244. Sly and the Family Stone, 'Stand!'
Writer: Sly Stone
Released: April '69, Epic
8 weeks; No. 22
The title song from Stone's classic black-rock LP became a civil rights anthem. But when a test pressing got a muted reaction on San Francisco radio, Stone added the funky coda, played by what his A&R man Stephen Paley called "old-men horn players," since the Family was unavailable. "He wrote out parts for the horn players and even passed out W-4 forms," said Paley. "He was that together."
Appears on: Stand! (Sony)