The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, March 15, 2014.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, March 15, 2013.
By United Press International
Sly Stone performing with daughter

Sly Stone performing with daughter

LOS ANGELES, May 26 (UPI) -- Sly Stone's daughter says her dad may not perform in public often or grant many interviews these days, but he is still busily working on his music.
Sly Stone to perform in Minneapolis

Sly Stone to perform in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS, March 25 (UPI) -- Sly Stone reportedly is set to make a rare personal appearance with his famous rock-soul band at an upcoming gig at First Avenue in Minneapolis.

Sly's Family Stone gets boxed in

LOS ANGELES, April 10 (UPI) -- California rock pioneers Sly & the Family Stone are reliving their stellar past with "The Collection," a box set of the group's first seven albums.

New Family Stone band is a 'Family Affair'

NAPA, Calif., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- When Sly Stone chose to reform his Family Stone band, the U.S. singer didn't have to look farther than his own family for new members.

Will Sly & the Family Stone reunite?

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Grammy organizers already announced a tribute to funk/rock pioneers Sly and the Family Stone and now it looks like they're going for the real deal. Friends and associates of the reclusive Sly Stone say he's in talks for a a Sly and the Family Stone reunio
Sly Stone

Sly Stone (born Sylvester Stewart on 15 March 1943, in Denton, Texas) is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer, most famous for his role as frontman for Sly & the Family Stone, a band which played a critical role in the development of soul, funk and psychedelia in the 1960s and 1970s. Sly & the Family Stone was started in San Francisco, California.

Sylvester Stewart was the second of 5 children raised in Vallejo, in the northern San Francisco Bay Area. After the family moved from Denton, Texas to Vallejo, he and his brother Freddie and their sisters Rose and Vaetta formed "The Stewart Four" as children, performing gospel music in the Church of God in Christ and even recording a single in 1952. All of the Stewart children except oldest sister Loretta would later adopt the surname "Stone" and become members of Sly & the Family Stone.

Sylvester learned to play a number of instruments, settling primarily with the guitar, and joined a number of high school bands. One of these was The Viscaynes, a doo-wop group which, excepting Sylvester and his Filipino friend, Frank Arelano, was all-white. The fact that the group was integrated made the Viscaynes "hip" in the eyes of their audiences, and would later inspire Sylvester's idea of a multicultural Family Stone. The Viscaynes released a few local singles, including "Yellow Moon" and "Stop What You Are"; during the same period, Sylvester also recorded a few solo singles under the name "Danny Stewart".

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