Joseph Arrington Jr. better known as Joe Tex, was an American singer and musician who gained success in the 1960s and 1970s with his brand of Southern soul, which mixed the styles of funk, country and rhythm and blues. His career started after he was signed to King Records in 1955 following four wins at the Apollo Theater. Between 1955 and 1964, he struggled to find hits, by the time he recorded his first hit, "Hold What You've Got" in 1964, he had recorded 30 previous singles that were deemed failures on the charts, he went on to have four million-selling hits, "Hold What You've Got", "Skinny Legs and All", "I Gotcha", "Ain't Gonna Bump No More". Joe Tex was nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame six times, most in 2017. Joe Tex was born Joseph Arrington, Jr. in Rogers, Texas, in Bell County to Joseph Arrington and Cherie Sue Arrington. He and his sister Mary Sue were raised by their grandmother, Mary Richardson. After their parents divorced, Cheri Arrington moved to Baytown. Tex sang in a local Pentecostal church choir.
He entered several talent shows, after an important win in Houston, he won $300 and a trip to New York City. Joe Tex took part in the amateur portion of the Apollo Theater, winning first place four times, which led to his discovery by Henry Glover, who offered him a contract with King Records, his mother's wish was that he graduate from high school first, Glover agreed to wait a year before signing him at age 19. Tex recorded for King Records between 1957 with little success, he claimed he sold musical rights to the composition "Fever" to King Records staff, to get money to pay his rent. The song's credited songwriters, Otis Blackwell and Joe Cooley, disputed Tex's claims. Labelmate Little Willie John had a hit with "Fever", which inspired Tex to write the first of his answer songs, "Pneumonia". In 1958, he signed with Ace and continued to have relative failures, but he was starting to build a unique stage reputation, opening for artists such as Jackie Wilson, James Brown, Little Richard, he perfected the microphone tricks and dance moves.
Many, including Little Richard, claim that Tex's future nemesis James Brown stole Tex's dance moves and microphone tricks. In 1960, he left Ace and recorded for Detroit's Anna Records label, where he scored a Bubbling Under Billboard hit with his cover version of Etta James' "All I Could Do Was Cry". By Tex's use of rapping over his music was starting to become commonplace. In 1961, he recorded; that year, James Brown recorded a cover version, though with different lyrics and a different musical composition, gaining songwriting credit, making it a hit in 1962, reaching number two on the R&B chart. During this time, Tex first began working with Buddy Killen, who formed the Dial Records label behind Tex. After a number of songs failed to chart, Killen decided to have Atlantic Records distribute his recordings with Dial in 1964. By the time he signed with Atlantic, Tex had recorded 30 songs, all of which had failed to make an impact on the charts. Tex recorded his first hit, "Hold On To What You've Got", in November 1964 at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
He advised Killen not to release it. However, Killen felt otherwise and released the song in early 1965. By the time Tex got wind of its release, the song had sold 200,000 copies; the song peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Tex's first number-one hit on the R&B charts, staying on the charts for 11 weeks and selling more than a million copies by 1966. Tex placed six top-40 charted singles on the R&B charts in 1965 alone, including two more number-one hits, "I Want To" and "A Sweet Woman Like You", he followed. He placed more R&B hits including his rival James Brown. In 1966, five more singles entered the top 40 on the R&B charts, including "The Love You Save" and "S. Y. S. L. J. F. M." Or "The Letter Song", an answer song to Wilson Pickett's "634-5789". His 1967 hits included "Show Me", which became an often-covered tune for British rock artists and some country and pop artists, his second million-selling hit, "Skinny Legs and All"; the latter song, released off Tex's pseudo-live album and Lively, stayed on the charts for 15 weeks and was awarded a gold disc by the Recording Industry Association of America in January 1968.
