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Greg Errico

Greg Errico

Greg Errico

born September 1, 1948
From Betty Davis  “Betty Davis” album. Produced by Greg who also played drums on the album

Greg Errico

Happy birthday Greg Errico. 

Famously the drummer with Sly and the Family Stone, their first single appeared on a local label in 1967, while their debut album, A Whole New Thing, was released nationally on Epic in 1967.

And of course we recognize the band's name from the Woodstock Music and Art Fair as the band that brought 400,000 people to their feet during their 3:30 AM set. 

In 1993, Greg along with the rest of his band mates from the Family became part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

And…

Like many lifetime musicians, Greg Errico's path has lead to many places. And everyone liked his drumming wherever he went. Joe Zawinul of Weather Report said that no one could play the "Boogie Woogie Waltz" like Errico. Sadly, no, but the YouTube piece below may help you understand Zawinul's high praise.

He left Sly and the Family Stone in 1971, but continued to play. One place was on Betty Davis's "Betty Davis" album in 1973. Davis was a precise person to work with. Errico, both drummer and producer on the album recalled that she came up with most of the bass lines and sang them to Larry Graham. 

And more…

Errico has also played with, produced, or composed for:
  • Quicksilver
  • Grateful Dead
  • Rose Stone
  • Scotty Barnhart
  • Pittbull
  • Kidz Bop Kidz
  • Global Noize
  • Weird Al Yankovic
  • David Bowie
  • Pointer Sisters

More Family

In 2006, a new version of the Family Stone, which included original saxophonist Jerry Martini and the trumpet player the now late Cynthia Robinson. The band continues to tour.

Rolling Stone magazine lists Errico in its top 100 drummers.

Current information can be found at his Facebook page.
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Freddie Stone

Freddie Stone

Sly and the Family Stone
Woodstock alum
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
June 5, 1947
Happy birthday and many more
Freddie Stone, “You’ve Got to Love” from his 2001 Everywhere You Are album
Freddie Stone
photo from freddiestone.com
             How that Stone family has added to our musical menu for nearly 50 years!

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

            Frederick Jerome Stewart was born on June 5, 1947 in Vallejo, California and grew up there until he moved to San Francisco in 1965. There he formed Freddie and the Stone Souls,  a top 40 hits band that played in nightclubs, dances and private parties.

            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.
            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.

            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)

Freddie Stone

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

 

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Rose Rosemary Stewart Stone

Rose Rosemary Stewart Stone

Happy birthday
Woodstock alum
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee

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Rosie Stone (bottom left) with Sly and the Family Stone
Rose Rosemary Stewart Stone

Slim pickings…


When most Boomers here the word stone there is one of two things they think of and one of them is Sly and the Family Stone, the band that got 500,000 people to their stomping feet in the middle of the night at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair.


Rose “Rosie” Stone was part of that band.


I gleaned the information here from her Wikipedia entry and a few other varied sources. None are too extensive and 2007 seems to be the closest we can get to the present.


Rose “Rosie” Stone was born on March 21, 1945. She is best known as one of the singers and keyboardists with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, Sly and the Family Stone. Sly and band member Freddie are her brothers.


Rose Rosemary Stewart Stone

Reluctant Member


From a 2007 NPR interview, Rose said, “I was the last one to get in the group. I had been basically in the family band all my life. We started when we were five and six years old. So when I got in the group it was like, you know, it was like pulling teeth, in a way of speaking, because I was just so happy with being out of the musical group. 


Farai Chiideya was the host of that interview and asked whether the band felt that “something magical” was happening at the Woodstock festival?


Rose answered, “Well, we knew something magical was happening. I think after we realized that it was a sea of people in front of us. It was about 5:00 AM when we went on and it was dark, and we were playing, we were playing our best.”


It is always interesting to hear a Woodstock performer’s account of their experience. On tours at the Museum that sits near that famous field, we sometimes refer to inaccurate memories as part of the Woodstock Haze.


In this case, Sly and the Family Stone came on stage around 3:30 AM, not at 5. A minor detail, but one we try to softly point out in the interest of clarity.


Rose also recalls the sun coming up while they were playing. Since the Who came on after Sly and in the Woodstock movie one can clearly see the sky beginning to lighten as they played, the sunrise belongs to them (and Jefferson Airplane).


We all need answers to oft-asked questions and sometimes we do our best to create one that is close enough rather than have no answer at all.


Rose Rosemary Stewart Stone

Post Woodstock


After the band broke up in 1975, Rosie married Sly Stone’s former manager/co-producer, Bubba Banks. She later recorded a solo album on Motown Records, billed as Rose Banks.


Rose worked as a backup singer appearing on recordings by Michael Jackson, Phish, and Ringo.

She was apparently part of the Family Stone in 2003 according to a Billboard article that read in part: Undaunted by the absence not only of Sly but also of his cousin Graham on bass guitar, five of the original members of the group have been in the studio recording some 16 new songs. The new tracks are being written and sung mostly by Sly’s brother Freddie Stone and sister Rosie Stone. Freddie Stone and Errico are producing the album, which does not yet have a label home.


Rose Rosemary Stewart Stone

More

She does have a site, but it is difficult to be sure of how old the information is. In lead sentence of the site she says, “I’m doing my part to make the world a better place.”


Site also talks about her “latest project,” her “Already Motivated” album. She released that album in 2007, so…


Rose Rosemary Stewart Stone

Rose Stone


Today, Rosie Stone is today part of the musical department at her brother Freddie’s church. She returned to her gospel roots in 1983 when she sang on Sandra Crouch’s album We Sing Praises, soloing on the old hymn “Power in the Blood.”


Rose appears at 1:16 in the video below:




In 2011 and 2012, Stone and her daughter Lisa toured with Elton John as members of his vocal backing group. The list of artists she has worked with is a long one (All Music credits)


Rose Rosemary Stewart Stone
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