Billboard #1 Hits: #211: “Everyday People”- Sly and The Family Stone. February 15, 1969. #1 for 4 weeks.
- Single: “Everyday People”- Sly And The Family Stone
- Record Company- Epic
- Genre: Psychedelic Soul
- Written by Sly Stone
- Time: 2:22
- B-side: “Sing A Simple Song”
- Album- Stand!
- Grade: A+
- Peaked at #1 4 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100. #1 single on US Soul Chart. #36 in UK Singles Chart.
Sly and The Family Stone were a ground breaking band- they were the second integrated band in rock after Love. There were also two women in the band. A theme of Sly and The Family Stone’s music-was peace and equality through music and “Everyday People” the bands first #1 hit [they had three number ones} is a perfect example. Over the years it has been covered by a number of artists from Aretha Franklin, Joan Jett, The Supremes and The Four Tops to Pearl Jam. For good or ill the line “Different Strokes for different folks” inspired the title for the 1980’s television show “Different Strokes.”