Freddie Jerome Stewart Stone

Freddie Jerome Stewart Stone

Freddie Jerome Stewart Stone

From his Facebook page in 2012…”For Trayvon Martin”
Sly and the Family Stone
Woodstock alum
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
born June 5, 1947
Happy birthday and many more
Freddie Stone, “You’ve Got to Love” from his 2001 Everywhere You Are album
Freddie Jerome Stewart Stone
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Freddie Jerome Stewart Stone

A true family affair

How that Stone family has added to our musical menu for nearly 50 years!

Today we celebrate Freddie Stone’s birthday. Many more Freddie.

Freddie and the Stone Souls

Frederick Jerome Stewart was born on June 5, 1947 in Vallejo, California and grew up there until he moved to San Francisco in 1965.

According to his web site’s bio, “Freddie studied music theory and composition, and acquired skills on many of the wind and string instruments.”

He later formed Freddie and the Stone Souls,  a top 40 hits band that played in nightclubs, dances and private parties.

Freddie Jerome Stewart Stone

Sly and the Family Stone

In 1967, Freddie and his older brother, Sly , decided to join their bands and Sly & The Family Stone was born.  The original members were sister Rosie Stone,  Cynthia Robinson, Gregg Errico,  Jerry Martini, and Larry Graham. They were Rock’s first integrated, multi-gender band.

Freddie Jerome Stewart Stone


The band had limited early success, but “Everyday People” put them on the map. Their rousing performance at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair put them on the triple album, in the movie, and onto continued success until Rock’s potholes dented this magnificent musical machine. 

Getting out      

By the mid-70s those disruptions had begun to slice the band apart. At at point, according to Freddie, “…I was on stage and realized that I don’t wanna do this anymore. Reality seemed to slip in. I was playing a song and I realized all of a sudden, how out of key everybody was and it seemed like nobody could tell it. People in the audience were holding up weed asking us if we wanted some more weed. We were all loaded and when I came down, I realized that we were all playing off key and when that happened I just said I’m done, I’m through.” (Interview link)

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Pastor Freddie

In 1994, Freddie Stone became Pastor Frederick Stewart at Evangelist Temple Fellowship Center in his hometown of Vallejo, Ca.

Following the death of sister and band mate Cynthia Robinson, Freddie was part of a celebration concert.

And here’s a video of him with Sheila E…

Freddie Jerome Stewart Stone


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