After leaving Atlantic for Mercury, Tex had several more R&B hits including "Buying a Book" in 1970 and "Give the Baby Anything the Baby Wants" in 1971. The intro saxophone riffs in his 1969 song, "You're Right, Ray Charles" influenced Funkadelic's "Standing on the Verge of Gettin' It On". Tex recorded his next big hit, "I Gotcha", in December 1971; the song was released in January 1972 and stayed on the charts for 20 weeks, staying at number two on the Hot 100 for two weeks and sold more than 2 million copies, becoming his biggest-selling hit to date. Tex was offered a gold disc of the song on March 22, 1972; the parent album reached number 17 on the pop albums chart. Following this and another album, Tex announced his retirement from show business in September 1972 to pursue life as a minister for Islam. Tex returned to his music career following the death of Elijah Muhammad in 1975, releasing the top-40 R&B hit, "Under Your Powerful Love", his last hit, "Ain't Gonna Bump No More", was released in 1977 and peaked at numb
Let's Stay Together (Al Green song)
"Let's Stay Together" is a song by American singer Al Green from his 1972 album of the same name. It was produced and recorded by Willie Mitchell, mixed by Mitchell and Terry Manning. Released as a single in 1971, "Let's Stay Together" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, remained on the chart for 16 weeks and topped Billboard's R&B chart for nine weeks. Billboard ranked it as the number 11 song of 1972, it was ranked the 60th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It was selected by the Library of Congress as a 2010 addition to the National Recording Registry, which selects recordings annually that are "culturally or aesthetically significant"; the song went on to claim the number-one position on the Billboard Year-End chart as an R&B song for 1972. The song was used in the Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction, the John Singleton film Higher Learning, the 2004 film Hellboy and the 2005 film Munich, it was used in the 2003 romantic comedy film How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and can be heard in the films Down to You, Jersey Girl, the 2012 romantic comedy Hope Springs features the song.
On television, the song was featured in various shows. It was played in the Parks and Recreation episode "Road Trip". During Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt's road trip, as assigned by Chris Traeger, they listen to a series of unusual songs, until Let's Stay Together plays, it is confirmed that Ann Perkins had burned the song in order to get them together. It was parodied by The Fringemunks to recap Fringe episode 2.06, "Earthling", performed in an episode of Ally McBeal. Kermit Ruffins and his band cover the song in episode 9 of the HBO series Treme. An instrumental version of the song appears in episode 23 of the anime adaptation of Monster. Additionally, the song has featured twice in the UK version of Stars in Their Eyes; the first, notably by soul and swing singer George Anthony in 1998's episode 4 and the series 9 Grand Final in the same year. United States President Barack Obama performed a brief phrase of the song during an appearance at the Apollo Theater in New York City on January 19, 2012, for a campaign fundraiser that included Al Green as an opening act.
In the week following, sales of Green's recording of the song increased by 490%. Movie actor Samuel L. Jackson performed Green's song in a 2017 TV Commercial for Capital One. "Let's Stay Together" has been covered by Margie Joseph, Al Jarreau, Billy Paul, Roberta Flack, Ms. Marilyn Marshall, Donny Osmond, Jimmy Smith, Michelle Williams, Ian Moss, Boyz II Men, Bobby Ross Avila, Big Mountain, Isaac Hayes, Robin Thicke, Brian Kennedy, Maroon 5, Terry Manning, as well as by At Last on the first season of America's Got Talent, who performed it a cappella, it has been covered by soul singer Lemar. Shirley Bassey covered. An instrumental version close to the Al Green original was recorded by The Memphis Horns. Organist Ronnie Foster recorded an instrumental version for his studio album Two Headed Freap. Saxophonist Eric Alexander recorded a jazz instrumental version for his studio album Alexander the Great; the song has been performed on American Idol by Justin Guarini. On December 15, 2010 on The Sing-Off, it was performed a cappella by season 2 winners Committed.
It has been covered by Trenyce, Leah LaBelle, Joseph Murena, Elise Testone. Australian soul singer Guy Sebastian recorded a cover version on his covers album The Memphis Album. British singer Craig David covers his own version of the song on his album Signed Sealed Delivered. Michael Bolton covered the song on his 1999 album Timeless: The Classics Vol. 2. In 1989, The Rippingtons released an album titled Tourist in Paradise, on that album is featured the song "Let's Stay Together". In 2004, saxophonist Eric Darius performed a rendition of "Let's Stay Together". Eric's version was from the album Night on the Town. Ian Moss released a version of "Let's Stay Together" as the lead single from his sixth studio album, Soul on West 53rd. Lynda Carter covered this song for her 2011 album Crazy Little Things. American pop singer Katy Perry performed the song at Barack Obama Fundraising Concert in Best Buy Theater, New York City on October 7, 2012; this song was covered by former Hong Kong singer Yvonne Lau Man-Kuen under the title "Don't leave gaps when young" in 1991.
