Billboard #1 Hits: #264: “Family Affair”- Sly and The Family Stone. December 4, 1971. #1 3 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: “Family Affair”- Sly And The Family Stone
- Record Company-Epic
- Genre: Psychedelic Soul, Funk
- Written by Sly Stone
- Time: 3:06
- B-side:”Luv N’ Haight”
- Album- There’s A Riot Goin’ On
- Grade: A+
- Peaked at #1 3 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #15 in UK Singles Chart. #1 in Canada.
Sly and The Family Stone like Creedence Clearwater Revival had a great run for a handful of years in the late 60’s -early 70’s. They fell apart for different reasons though. “Family Affair” was Sly and The Family Stone’s final Top 10 hit- and it was on their only #1 album- There’s A Riot Goin’ On- my favorite album of theirs. After this album Sly and The Family Stone began a quick slide. Listening to the album Sly sounds fried. While he survived- he’s still living at 77- It doesn’t sound like he’s ever beaten his demons- a drug casualty.
According to Dave Marsh’s book 1001 Greatest Songs, Sly Stone’s manager told Rolling Stone that Family Affair was the story of Sly’s own life, which was being cut up by the factions that surrounded him in his stardom. Chief among those factions, David Kapralik hinted, was Sly’s own family. Sly denied this. He told Rolling Stone, “Song’s not about that. Song’s about a family affair, whether it’s a result of genetic processes or a situation in the environment.” There was a rumor at the time that Stone had written it in response to demands made on him by black nationalist groups, who didn’t approve of his integrationist sensibility