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."