Sly and the Family Stone: 20 Essential Songs

The best from the generation-defining funk-soul-rock legends

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"I Ain't Got Nobody" (1967)

Using proceeds earned from Autumn, Stone set himself and his family up in Daly City, just outside of San Francisco. This is where the Family Stone band began to cohere in the mid 1960s and their first official release came on this single for the local Loadstone label. With its snappy, uptempo backbeat and layered vocal harmonies, the song now sounds like a prescient first draft for a style that would take full form on the group's later hits. "I Ain't Got Nobody" only made noise locally but it helped put the group on the radar of Epic Records who signed Sly and the Family Stone that same year.

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