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Dance to the Music
Duran duran dance to the music
single by Sly & the Family Stone
Released January 1968
Format 7" single
Genre Psychedelic soul
Length 3:00 minutes
Label Epic Records
Producer Sly Stone
cover song

"Dance to the Music" is a 1968 hit single by the soul/funk/rock band Sly & the Family Stone, released by the Epic/CBS Records label and covered by Duran Duran in concert.

About the songEdit

The song was the first single by Sly & the Family Stone to reach the Billboard Pop Singles Top 10, peaking at no.8 and the first to popularize the band's sound. The track would be emulated throughout the black music industry and dubbed "psychedelic soul", and was later ranked no.223 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Notably, none of the band members particularly liked "Dance to the Music" when it was first recorded and released, but the song launched Sly & the Family Stone into the pop consciousness. In 1998 the song was admitted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Duran Duran covered the song as part of a live medley with "Hold Me" in 1987, and a recording is available on the Live at the Beacon Theatre album. The band would later cover "I Wanna Take You Higher" during The Astronaut Tour, another song by Sly & the Family Stone.

Other appearancesEdit

Albums:Edit

PersonnelEdit

Sly & the Family Stone are:

  • Lead and background vocals by Sly Stone, Freddie Stone, and Larry Graham
  • Ad-libs by Cynthia Robinson
  • Organ by Sly Stone
  • Guitar by Freddie Stone
  • Bass by Larry Graham
  • Drums by Greg Errico
  • Horns by Jerry Martini (tenor saxophone and clarinet) and Cynthia Robinson (trumpet)
  • Written and produced by Sly Stone
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