Chart Position: 1

  • #19 bestseller for 1970
  • Written and produced by Sly Stone
  • Lead vocals: Sly Stone, Larry Graham, Rose Stone and Freddie Stone
  • This is considered one of the most influential funk songs ever
  • #402 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 500 greatest songs
  • This shared the ‘A’ side of a single with ‘Everybody Is a Star’ (1970)
  • The slap-bass technique by Larry Graham was new at the time
  • The lyrics include a listing of every hit Sly & the Family Stone had at that point in their career
  • Recorded in San Francisco CA
  • Later re-recorded by Sly and the Family Stone as ‘Thank You for Talking to Me Africa’ (1971)
  • Later recorded by Junior mance (1970), Jazz Crusaders (1970), Jackson Five, Widespread Panic, Robert Randolph & Family Band, Dave Matthews Band, Wade Marcus (1971), Gladys Knight & the Pips (1973), Magazine (1980), George Semper (1996), Merl Saunders & Rainforest Band and Marcus Johnson (2010)

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