"Let's Stay Together" was covered by Tina Turner, her second collaboration with the British Heaven 17 and British Electric Foundation production team after "Ball of Confusion" in 1982, served as her comeback single in late 1983, charting at number 26 on the US Hot 100. It placed number 6 in the UK and became the third time she reached the UK top ten, the first two being with former husband Ike Turner on "River Deep, Mountain High" and "Nutbush City Limits". Tina Turner's version hit number one on the US Dance Chart. At the time, the song was the most successful solo single she had released and it was included on her multi-platinum selling album Private Dancer, released a few months in the spring of 1984; the music video was directed by David Mallet. The cover photography was by Norman Seeff. Tina Turner – lead vocals Gary Barnacle – saxophone Glenn Gregory – background vocals Rupert Hine – percussion Frank Ricotti – percussion Ray Russell – guitar Martyn Ware – programming, electronic drums, background vocals Greg Walsh – programming, arrangements Nick Plytas – piano, synthesizerProduction Greg Walsh – producer & engineer Martyn Ware – pro
I'll Be Around (The Spinners song)
"I'll Be Around" is a song recorded by the American R&B vocal group The Spinners. The song produced by Bell. Recorded at Philly's Sigma Sound Studios, the house band MFSB provided the backing; the production of the song gives it a smooth, mid-tempo feel, with the signature guitar riff played by Norman Harris at the forefront and punctuation from female background singers, the MFSB horns & strings and conga-playing from Larry Washington. Bobby Smith handles lead vocals on the song; the song was included on the group's 1972 self-titled album on Atlantic Records, their first album release for the label. It was released as the B-side of the group's first single on Atlantic Records, with "How Could I Let You Get Away" being the A-side. Radio deejays, soon opted for "I'll Be Around" which led to Atlantic flipping the single over and the song became an unexpected hit spending five weeks at number one on the U. S. R&B chart, reaching number three on the U. S. Pop chart in the fall of 1972, it reached sales of over one million copies, The Spinners' first record to do so.
The success of "I'll Be Around" would be the first in a series of chart successes The Spinners and Bell would have together during the 1970s. The Spinners Lead vocals by Bobby Smith Background vocals by Bobby Smith, Philippé Wynne, Pervis Jackson, Henry Fambrough and Billy Henderson Additional Background vocals by Linda Creed, with the Sigma Sweethearts Barbara Ingram, Carla Benson and Yvette Benton Instrumentation by MFSB The signature bass riff which underpins the song was played by Ronnie Baker "I'll Be Around" has been covered by many artists. Among them are The Moments, The Afghan Whigs, Devon Allman, Joan Osborne, The Rippingtons featuring Jeffrey Osborne, Inc. Doug Parkinson, Richie Kotzen and Hall & Oates, whose version reached number six on the U. S. Adult Contemporary chart. Jamaican reggae artist Otis Gayle recorded a steadfast version of "I'll Be Around" for the Studio One label in the early 1970s, that features the recognizable organ playing of Jackie Mittoo. Like many Jamaican recordings, the instrumental track for this song went on to be the foundation for many Jamaican singles to this day, notably Johnny Osbournes 1979 hit We Need Love.
In 1975, Claude François, a French singer from the 1960s and 1970s who wrote "Comme d'habitude", recorded a French version of the song, renamed "Soudain il ne reste qu'une chanson". US singer Terri Wells had a hit in 1984 with her version, which reached No 17 in the UK Singles Chart. In 1985, a cover by the American new wave group What Is This?, produced by Todd Rundgren, reached number 62 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1995, rapper Rappin' 4-Tay released his own version of the song as the second single from his second album; this version replaced the song's original lyrics with those written by Rappin' 4-Tay, though it sampled the original and retained the chorus, for which The Spinners were credited as featured artists. This version became a top-40 hit in the United States, peaking at number 39 on the Billboard Hot 100; that same year, the original Spinner's version was featured in the film Dead Presidents. Featured in the closing credits for the film, Keeping Up With The Joneses. In 1999, rap group TRU, featuring Master P sampled it on their single "Tru Homies", from their album Da Crime Family.
