On this day in music history: November 8, 1975 – “High On You”, the first solo album by Sly Stone is released. Produced by Sly Stone, it is recorded at Columbia Recording Studios in San Francisco, CA and The Record Plant in Sausalito, CA from Late 1974 – Late 1975. The first solo release for the leader of the legendary R&B/Funk band comes following the implosion of Sly & Family Stone following a disastrous gig at Radio City Music Hall in January of 1975. The other members of the band depart (except trumpeter Cynthia Robinson) though Jerry Martini, Freddie Stone and Rusty Allen appears on a few tracks. Allen’s replacement is a teen aged Latino bass player from San Francisco named Bobby Vega that Stone discovers. With the band owing CBS Records one more studio album on their contract, Stone completes the album mostly on his own with Vega and session musicians. The lead single “I Get High On You” (#3 R&B, #52 Pop) is the only major single from the album, with the follow ups charting poorly. The album track “Crossword Puzzle” is later sampled by De La Soul on their song “Say No Go” in 1989. CBS also releases a version of the album remixed in quadraphonic stereo. “High On You” peaks at number eleven on the Billboard R&B album chart, and number forty five on the Top 200.
On this day in music history: June 5, 1974 – Musician Sly Stone marries his girlfriend, model and actress Kathy Silva at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Having met more than a year before, Silva and Stone have a son named Sylvester Bubb Ali Stewart, Jr. in August of 1973. The couple and their baby son are featured on the cover of the next Sly & The Family Stone album “Small Talk” released in July of 1974. Walking down the aisle to his number one single “Family Affair” and officiated by Stone’s uncle, the couple tie the knot in front of a crowd of over 21,000 fans before a Sly & The Family Stone concert. A huge celebrity filled reception is held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel after the concert, though the marriage itself is short lived. Silva files for divorce less than five months after the ceremony in October of 1974. She cites “irreconcilable differences” with Stone due to his erratic drug fueled behavior (having abducted their son), as well as discovering that the musician had fathered a daughter with Family Stone trumpeter Cynthia Robinson a few years before.
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