Cynthia Robinson, trumpet player and back up vocalist for Sly & The Family Stone, has passed away at the age of 69 of cancer.
Sly & The Family Stone is probably best remembered for their appearance at Woodstock. They were an unusual band as its members were both black and white, men and women. They had a string of hits in the late ’60’s and early ’70’s including “Dance to the Music” (in which she is mentioned by name), “I Want To Take You Higher” and “Stand”. Stone and Robinson were also the parents to a daughter named Phunne. Robinson was the only original member to remain alongside Stone when the band fell apart in 1975 although she did also play in bass player Larry Graham’s band Graham Central Station. Robinson toured with The Family Stone (sans Sly Stone) as recently as this summer.
Here is a clip of Sly & The Family Stone playing an extended version of “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” on Soul Train with Robinson featured on trumpet.