"Tru Homies", peaked at # 6 on # 61 on the Hot R&B / Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. Rapper Rah Sun Sampled the song on "I'll Be Around" featuring Big Pun. In 2015, the German group, Hotlane sampled "I'll Be Around" on the song "Whenever", featured on their first album titled "The EP". R&B number-one hits of 1972 List of number-one R&B hits A House on Fire: The Rise and Fall of Philadelphia Soul by John A. Jackson, ISBN 0-19-514972-6 "I'll Be Around" song review on Allmusic website Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
1972 in music
This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1972. 1972 in British music 1972 in Norwegian music 1972 in country music 1972 in heavy metal music 1972 in jazz January 17 – Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, is renamed "Elvis Presley Boulevard." January 20 – The debut of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon at The Dome, Brighton, is halted by technical difficulties. Dark Side of the Moon would be played in its entirety the following night, but it would be a full year before the album was released. January 21 – Keith Richards jumps on stage to jam with Chuck Berry at the Hollywood Palladium, but is ordered off for playing too loud. Berry claims that he did not recognize Keith and would not have booted him if he did. January 29–31 – The first Sunbury Music Festival is held in Sunbury, Victoria. Performers include Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs, Wendy Saddington and The La De Das. January 31 – Over 40,000 mourners file past Mahalia Jackson's open casket to pay their respects in Chicago's Great Salem Baptist Church.
February 9 – Paul McCartney's new band, make their live debut at the University of Nottingham in England. It's McCartney's first public concert since The Beatles' 1966 US tour. February 13 – Led Zeppelin's concert in Singapore is canceled when government officials will not let them off the airplane because of their long hair. February 14–18 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-host an entire week of The Mike Douglas Show. February 15 – The United States gives federal copyright protection to sound recordings. Prior to this, phonograph records were only protected at state level, not in all states. February 19 Paul McCartney's single "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" is banned by the BBC; the controversy caused by the banning only increases the song's popularity and it ends up in the Top 20 in England. Sammy Davis, Jr. makes a guest appearance on the television show All in the Family. February 23 – Elvis and Priscilla Presley separate. February 29 – John Lennon's U. S. immigration visa expires. March 15 At the 14th Annual Grammy Awards, winners include Carole King, Kris Kristofferson, Colin Davis, Michel LeGrand, Isaac Hayes, Julian Bream, Vladimir Horowitz, the Juilliard String Quartet and Bill Withers.
L. A. disc jockey Robert W. Morgan plays Donny Osmond's "Puppy Love" non-stop for 90 minutes. Police are called. March 21 – Terry Knight announces he is launching a $5 million lawsuit against Grand Funk's new manager John Eastman, one week after being fired as Grand Funk's manager, it triggers a series of suits and counter-suits between Knight and the band throughout the coming months. March 25 – The 17th Eurovision Song Contest, held in the Usher Hall, Scotland, is won by German-based Greek singer Vicky Leandros, representing Luxembourg with the song Après Toi; the song is subsequently released around Europe, having been recorded in several languages, including in English as Come What May. March 31 – Official Beatles fan club closes down. April 2 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold a press conference in New York; the Lennons discuss their appeal against the US Immigration Department's decision to deport John. April 9 – First solo concert of Valery Leontiev. April 16 – Electric Light Orchestra make their live debut at the Fox and Greyhound pub in Park Lane, England.
April 29 – New York City mayor John Lindsay announces that he is supporting John Lennon and Yoko Ono in their fight to remain in the United States. May 2 – Stone the Crows lead guitarist Les Harvey is electrocuted on stage during a show in Swansea, Wales, by touching a poorly connected microphone. Harvey died in a hospital a few hours later; the band's lead singer, Maggie Bell, Harvey's longtime girlfriend, was hospitalized, having collapsed on stage after the incident. May 8 – Billy Preston becomes the first rock performer to headline at New York's Radio City Music Hall May 27 – The Opryland USA country music theme park opens in Nashville, Tennessee. June – Founding member Roy Wood leaves the Electric Light Orchestra line-up just as the band scores its first hit single. June 3 – The Rolling Stones open their North American tour in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. June 10 – Elvis Presley does the first of four concerts at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, he sells out all the shows in one day.
June 14 – Simon & Garfunkel reunite to perform live at Madison Square Garden at a campaign benefit for Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern. Other performers include Peter and Mary and Dionne Warwick. July 24 – Bobby Ramirez, drummer for Edgar Winter's White Trash, is beaten to death in a Chicago bar fight because his hair was too long. August 5 – Clive Davis signs Aerosmith to Columbia Records at Max's Kansas City in New York City. August 30 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono headline the "One To One Concert" at Madison Square Garden to benefit mentally handicapped children. Elephant's Memory, Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder and Sha Na Na perform. September 1–7 – Karlheinz Stockhausen directs performances of his works at the Shiraz Arts Festival, including Mantra, Hymnen, an all-day performance of Aus den sieben Tagen, world premieres of two compositions from Für kommende Zeiten September 21 – ABC premieres the new TV series In Concert; the first episode features Alice Cooper. September 29 – Miles Davis unveils his new nine-piece band at the Lincoln Center Philharmonic Hall.
