Cynthia Robinson

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Cynthia Robinson
Born (1944-01-12)January 12, 1944[1]
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Died November 23, 2015(2015-11-23) (aged 71)
Carmichael, California, U.S.
Genres Funk, soul, R&B
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Trumpet, vocals
Years active 1967–2015
Associated acts Sly and The Family Stone

Cynthia Robinson (January 12, 1944 – November 23, 2015) was an American musician, best known for being the trumpeter and vocalist in Sly and the Family Stone.[2] Her voice and presence were featured in the hit "Dance to the Music".

Robinson was among the first female trumpeters 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 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 Sylvyettee Phunne Stone (with Sly Stone).[2]

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.[2]

On November 23, 2015 Robinson died of cancer in Carmichael, California at the age of 71.[1]

Appears on[edit]

  • Stargard – Back 2 Back - Warner Bros. Records – BSK 3456 - (1981)[3]
  • Funkadelic – The Electric Spanking Of War Babies - Warner Bros. Records – BSK 3482 - (1981) - Tracks: "Funk Gets Stronger" (Part I), "Funk Gets Stronger" (Killer Millimeter Longer Version) / "She Loves You"[4]
  • Graham Central Station – GCS2000 - NPG Records - (1998) - Track: "GCS2000"[5]
  • The Robert Cray Band - Time Will Tell - Sanctuary Records 06078-84613-2 - (2003) - Track: "Your Pal"[6]


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