500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Sly and the Family Stone, 'Stand!'

244. Sly and the Family Stone, 'Stand!'

Writer: Sly Stone
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)


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