock Music Awards1976TV SpecialHimself
Soul Train1974TV Series documentaryHimself
Black Music in America: From Then Till Now1971Documentary shortHimself (as Sly & the Family Stone)
The Dick Cavett Show1970TV SeriesThemselves
Woodstock1970DocumentaryHimself - Sly & the Family Stone (uncredited)
Beat-Club1969TV Series

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Standing in the Shadows of Motown2002DocumentaryHimself
Jazz2001TV Mini-Series documentary

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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