Sly Stone Becomes Famous as Superstar, Then as No-Show

In 1968, Sylvester "Sly" Stone, the one-time San Francisco deejay and producer, shook the rock and soul worlds with his band Sly and the Family Stone's ground-breaking "Dance to the Music" .

...Hits poured from Sly and the Family Stone: "Everyday People," "Stand," "I Want to Take You Higher" and "Hot Fun in the Summertime" all lodged in the nation's consciousness as the multiracial ensemble locked arms with the world.

It lasted nearly four years...before Sly Stone's erratic behavior brought it all down. ...Sly had...terrible notoriety as a no-show shortly into his superstardom.

Most notable...was the riot accompanying his 1970 nonperformance in Chicago. ..Adding insult to insult, in 1974 Stone pulled another no-show in D.C., sparking another near-riot.

Stoned failed to show up for about one third of his shows in 1970. ...He continued to tour and record, but either his music lost its appeal or the audience's interests shifted, and he rode out the '70s in a haze of litigation, drug busts and lack of direction.

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Brian Wilson
Chrissie Hynde
Jerry Lee Lewis
Paul McCartney
Sly Stone