October 12 – Diana Ross makes her acting debut in the successful film Lady Sings the Blues, garnering her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. November 3 – James Taylor and Carly Simon are married in a tiny ceremony in Simon's Manhattan apartment. November 12 – 51,778 fans
William Everett Preston was an American musician whose work encompassed R&B, soul and gospel. Preston was a top session keyboardist in the 1960s, during which he backed artists such as Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Rev. James Cleveland and the Beatles, he went on to achieve fame as a solo artist, with hit singles such as "That's the Way God Planned It", "Outa-Space", "Will It Go Round in Circles", "Space Race", "Nothing from Nothing" and "With You I'm Born Again". Additionally, Preston co-wrote "You Are So Beautiful". Preston, Tony Sheridan, George Martin, Pete Best, were the only musicians credited on a Beatles recording other than the group's four members. Preston continued to record and perform with other artists, notably George Harrison after the Beatles' breakup, Eric Clapton, he played keyboards for the Rolling Stones on many of the group's albums and tours during the 1970s. Preston was moved to Los Angeles as a child. Noted as a child prodigy, Preston was self-taught and never had a music lesson.
By the age of ten, he was playing organ onstage backing several gospel singers such as Mahalia Jackson. Aged 11, Preston appeared on an episode of Nat King Cole's NBC network TV show singing the Fats Domino hit "Blueberry Hill" with Cole, he appeared in St. Louis Blues, the 1958 W. C. Handy biopic starring Nat King Cole. In 1962, Preston joined Little Richard's band as an organist, it was while performing in Hamburg that he met the Beatles. In 1963, he played the organ on Sam Cooke's Night Beat album and released his own debut album, 16 Yr Old Soul, for Cooke's SAR label. In 1965, he released the album The Most Exciting Organ Ever and performed on the rock and roll show Shindig! In 1967, he joined Ray Charles' band. Following this exposure, several musicians began asking Preston to contribute to their sessions. Preston first met the Beatles as a 16-year-old in 1962, while part of Little Richard's touring band, when their manager Brian Epstein organized a Liverpool show, at which the Beatles opened.
The Washington Post explained their subsequent meeting: They'd hook up again in 1969, when the Beatles were about to break up while recording the last album they released, Let It Be. George Harrison, a friend of Preston, had quit, walked out of the studio and gone to a Ray Charles concert in London, where Preston was playing organ. Harrison brought Preston back to the studio, where his keen musicianship and gregarious personality temporarily calmed the tension. Preston is one of several people referred to as the "Fifth Beatle". At one point during the Get Back sessions, John Lennon proposed the idea of having him join the band. Preston played organ and electric piano for the Beatles during several of the Get Back sessions. Preston accompanied the band on electric piano for its rooftop concert, the group's final public appearance. In April 1969, their single "Get Back" was credited to "The Beatles with Billy Preston", the only time such a joint credit had been given on an official Beatles-sanctioned release.
The credit was bestowed by the Beatles to reflect the extent of Preston's presence on the track. Preston worked, in a more limited role, on the Abbey Road album, contributing organ to the tracks "I Want You" and "Something". In 1978, he appeared as Sgt. Pepper in Robert Stigwood's film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, based on the Beatles' album of the same name, sang and danced to "Get Back" as the penultimate song. Signed to the Beatles' Apple label, in 1969, Preston released the album That's the Way God Planned It, produced by Harrison, the title song from, a hit single in Britain, his relationship with Harrison continued after the Beatles' break-up in 1970. He appeared on several of Harrison's 1970s solo albums, starting with All Things Must Pass. Preston worked on solo releases by Lennon and Ringo Starr. In 1971, Preston signed with Herb Alpert's A&M Records; the previous year, he contributed to another hit single when Stephen Stills asked to use Preston's phrase "if you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with", a song on Stills' self-titled debut solo album.
