Sly & The Family Stone trumpeter Cynthia Robinson has died, aged 69

Robinson played on every album by the funk band

Sly & The Family Stone trumpeter Cynthia Robinson has died following a battle with cancer. She was 69 years old.

News of Robinson’s death was posted on her Facebook page yesterday (November 24).

Born in Sacramento, California in 1946, Robinson joined Sly Stone’s band Sly & The Stoners in the mid-’60s. The group went on to become legendary funk and soul group Sly & The Family Stone. As reported by Pitchfork, Robinson played on every album credited to the original band. She also shouted the famous opening line on the band’s 1968 hit single ‘Dance To The Music.’


Watch a live performance by the band below:

Robinson continued recording and playing with Sly Stone when the Family Stone broke up. She also played with Prince, George Clinton and Graham Central Station, the band formed by Family Stone bassist Larry Graham.

She later reformed Family Stone with Jerry Martini and Greg Errico. Her daughter Sylvette Phunne Stone was also a member of the group.

Sly & The Family Stone were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1993.