Sly and the Family Stone produced an electrifying performance on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ in 1968. Their funky sound and incredibly colorful outfits took the show by storm as they performed in front of a multicolored psychedelic background.
Playing a medley of their hits, the band started with their famous scatting and harmonization, leading into ‘My Lady.’ The sparkling outfits shimmered in the tv studio lights while the vocalists took turns singing lines.
Sly is firmly planted at the electric piano during the intro, wearing a fabulous vest and a thick gold chain. However, after just a few minutes, Sly and female singer Rose enter the aisle, singing, and dancing while encouraging the audience.
The sight of the two of them dancing and enjoying the music is infectious in the aisle. As Sly and Rose get down showered in the spotlight, the audience looks on in wonder.
The band is jamming hard with some awesome choreographed dance moves between the bass player and guitarist. They are flanked by a trumpet and tenor saxophone, along with an incredible drummer with the band name on his kick drum.
Sly yells out to the audience, ‘Thank you for letting us be ourselves!’ as the band builds in volume at the close of the song. The audience is cheering at the spectacle!
Few performances on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ can compare to the energy and emotion displayed by Sly and The Family Stone. The intensity from start to finish was unparalleled and genuinely worth watching again and again!