Every Day People

November 30th Celebrates Every Day People

Today on “Days to Remember,” we celebrate how on November 30th 1968, the musical group called “Sly and The Family Stone,” released their song called “Everyday People,” to the public.

The song is one of Sly Stone’s pleas for peace and equality between differing races and social groups, a major theme and focus for the band.

The Family Stone featured Caucasians Greg Errico and Jerry Martini in its lineup, as well as females Rose Stone and Cynthia Robinson; making it the first major integrated band in rock history. Sly & the Family Stone’s message were about peace and equality through music, and this song reflects the same.

Unlike the band’s more typically funky and psychedelic records, “Everyday People” is a mid-tempo number with a more mainstream pop feel. Sly, singing the main verses for the song, explains that he is “no better / and neither are you / we are the same / whatever we do.”

Today’s YouTube video brought to you by user name (Golden Great Oldies 24 ), is the infamous song called, “Every Day People,” on November 30th 1968, the musical group called “Sly and The Family Stone,” released their song to the public.

Sly’s sister Rose Stone sings bridging sections that mock the futility of people hating each other for being tall, short, fat, skinny, white, black, or anything else. The bridges of the song contain the line “different strokes for different folks,” which became a popular catchphrase in 1969 (and inspired the name of the later television series, Different Strokes).

During the chorus, all of the singing members of the band (Sly, Rosie, Larry Graham, and Sly’s brother Freddie Stone) proclaim that “I am everyday people,” meaning that each of them (and each listener as well) should consider himself or herself as parts of one whole, not of smaller, specialized factions.

“Everyday People” was included on the band’s classic album Stand! (1969), which sold over three million copies it was one of the most covered songs in the band’s repertoire, with versions by The Winstons, Aretha Franklin, The Staple Singers, William Bell, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Supremes & The Four Tops, Peggy Lee, Belle & Sebastian, Pearl Jam, and Nicole C. Mullen, Ta Mara and the Seen among many others.

“Everyday People” is prominently featured in the opening sequence of the 2008 romantic comedy film Definitely, Maybe. The lead character, Will Hayes (played by Ryan Reynolds), calls it his “perfect song” for that particular day. It can also be heard in the film Purple Haze.

As we celebrate how on November 30th 1968, the musical group called “Sly and The Family Stone,” released their song called “Everyday People,” to the public.

I like to point one thing knowing how we are all equal to each other.

Just remember racism is garbage. Don’t recycle it, know to throw it out so we can all live in peace!

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell
jdmitchelldesigns@gmail.com

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