Everybody Is a Star
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|"Everybody Is a Star"|
|Single by Sly and the Family Stone|
|from the album Greatest Hits|
|A-side||"Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)"|
|Sly and the Family Stone singles chronology|
"Everybody Is a Star", released in December 1969, is song written by Sylvester Stewart and recorded by Sly and the Family Stone. The song, released as the b-side to the band's 1970 single "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)", reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1970 at a time when chart position for both sides of the single were measured equally and not independently. "Star" was intended to be included on an in-progress album with "Thank You" and "Hot Fun in the Summertime"; the LP was never completed, and the three tracks were instead included on the band's 1970 Greatest Hits compilation. The single was the final classic-era Family Stone recording; it would be 23 months until the next release, the single "Family Affair" in late 1971.
Sly, his siblings Freddie Stone and Rose Stone, and Larry Graham trade bars for the lead vocal, delivering Sly's assurance that every person is special in their own way. The song with which "Star" originally shared a 7" single, "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)", marks the beginning of the Family Stone's second era, during which the music would take on a darker, more funk-based feel.
The song has been covered by several acts, including The Jackson 5, The Pointer Sisters, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Madonna, Fishbone with Gwen Stefani and Family Stone member Rose Stone, and others. The Roots sampled the song for their 2004 single "Star", from their LP The Tipping Point. This version of the song, featuring Roots MC Black Thought commenting on how people attempt to earn fame in the wrong way, was also included on a Family Stone tribute/covers album, Different Strokes by Different Folks, released in July 2005. In 1977, the cast performed the song on an episode of The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.
- Sly Stone — vocals
- Cynthia Robinson — trumpet
- Jerry Martini — tenor saxophone
- Rose Stone — vocals, piano
- Freddie Stone — vocals, guitars
- Larry Graham — vocals, bass
- Greg Errico — drums