Sly and the Family Stone trumpet player Cynthia Robinson dies at 71

28 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Cynthia Robinson, Sly and the Family Stone trumpeter, dead at 71.

Cynthia Robinson, whose brassy, forthright trumpet lit up Sly and the Family Stone songs such as “Dance to the Music,” “Life” and “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” died Monday, the band’s publicist confirmed. The group — which consisted of Sylvester “Sly Stone” Stewart, his brother Freddie and sister Rose, Robinson, Larry Graham, Greg Errico and Jerry Martini — pulled from R&B, jazz, psychedelia, old-time music hall (“Hot Fun” had “piano triplets so corny they could have been composed by Booth Tarkington,” rock critic Dave Marsh wrote in “The Heart of Rock and Soul”) and straight-up rock ‘n’ roll.

For a time, they were the biggest band in the country, with an appearance at Woodstock and a trio of No. 1 records, their diversity considered symbolic of the era’s youth. Robinson is also survived by daughter Laura Marie. “She covered a lot of ground,” he said. “She was the first female trumpet player and the first African-American trumpet player in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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