Sly and the Family Stone was among the finest funk bands of all time. At the height of the psychedelic era, their hits "Everyday People," "Family Affair" and "Dance to the Music" defined the music of the generation.
Sadly, the band's trumpeter and long-time member, Cynthia Robinson passed away at the age of 71. Fox reports that the cause of death is cancer, as posted in Cynthia's Facebook page.
Her voice and brass talent were unmistakable. The band's saxophonist, Jerry Martini said: "She covered a lot of ground. She was the first female trumpet player and the first African-American trumpet player in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She wasn't in the back. She was out front telling you to get up and dance to the music, and she could blow with the best of 'em, always." Just recently, Robinson was on tour with the band last summer where Sly himself made an appearance.
Robinson is survived by her daughters, Sylvette Phunne Stone and Laura Marie.