Sly & the Family Stone

Everyday People

Composed by Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart

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Sylvester Stewart had experience as a radio DJ on Oakland radio station KSOL and as a producer on hits by Bobby Freeman and the Beau Brummels. In 1966, he started Sly & the Family Stone. The group earned a reputation for exciting live shows before signing with Epic Records. The first chart success danced to the music of a Top Ten R&B/pop hit in early 1968. With the band's diverse look and unique musical fusion it seemed natural that their first million-seller would be "Everyday People." The easygoing track almost seems to have a key nursery rhyme feel to it. Produced and written by Sly Stone, "Everyday People" topped the R&B charts for two weeks and the pop charts for four weeks in early 1969. Its flip side was the explosive "Sing a Simple Song," which charted number 28 R&B and number 89 pop. The Stand! album also included the title track single, "I Want to Take You Higher," and the ten-plus-minute "Sex Machine."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Stand! 1969 Legacy 2:22
Ten Years Too Soon 1979 Epic 5:58
Anthology 1981 Epic / Legacy 2:22
No Image 1986
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
Classic Rock: 1968 1987
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:23
No Image 1989
Various Artists
Rhino 2:22
Rhythm & Blues: 1969 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
No Image 1992 Music on Vinyl
Greatest Hits 1995 Audio Fidelity 2:23
Crooklyn [Original Soundtrack] 1995
Original Soundtrack
Geffen / Universal Music Group 2:20
Comin' Together 1997
Various Artists
Coyote Records 2:23
Tell It Like It Is: #1 60's Soul Hits, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
Relativity 2:19
Classic 60's: Blowin' Your Mind 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time/Life Music 2:23
Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:19
Classic '60s [Time Life] 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:23
The Best of Sly & the Family Stone [Sony Mid-Price] 2000 Phantom Import Distribution / Epic 2:22
Greatest Hits/There's a Riot Goin' On/Fresh 2000 Sony Music Distribution 2:22
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Realm Records 2:21
Soul Hits of the 60's [Sony] 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:21
Dick Clark's #1's: 50's to 70's "When AM Radio Was King" 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:23
The Essential Sly & the Family Stone [Epic/Legacy] 2002 Sony Music Distribution
No Image 2002
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
The Ultimate Soul Collection, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
WEA International 2:21
60's Soul Mix: 50 Classic Tracks to Feed Your Soul 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:18
Higher! [Hear Music] 2005 Hear Music 2:22
Essential Sixties: 1965-1969 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG
Stand!/There's a Riot Goin' On 2006 Sony Music Distribution
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG 2:22
No Image 2007 Sony Music Distribution
100 Hits: Soul 2007
Various Artists
100 Hits 2:22
Absolute 60s Legends 2007
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:22
Karaoke: The Sixties Hits, Vol. 4 2007
Karaoke
Chartbuster Karaoke 2:33
Definitely Maybe 2008
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire / Parlophone 2:21
Peace And Love [Madacy] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 2:21
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:19
The Woodstock Experience 2009
Various Artists
Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 3:15
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Commercial Canada 2:22
A Complete Introduction to Disco 2010
Various Artists
Universal 2:22
Original Album Classics 2010 Epic / Legacy / Sony Legacy 2:22
Essential: Easy Listening 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:21
Pure... America 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:22
Playlist: A Musical Journey Through Black Music 2012
Various Artists
Legacy / Sony Music Entertainment 2:24
'60s Music Revolution 2012
Various Artists
Time / Time/Life Music 2:21
'60s Music Revolution: Let the Sunshine In 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:21
Higher! 2013 Legacy / Sony Music 2:21
Songs from Scandal: Music for Gladiators 2013
Various Artists
Stax / Universal / Universal Music Classics and Jazz 2:23
Just for You 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:20
100 Hits: Funk 2014
Various Artists
100 Hits 2:22
'60s Summer Album 2016
Various Artists
Crimson
The '60s Love Album 2017
Various Artists
Crimson
100 Hits: Soul [2015]
Various Artists
100 Hits
1969: A Time To Remember The Classic Years
Various Artists
Tabak 2:23
Dynamite! The Collection Camden / Sony Music
Feelin' Groovy [Mood]
Various Artists
Mood Media Entertainment 2:22
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Pure... Movies [Sony]
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:20
S.O.U.L. BMG / BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment
No Image
Various Artists
Columbia
Soul of the '60s
Various Artists
Time Life 2:22
Ultimate... America
Various Artists
Legacy
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