Family tune becomes huge success in 1971 14



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Released in 1971, this song went to the number one spot in the US Billboard Charts and stayed there for over three weeks.

Released under their fifth studio album, this San Francisco-based rock, funk and soul group had their biggest success with this tune.

The song features a honky electric organ, and the vocals are provided by the leading brother and sister singers of the group.

In addition, the beat is provided by a pre-recorded drum track. This made the song the first number one smash to ever feature a programmed rhythm piece.

Do you know the name of this hit single?


Listen to “Family Affair” by Sly and the Family Stone below.


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  1. I have heard it before, & the group that they sang with was Sly & the Family Stones & the song name just could be the Chorus “A Family Affair” but I could be wrong, not sure, but I dooooo remember it, & if you listen to the words it is quite moving (ie one bit says that blood is thicker than mud)

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