This episode spotlights the career of a gifted singer, songwriter, studio musician, record producer, radio disc jockey, record company owner, and front man for a for a famed funk and soul band.

When race riots and the Vietnam War separated Americans, his musical messages were all about bringing this country together. He told us to get up and dance, get along with each other, and take pride in ourselves.

As his fame skyrocketed, so did his flamboyance – including a marriage ceremony before a sold-out crowd that paid to attend it at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

We’ll track his trajectory from child prodigy Sylvester Stewart to superstar Sly Stone – along with every hit single by Sly & The Family Stone.

And our resident Rockologist, Ken Deutsch, reports on Sly Stone’s covert career as a studio musician after the breakup of Sly & The Family Stone and why it all had to be kept a secret. 

See the complete hit singles discography of Sly Stewart/Sly & The Family Stone on the "Musicology" page.

Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll