Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Cynthia Robinson, Sly and the Family Stone Legendary Horn Player, Dies at 69

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It’s hard to believe that Sly Stone has outlived Cynthia Robinson. But he has, she was 69 and had cancer. She was the amazing and legendary trumpet player on Sly and the Family Stone’s great number of hits from “Dance to the Music” to “Family Affair.” She appeared with him during his crazy attempts at putting on a show in the last few years at BB King’s in New York, and was great as ever. What a shame.

On Instagram, Questlove from the Roots has written this:
All The Squares Go Home. Goodbye to Cynthia Robinson. Music’s original “hypeman” 20 years before Public Enemy pioneered the “Vice President” position. But she wasn’t just a screaming cheerleading foil to Sly & Freddie’s gospel vocals. She was a KICK ASS trumpet player. A crucial intricate part of Sly Stone’s utopian vision of MLK’s America: Sly & The Family Stone were brothers & cousins. friends & enemies. black & white. male & female. saint & sinner. common man & superheroes. guarded & vulnerable. poets & punks. hip & square. She was so cool to us the day we opened up for #SlyAndTheFamilyStone she never ever lost a step or a beat. ….

go to 3:18

and this interview:

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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