We all need a little slice of peace and harmony these days and Sly & the Family Stone’s universal celebration of diversity is sending that message home in a new animated video. For this week’s This Is Certified, Sony Music's Hip Hop and R&B catalog division, "My Black Is," series, we are focusing on the history of funk, rock, and rhythm & blues through a band that was pivotal in the creation of this fusion of sound.
Sly & The Family Stone had a global message of progressive optimism, overall happiness, and a sense that the world could come together and live as one. Much of those sentiments can be felt within their 1968 Billboard chart-topping hit, “Everyday People.” The timeless psychedelic track is now paired with an iridescent two and a half minute animated video that still resonates the same upbeat messaging while allowing folks to get their groove on.
Written and produced by Sly Stone, the pop/soul classic is the first single by an major American pop-rock group band to soar to #1 on the Soul Chart and the Billboard Hot 100 in 1969.
Racially integrated with a lineup of male and female musicians, the pioneering crew was ahead of their time from 1966 to 1983 as they opened doors for a radio-friendly sound that always had a sprinkle of stardust magic.
“Now more than ever, the message of this song resonates across the globe,” a message reads at the start of the video.
Get your history lesson on and watch the reimagined modernized “Everyday People” animated video below:
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