Cynthia Robinson

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Cynthia Robinson
Born (1946-01-12)January 12, 1946
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Died November 23, 2015(2015-11-23) (aged 69)
Genres R&B, Soul
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Trumpet, vocals
Years active 1967–2015
Associated acts Sly and The Family Stone

Cynthia Robinson (January 12, 1946 – November 23, 2015) was an American musician, best known for being the trumpeter and vocalist in Sly and the Family Stone.[1] Her voice and presence were featured in the hit "Dance To The Music".

Robinson was among the first black and female trumpet players in a major American band, and the first such player in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She was the only member of the original Family Stone clan to continue working with Sly Stone after the band fell apart in 1975. She played in the funk band Graham Central Station with Family Stone bandmate Larry Graham, starting in 1974.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

She was the mother of two daughters: Laura Marie and Sylvyette Phunne Stone (with Sly Stone).[1]

Legacy and death[edit]

Robinson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Sly and the Family Stone. In 2006, she reunited with the original band members of Family Stone.[1]

On November 23, 2015 Robinson died of cancer at the age of 69.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Graff, Gary (November 24, 2015). "Cynthia Robinson of Sly & the Family Stone Dead at 69". Billboard. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ Callahan, Yesha (November 24, 2015). "Cynthia Robinson, Trumpeter and Co-Founder of Sly and the Family Stone, Dies at 69". The Root. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 

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