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Sly and the Family Stone, 'Dance to the Music'

225. Sly and the Family Stone, 'Dance to the Music'

Writer: Sylvester Stewart (Sly Stone)
Jan. '68, Epic
15 weeks; No. 8

Saxman Jerry Martini claims Stone did this song just to satisfy CBS executives' desire for a hit. "He hated it," Martini said. "It was so unhip to us. The beats were glorified Motown beats." But "Dance" fit Stone's vision for the band: "I wanted everyone to get a chance to sweat."

Appears on: Dance to the Music (Sony)


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