Stand and wish a Happy Birthday to funk legend Sly Stone!
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The Recording Academy announced its 2017 Special Merit Awards recipients. The Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone, and the Velvet Underground. Thom Bell, Mo Ostin and Ralph Peer are Trustees Award honorees; Alan Dower Blumlein is the Technical GRAMMY Award recipient.
The Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates performers who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording.
Additionally, The Recording Academy and Hal Leonard Books will release in early January A GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends, a hardcover book that collects two decades of artist-written tributes to The Academy’s annual Special Merit Awards honorees. The tributes were originally commissioned for the annual GRAMMY Awards program book and never published widely until now.
Read more at GRAMMY.org.
25 Recordings Added To The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame® Residing at the GRAMMY Museum® At L.A. LIVE
Sly & The Family Stone’s “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” has been selected by The Recording Academy® as one of 25 recordings to be inducted into the 2017 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®.
This year’s collection acknowledges a diverse range of both singles and album recordings at least 25 years old that exhibit qualitative or historical significance. Each year recordings are reviewed by a special member committee comprised of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees. With 25 new titles, the Hall, now in its 44th year, currently totals 1,038 recordings.
2017 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Inductees
(Songwriters of singles in parentheses)
The Jackson 5
(Berry Gordy, Alphonzo Mizell, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards, songwriters)
(David Bowie, songwriter)
RCA Victor (1972)
“THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS”
(Steve Goodman, songwriter)
“(HEP-HEP!) THE JUMPIN’ JIVE”
Cab Calloway And His Orchestra
(Cab Calloway, Frank Froeba, Jack Palmer, songwriters)
“I CAN’T MAKE YOU LOVE ME”
(Mike Reid, Allen Shamblin, songwriters)
“I GET AROUND”
The Beach Boys
(Mike Love, Brian Wilson, songwriters)
“I GOT YOU BABE”
Sonny & Cher
(Sonny Bono, songwriter)
(Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, songwriters)
RCA Victor (1957)
LADY SINGS THE BLUES
“LOSING MY RELIGION”
(Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe, songwriters)
Warner Bros. (1991)
(Martin Quittenton, Rod Stewart, songwriters)
(Lalo Schifrin, songwriter)
OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE
SIGN “O” THE TIMES
Paisley Park/Warner Bros. (1987)
“SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT”
(Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic , songwriters)
“SMOKE ON THE WATER”
(Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Ian Paice, songwriters)
Warner Bros. (1973)
“STACK O’LEE BLUES”
Mississippi John Hurt
Blind Willie McTell
(Willie McTell, songwriter)
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
“THANK YOU (FALETTINME BE MICE ELF AGIN)”
Sly & The Family Stone
(Sly Stone, songwriter)
“WAKE UP LITTLE SUSIE”
The Everly Brothers
(Boudleaux Bryant, Felice Bryant, songwriters)
(Ernie Maresca, songwriter)
“WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN”
Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra
“YOU ALWAYS HURT THE ONE YOU LOVE”
(Doris Fisher, Allan Roberts, songwriters)
“YOU DON’T OWN ME”
(John Madara, David White, songwriters)
Sly & The Family Stone led the pack of Black artists in the 60s shaping their own musical sound and destiny. Tune in to Soundbreaking on PBS tonight at 10/9c for this incredible story and more. Check your local listings here.
Pitchfork has shared its list of what it considers the 200 Best Songs of the 1970s, with Sly & The Family Stone’s “Family Affair,” from the album There’s A Riot Goin’ On, at #55. Pitchfork writes:
Sly composed most of Riot on his own, including “Family Affair,” a stripped-down track with a drum machine and light electric keys. Vocally, Sly opts for a grumbling, conversational cadence that adds a certain intimacy. The result is a song that feels like a personal conversation about life’s ups and downs.
Read more at Pitchfork.
Life is too complex to cover with one song. There’s too much strife, too much anger, too many complex questions and issues. But sometimes some songs fit situations so perfectly.
Sly & The Family Stone have many great songs and albums. … Consider the setting for the early several albums. From 1967 to 1973, you had the rise and fall of flower power, the increasing anger over Vietnam, racial and religious conflicts were skyrocketing, and the political scene was polarizing and chaotic. Does any of that situation sound relevant to today?
Please understand that I’m not suggesting that any song, any music group, any particular album will be the balm to cure any societal ailment. But Sly & The Family Stone’s “Everyday People” is such a great song. And it seems to apply as much now as it did in 1968.
Read more at the St. Cloud Times.
Just in time for Sly’s birthday, Rolling Stone has compiled a list of what it considers to be 20 essential songs by Sly & The Family Stone. Do you agree? Read the full list.
Funkadelic and Boston production duo Soul Clap enjoy a casual Corvette cruise and confront the horrors of unmitigated oil consumption in the surreal live-action/claymation clip for “In Da Kar.”
Recorded during the pair’s 2013 sessions — and featuring a rare appearance from Sly Stone on keys — “In Da Kar” boasts a slick, smooth, understated groove while George Clinton’s voice crackly voice roughens up the edges. It’s an undeniable driving song, and the video fittingly opens with the Soul Clap guys, decked out in flamboyant Seventies-style outfits, pulling up to a gas station in slow motion to refill the tank of their black Corvette.
Read more at Rolling Stone.
Sly & The Family Stone’s “Everyday People” was covered on the inaugural episode of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” by Mavis Staples and the show’s house band. Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, members of Beirut, Buddy Guy, Ben Folds, Aloe Blacc, Derek Trucks, and others were alongside Staples during the cover performance.
Read more and check out the video at Pitchfork.
“Oh my god, it’s Sly!”
That’s what one audience member exclaimed Sunday, Aug. 23 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank when music icon Sly Stone made an ultra-rare appearance on a concert stage, with no less than the Family Stone, which features several original members of Sly & The Family Stone.
Stone popped up on stage to play keyboards on the band’s hit, “If You Want Me to Stay.”
“It was quite a surprise, a pleasant surprise and it was cool,” said Family Stone member Greg Errico after the show. “I couldn’t see people’s faces in the audience but everybody told me there was a lot of crying going on — it was emotional.”
Read more at the Asbury Park Press.
Photo credit: Count Basie Theatre
The White House joined Spotify today, creating daytime and evening playlists featuring some of President Obama’s favorite summer songs. On the daytime playlist — Sly & The Family Stone’s “Hot Fun in the Summertime.” Enjoy the full “Day” playlist, featuring Sly & The Family Stone, below!
The President’s Summer Playlist: Day
- Ain’t Too Proud to Beg – The Temptations
- Live It Up – Isley Brothers
- Memories Live – Talib Kweli & Hi Tek
- Tombstone Blues – Bob Dylan
- So Much Trouble in the World – Bob Marley
- Paradise – Coldplay
- Tengo Un Trato (Remix) – Mala Rodriguez
- Wang Dang Doodle – Howlin Wolf
- Another Star – Stevie Wonder
- Hot Fun in the Summertime – Sly & the Family Stone
- Boozophilia – Low Cut Connie
- Wherever Is Your Heart – Brandi Carlile
- Good Day – Nappy Roots
- Green Light – John Legend
- Gimme Shelter – Rolling Stones
- Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin
- Down Down the Deep River – Okkervil River
- Pusher Love Girl – Justin Timberlake
- Shake It Out – Florence + The Machine
- La Salsa La Traigo Yo – Sonora Carruseles