In 1968 Sly And The Family Stone had their first charting single with Dance To The Music. The song introduced the band's sound, and it started the growth of a new style that was known as "psychedelic soul". After the band's first album Sly was pressured by producer Clive Davis to produce something more commercial. Sly composed this song after coming up with an idea of how he could mix in pop music to make the sound more commercial. At the time none of the band members liked the song at all, but the song accomplished what it was supposed to. The song ended up being one of the most influential songs of the late 1960's, and Sly And The Family Stone went on to play a big role in developing funk and soul music. They were also the first major American band with an integrated line-up - blacks, whites, men & women - segregation had only just been repealed in 1965.
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