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Sly and the Family Stone, 'Hot Fun in the Summertime'
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250. Sly and the Family Stone, 'Hot Fun in the Summertime'

Writer: Sly Stone
Producer:
Stone
Released:
Aug. '69, Epic
16 weeks; No. 2

Summer was already under way when Stone handed in this heavenly soul ballad to Epic, which was wary of releasing a summer song in August - but it was a smash anyway. The single came out just before the Family Stone performed at Woodstock - they were the first band to sign up for the historic festival. Michael Jackson later bought the rights to the song.

Appears on: Greatest Hits (Epic)

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