Sly Stone, a singer/songwriter, producer and instrumentalist formed Sly and the Family Stone in San Francisco. Between '66 and '83, they were pioneers in soul, funk and psychedelic, using actual family members for the multi-gender band. They reached five Billboard hits in the top ten.
Although they only released four albums, they are considered to be of great importance to the genre, and the band was inducted into the '93 Hall of Fame. With ego problems and drug use, the band fell apart in '75. With a new group, Sly recorded between '75 to '83, when he was arrested for cocaine possession. In '92, the family appeared on a compilation album, "Red Hot + Dance" for AIDS charities.