Following the release of I Wrote a Simple Song on A&M, Preston's solo career peaked at this time, beginning with 1972's "Outa-Space", an instrumental track that further popularized the sound of the clavinet in funk music. The song reached number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard's R&B chart, before going on to win the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. "Outa-Space" sold over 1 million copies in America, was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA in June 1972. That year, Preston contributed the title song to the hit blaxploitation film Slaughter starring Jim Brown. Over the next two years, Preston follow
Family Affair (Sly and the Family Stone song)
"Family Affair" is a 1971 number-one hit single recorded by Sly and the Family Stone for the Epic Records label. Their first new material since the double a-sided single "Thank You"/ "Everybody Is a Star" nearly two years prior, "Family Affair" became the third and final number-one pop single for the band. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song #139 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time; the song version by John Legend, Joss Stone, Van Hunt, won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at 49th Annual Grammy Awards. Released on November 6, 1971, "Family Affair" was markedly different from the earlier Sly & the Family Stone hits. "Family Affair" is a somber, Hohner Pianet electric piano based record with a rhythm box providing the rhythm, making it the first number-one hit to feature a programmed rhythm track. Sly Stone and his sister Rose sing lead on the song. Bobby Womack was invited to play rhythm guitar; the lyrics reflect the good and bad aspects of being family, with Sly delivering his part in a low funk-styled tone instead of his earlier gospel-based shout, sounding off rhythm and off key.
Sly's screams emulate a child crying. "Family Affair" was the most successful hit of Sly & the Family Stone's career, peaking at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks, while achieving the same on the Billboard R&B Singles chart for five weeks. Billboard ranked it as the No. 79 song for 1972. The band's long-awaited fifth album, There's a Riot Goin' On, debuted at number one on the Billboard soul album charts during the same period. There's a Riot Goin' On was typified by a deep, dark style of funk, evident in "Family Affair", that earned the album a place as one of the most influential albums of all time. Recorded in his Bel Air home studio and in New York at CBS, mixed in Los Angeles at The Record Plant, with the exception of his sister Rose singing the refrain, "It's a family affair", Sly did not utilize the Family Stone for this recording, his friend Billy Preston played the keyboard lines in the song with Sly playing keyboard as well as guitar and programming the rhythm box.
According to the biography Sly and the Family Stone: An Oral History, Sly Stone felt that this song wasn't strong enough to be released as a single. His manager and Epic Records—especially A&R executive Stephen Paley—had to convince him otherwise. "Family Affair" has been covered, with versions by Tyrone Davis, The Brothers Johnson, MFSB, Iggy Pop, Bunny Wailer, Andrew Roachford, many more. The song's drum machine-created rhythm was duplicated in several early to mid-1970s recordings, in particular The Temptations' "Let Your Hair Down", Stevie Wonder's "You Haven't Done Nothin'". Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers performed a Go-go rendition for the album Go Go Swing Live. Madonna featured this song as an intro to "Keep It Together" on her Blond Ambition Tour in 1990. Australian singer Stephen Cummings released a version as the second single from his fifth studio album, Good Humour. A rap-infused, danceable cover was released by German Milli Vanilli spinoff band Try'N' B in 1992. Another retooled cover was done in 1993 by Shabba Ranks featuring Patra and Terri & Monica as a single for the Addams Family Values soundtrack.
This version charted on the Billboard pop chart at number 84, number 16 on the R&B chart, number-six on the Hot Rap Tracks chart. Prince sampled the song on his track "Y Should Eye Do That When Eye Can Do This?". Janet Jackson sampled the song on the track "And On and On", the B-side to her single "Any Time, Any Place". Shola Ama referenced the song on the track Lovely Affair on her 1999 second album In Return The Black Eyed Peas song "Weekends" from their 2000 album Bridging the Gap samples "Family Affair". In 2005, John Legend, Joss Stone and Van Hunt recorded a cover featuring elements of the original recording for Different Strokes by Different Folks, a Sly & the Family Stone tribute/remix album; this version of "Family Affair" won the 2007 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Jazz bassist Christian McBride recorded a cover on his album A Family Affair. MFSB recorded an instrumental version of the song for their 1973 album MFSB, with elements of jazz, soul jazz, Philadelphia soul.
Sly Stone — vocals, bass guitar, electric guitar and drum programming Rose Stone — vocals Billy Preston — Hohner Pianet Hot 100 number-one hits of 1971 R&B number-one hits of 1971 R&B number-one hits of 1972 Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics