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Sly and the Family Stone News





Sly Stone Lives In A Van

September 26th, 2011 8:51am EDT
Sly Stone
The economic downturn has hit veteran singer Sly Stone hard - he's living out of a car.

During the height of his career, the eccentric funk legend owned a sprawling Los Angeles mansion in Beverly Hills, and just four years ago he moved into a Napa Valley "compound," complete with a vineyard.

But now he's suffering with financial problems and Stone is living out of his white van.

He tells the New York Post, "I like my small camper. I just do not want to return to a fixed home. I cannot stand being in one place. I must keep moving."

The 68 year old parks the vehicle in a residential stre...
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Sly Stone Pleads Not Guilty To Cocaine Possession

June 15th, 2011 3:39pm EDT
Sly Stone
Funk legend Sly Stone has pleaded not guilty to cocaine possession.

Stone, real name Sylvester Stewart, was a passenger in a pal's car when police pulled the vehicle over following a minor traffic violation in April. A subsequent search turned up the illegal substance.

The reclusive Sly and the Family Stone frontman was forced to skip a court hearing on Friday due to illness, but he eventually showed up to a Los Angeles County Superior Courtroom on Wednesday to answer the count and claim his innocence.

Stone claims the vehicle was not his. The musician faces jail time if convicted, ac...
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Sly Stone Skips Court Date Due To Heart Problems

June 10th, 2011 2:33pm EDT
Sly Stone
Funk legend Sly Stone was forced to skip a court hearing on Friday after he was hospitalized with heart problems.

The reclusive Sly and the Family Stone frontman is facing a charge of cocaine possession stemming from an arrest in April. Stone was a passenger in a pal's car when police pulled them over for a minor traffic violation. A subsequent search of the vehicle turned up the illegal substance.

The veteran singer, real name Sylvester Stewart, was due to appear before a Los Angeles judge to answer the count on Friday morning, but his lawyer James Silverstein turned up without Stone a...
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Hot! Hot! Hot! Your 2010 Summer Playlist

May 21st, 2010 9:00am EDT
Lady Gaga Pink
Is your iPod ready for summer? If not, here are 20 of some of the best songs, both old and new school, to help you enjoy these upcoming hot days and warm nights.

“Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince: For all of you born after 1995, Will Smith, at one time, had a successful hip-hop career with his BFF DJ Jazzy Jeff. This is one of their most popular and successful songs, garnering a Grammy in 1991.

“Cruel Summer” by Bananarama: Technically, no summer should be cruel. Or without a loved one. Or without this song.

“Alejandro” by Lady Gaga: The name “Alejandro” remin...
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Five Classic 1969 Albums By Woodstock Headliners Out June 30

June 25th, 2009 7:30am EDT
The Woodstock Experience cds Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Johnny
The spirit of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair of 1969 resonates 40 summers later, as if it were just yesterday. In 1969, five acts recorded albums for the Columbia, Epic, and RCA labels (divisions of Sony Music Entertainment) and brought their music to Max Yasgur's farm that summer. For the first time, "The Woodstock Experience" couples those albums with music from the festival, providing a pocket portrait of what each artist and band was experiencing during 1969. Available at all physical and digital retail outlets starting June 30th - in newly-designed eco-friendly 2CD packages (see deta...
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New John Legend Album, 'Live From Philadelphia,' Exclusively At Target Jan. 15

January 15th, 2008 2:00pm EST
John Legend
Live From Philadelphia -- the new concert album from multi-platinum Grammy-winning recording artist John Legend -- will be available as an individual CD and in a CD/DVD combination package exclusively at Target and Target.com on Tuesday, January 15.

The artist's first new album since his 2006's #1 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album chart-topping platinum release Once Again, Live From Philadelphia captures the on-stage artistry, magic and chemistry which electrified audiences lucky enough to catch a concert on John's critically-acclaimed SRO 2007 world concert series, "The Show Me Tour."

John L...
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Guitar Center To Crown Drum-Off Grand Champion On Jan. 5; Win A Drum Package

November 16th, 2007 8:00pm EST
To Contest
Guitar Center is excited to announce the Drum-Off Grand Finals will take place on January 5, 2008 at the Music Box @ Fonda in Hollywood, CA. Now in it's 19th year, Drum-Off continues to bring together thousands of the nation's top undiscovered drummers for the chance to compete for incredible prizes, national recognition and the bragging rights of being crowned Drum-Off Champion.

This incredible night, hosted by Stephen Perkins of Jane's Addiction, will feature performances by the four Drum-Off finalists as well as Angels & Airwaves, "Go Get A Late Pass!!!" featuring ?uestlove of The R...
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Sly & The Family Stone's Greatest Hits Gathers All 10 Sides That Made Pop And R&B Charts From 1968-70

September 11th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Sly & The Family Stone
The final entry in the 40th anniversary restoration campaign of the great album discography of the first golden decade of Sly & The Family Stone - which kicked off with the spring release of the expanded editions of their seven original studio albums on Epic Records (1967-1974) - now comes full circle as Greatest Hits arrives in stores Aug 28th on Epic/Legacy, a division of Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

Sly & The Family Stone - the first hitmaking interracial, mixed-gender rock and soul band - recorded and released their first album 40 years ago in 1967, A Whole New Thing. It introduc...
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Rhino To Release 4-CD Box Set To Celebrate 40th Anniversary Of 'The Summer Of Love'

August 7th, 2007 8:30pm EDT
Love Is The Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970
*NOTE*: Starpulse has been informed that the release date of this box-set has been pushed back to September 18 due to complications at the factory producing it.

LOS ANGELES -- Forty years ago the world turned its ears toward San Francisco as a wave of talented bands gave birth to the American counterculture. On August 28, Rhino remembers that magical confluence of time and place with Love Is The Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970, a 4-CD box set of classics and rarities from the golden age of Golden State rock.

San Francisco Nuggets is the last word on one of popular m...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 5

June 5th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Pete Wentz
Happy Birthday to Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (1979), "Four Brothers" star Mark Wahlberg (1971), "Office Space" star Ron Livingston (1968), smooth jazz legend Kenny G (1956), Psychedelic Furs singer Richard Butler (1956), Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain (1954), Sly and The Family Stone guitarist Freddie Stewart (1946), and British actor Tony Richardson (1928; d. 1991).
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Tesla Says "Thank You" To Their Rock & Roll Heroes With The Release Of 'Real To Reel'; Summer Tour

May 2nd, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Tesla
Tesla--Jeff Keith (vocals), Frank Hannon (guitars), Brian Wheat (bass), Troy Luccketta (drums) and Dave Rude (guitar)-has always been revered as a bluesy, no-frills, '70s-style hard rock band, concentrating on solid musicianship more than the trends of modern music. Now, after selling over 16 million albums worldwide since bursting onto the scene in 1986, they're paying homage to their hard rock heroes on their sixth studio album, Real To Reel, due out June 5 on their own independent label, Tesla Electric Company Recordings (in partnership with Ryko Distribution).

The first single, Le...
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Soulive To Release New Album On Stax Records

April 12th, 2007 3:21pm EDT
Soulive
Further establishing their status as one of the preeminent soul/funk groups in music today, Soulive joins the famed Memphis soul label, Stax Records. The band’s Stax debut, No Place Like Soul, is set for release July 31. The album marks the inaugural release by one of the label’s trio of newly signed artists, which also includes Angie Stone and Isaac Hayes.

With the new addition of Toussaint, a vocalist who has spent the past several years touring with his reggae outfit The China Band, No Place Like Soul is the first Soulive album with a full-time vocalist and is the first that the ban...
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Miguel Migs Releases 'Those Things'

March 23rd, 2007 10:00pm EDT
Miguel Migs
Five things you don't know about Miguel Migs:

1) He's one of the most popular Electronic DJ's on the Globe.

2) His 1st Artist album -- Those Things -- features Miguel as songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, percussion and keyboards).

3) Those Things features guests such as Sadat X from Brand Nubian, Fred Ross from Sly and the Family Stone and Black Uhuru's Junior Reid.

4) Miguel has remixed Macy Gray, Lionel Richie and Britney Spears.

5) His music has been featured on Six Feet Under, Sex And The City and MTV's The Real World.

Miguel Migs stands a...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 15

March 15th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Eva Longoria
Happy Birthday to G-Unit rapper Young Buck (1981), "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria (1975), Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath (1968), Poison singer Bret Michaels (1963), singer Terence Trent D'Arby (1962), Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider (1955), American guitarist Ry Cooder (1947), funk pioneer Sly Stone (1943), Beach Boy Mike Love (1941), Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh (1940), "Taxi" star Judd Hirsch (1935), "Reservoir Dogs" actor Lawrence Tierney (1919; d. 2002), blues legend Samuel "Lightnin'" Hopkins (1912; d. 1982), and 7th President of the United States Andrew Jackson (1767; d. ...
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Epic To Release Sly & The Family Stone's Original Studio Albums In Limited Quantities April 10

March 7th, 2007 12:50pm EST
Sly and The Family Stone
The tumultuous hitmaking career of Sly and The Family Stone continues to reverberate in every single genre of contemporary music - from pop and R&B to hip-hop and jazz - more than three decades after the group's last appearance on the Top 40 charts.

The groundbreaking saga of Sly & The Family Stone was played out over the course of their seven original studio albums on Epic Records, recorded and released between 1967 and 1974: A Whole New Thing (1967), Dance To The Music (1968), Life (1968), Stand! (1969), There's A Riot Goin' On (1971), Fresh (1973), and Small Talk (1974). Those al...
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Dixie Chicks Win Most Grammy Awards; Full Winners List

February 12th, 2007 10:37am EST
Dixie Chicks
The Dixie Chicks were the big winners at the Grammy Awards, scooping five awards. The country band fought off stiff competition from the likes of Justin Timberlake, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Mary J. Blige to win the prizes for album, song and record of the year as well as best country album and best group country performance. Full Winners List Below!

Lead singer, Natalie Maines, said: "I, for the first time in my life, am speechless."

Mary J. Blige, who received eight nominations cried as she accepted her award for best R'n'B album for Breakthrough. She said: "This is the fir...
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SlapBak Brings The Funk Back For The New Millennium

September 25th, 2006 4:14pm EDT
Slapbak
Slapbak is the brazenly category-defying love child of singer/songwriter Jara Harris, who also happens to play drums, bass, guitar and keyboards extremely well. He’s a Mission Viejo native who has painstakingly nurtured his rainbow-shaded band through the sunniest of times to the pitch-black bleakest. This racially and sexually mixed sextet of funk-rockin’ show-stoppers has morphed through several permutations of membership to arrive - in 2006 - with both the master plan and the master band. The result is Slapbak's latest album, The Key: 16 tracks of cranium crushing grooves twisted up fro...
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Robert Randolph and the Family Band's "Colorblind" Hits Stores Sept. 25; Listen To "The Thrill Of It"

September 6th, 2006 1:22pm EDT
Robert Randolph
"We wanted to take our time and find ourselves," says Robert Randolph. "Find out what was really inside of me and the band and bring that out. Really try to come up with the best songs, dig deep within, and let all of the experiences that we have had in the last three years come out in the music."

With Colorblind, Randolph and the Family Band have taken the difficult leap from being great performing artists to being great recording artists. Since emerging from a House of God church in Orange, New Jersey steeped in the "sacred steel" tradition, Randolph's astonishing pedal steel playing...
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The Roots Return With 'Game Theory' In August

June 14th, 2006 4:46pm EDT
The Roots
The Roots, known for their innovative album concepts, return after a two year break to release their new album, 'Game Theory' filled with 14 hard hitting tracks that express their views on the state of the world. 'Game Theory,' due August 29, is The Roots' most thought-provoking, incitive album since their 1999 breakthrough 'Things Fall Apart' and will be the group's debut for Def Jam Recordings, home to the world's premiere Hip-Hop artists.

"There was too much going on that we couldn't just sit back and not speak on it," says lyricist Black Thought. Drummer ?uestlove describes the alb...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 5

June 5th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Kenny G
Happy Birthday to Fall Out Boy singer Pete Wentz (1979), "Four Brothers" star Mark Wahlberg (1971), "Office Space" star Ron Livingston (1968), smooth jazz legend Kenny G (1956), Psychedelic Furs singer Richard Butler (1956), Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain (1954), Sly and The Family Stone guitarist Freddie Stewart (1946), and British actor Tony Richardson (1928; d. 1991).
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 15

March 15th, 2006 3:00am EST
Eva Longoria
Happy Birthday to G-Unit rapper Young Buck (1981), "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria (1975), Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath (1968), Poison singer Bret Michaels (1963), singer Terence Trent D'Arby (1962), Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider (1955), American guitarist Ry Cooder (1947), funk pioneer Sly Stone (1943), Beach Boy Mike Love (1941), Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh (1940), "Taxi" star Judd Hirsch (1935), "Reservoir Dogs" actor Lawrence Tierney (1919; d. 2002), blues legend Samuel "Lightnin'" Hopkins (1912; d. 1982), and 7th President of the United States Andrew Jackson (1767; d. ...
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Grammy Awards Highlights & Memorable Quotes

February 9th, 2006 11:13am EST
Jay-Z collaborates with Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney brought the house down at the Grammy Awards last night when he bridged the generation gap by performing Beatles anthem “Yesterday” with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington and Jay-Z. Wearing a T-shirt featuring John Lennon, Jay-Z rapped over the tune as Benington and McCartney sang. The rap mogul ended the surprise collaboration by stating, "Sounds so beautiful, don't you agree."

Gorillaz made Grammy Awards history when they became the first animated group to open the prizegiving. The quirky group kicked off music's big night with their hit "Feel Good Inc.," and as the ...
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Ciara & Kelly Clarkson Added To Grammy Performers; More Presenters

February 2nd, 2006 11:09am EST
Ciara
Ciara and Kelly Clarkson have been added to the lineup of performers for the previously announced tribute to Sly And The Family Stone at the Grammys. Newly announced Grammy presenters include Destiny's Child, Teri Hatcher, Jenna Elfman, Chris Brown and James Taylor. Hosting the Grammy Pre-Telecast ceremony are revered rock guitarist Steve Vai and TV personality Giselle Fernandez; presenters for the Pre-Telecast include nominees Jars Of Clay, Shirley Caesar, Nnenna Freelon, Delbert McClinton; and K-Mozart radio personality and conductor/composer John Santana.

Kelly Clarkson is vying for...
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Grammy Tribute To Honor Sly And The Family Stone

January 26th, 2006 12:42pm EST
Sly & The Family Stone
In a special tribute to legendary funk band Sly And The Family Stone, an all-star cast of artists are set to come together on one stage for a not-to-be-missed performance on the 48th Annual Grammy Awards. The salute to the band's unforgettable music includes Grammy-nominated artists Maroon 5, Will.I.Am of The Black Eyed Peas and John Legend; Grammy winners Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith; soul sweetheart Joss Stone; rocker Robert Randolph; and singer Devin Lima.

A music icon of the '60s and '70s, Stone is responsible for some of the most engaging anthems ("I Want To Take You Hi...
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