ETTA JAMES & SLY STONE:
Etta James reveals in her book, “Rage To Survive,” Sly Stone was a master, a straight-up genius. ‘In all the years I’ve been in the business, I’ve never seen a talent like Sly’s. When it comes to grooves and flat-out feeling, only Otis Redding and James Brown came close. Sly didn’t need an engineer; he knew the board better than anyone else. He could play all instruments and damn near sing all the tracks. Even today, thirty seven years later, any terrible groove that comes around-chances are it started with Sly.’
Sly kept a small house on the Sunset Strip. That’s where he’d test out his chicks before he moved them up to his big crib in Bel Air. He had gorgeous women. While I snorted heroin, he’d sniff cocaine. During this time he was dating white actress Doris Day. I also met two beautiful Eurasian sisters Sly was sleeping with on the side.
He threw one of the sister’s out, kicked Doris to the curb and married the other sister in a Madison Square Garden ceremony.