Chart Position: 1

  • #138 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 500 greatest songs
  • Written and produced by Sly Stone
  • Vocals: Sly Stone and Rose Stone
  • Keyboards: Billy Preston
  • Guitar: Bobby Womack
  • This is Sly and the Family Stone’s biggest hit single
  • This is the first #1 single to include a programmed drum track
  • Sly Stone had to be convinced by his management to release this as a single
  • Later recorded by Alan Caddy Singers (1972), Kings Road (1972), Soulmates (1973), Herbie Mann (1973), Gentle Rain (1973), MFSB (1973), Gwen Guthrie (1983), David Ruffin & Eddie Kendricks (1987), Friction Groove (1985), Chuck Brown & Soul Searchers (1988),  Calloway (1992), Iggy Pop (1995), Steve Winwood (1997), Shabba Ranks (1993),  George Howard (1988), Ridin’ Thumb (2000), Brothers Johnson (2004), Sly and the Family Stone w/John Legend and Joss Stone & Van Hunt (2006), Stefania Rava (2010), 8 Bit Arcade (2020) and many others

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  1. One of my all time favorites!!!

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