Cynthia Robinson, of Sly and the Family Stone, Dies at 69
One of America's greatest funk and soul bands has lost a lauded member this week. Sly and the Family Stone's Cynthia Robinson passed away on Monday (Nov. 23) after a battle with cancer. She was 69.
Robinson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, along with the iconic music group -- becoming the only female African-American trumpet player to be honored in the ceremony. She also served as a vocalist for the band and is regarded as the one of the first black women to be a trumpeter.
Sly and the Family Stone crafted their own unique sound of funk and soul throughout the late '60s through the early '80s. Songs like "Dance to the Music," "Hot Fun in the Summertime" and "I Want to Take You Higher" are just some of the classics in their catalog. After they disbanded in 1975, Robinson went on to lend her talents and perform with other great stage acts such as George Clinton and Prince until her untimely departure.
Robinson's family has set up a crowdfunding site to raise money for her medical bills and they continue to urge fans to give in order to help them with the rising costs.
"For nearly 50 years, Cynthia has tirelessly given to us through her musical contributions. Please show your love and support to Cynthia to help cover the immense medical costs needed for her care and comfort," reads a post on the site.
Robinson leaves behind her two daughters, Laura Marie and Sylvyette Phunne, and many heartbroken fans. Questlove respected her craft and wrote a lengthy Instagram post dedicated to her career.
"Music's original 'hypeman' 20 years before Public Enemy pioneered the 'Vice President' position. But she wasn't just a screaming cheerleading foil to Sly & Freddie's gospel vocals. She was a KICK ASS trumpet player. A crucial intricate part of Sly Stone's utopian vision of MLK's America: Sly & The Family Stone were brothers & cousins. friends & enemies. black & white. male & female. saint & sinner. common man & superheroes. guarded & vulnerable. poets & punks. hip & square. She was so cool to us the day we opened up for #SlyAndTheFamilyStone she never ever lost a step or a beat," The Roots member wrote.
Fans can donate to Robinson's Cancer Care Fund here.
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