Very few people can dispute that music was a major influence in defining the 1960s. Whether it was rhythm and blues, jazz, rock, country, or gospel, melodic and even off-key vocals and instrumentals told stories of the changing landscape of America.
One of the groups that defined the era was Sly and the Family Stone. Now make no mistake about it, theirs was not the sound of young America as typified by Berry Gordy’s Motown Records, nor was it anywhere as legendary as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and it did not reach legacies left by the many outstanding musicians of the era. But Sly and his family ushered in a different visual of music, having black and white artists along with females leading songs instead of being regulated to mere back-up status, as was customary with a few exceptions during the ’60s. This was revolutionary.
Though the influence of Sly and the Family Stone lasted for less than a decade, they remain iconic for stepping unto an entertainment platform—rock music—that left little room for newcomers of ebony hue. They cannot be ignored, because they cemented the paths now walked on by today’s ultra talented artisans.
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