Cynthia Robinson, Trumpet Player and Co-Founder of Sly & the Family Stone

“Thank You (Faletinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” on Soul Train

Cynthia Robinson is the one and only woman trumpet player to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an honor she received as a member and co-founder of the ground-breaking funk/soul/psychedlic band Sly and the Family Stone.

“Dance to the Music”

“She was a KICK ASS trumpet player,” wrote Questlove in an Instagram tributeHer play-it-loud horn parts are a distinctive component to the Sly and the Family Stone sound. She took the same approach to vocals–that’s her shouting out the intro to “Dance to the Music.”

The Family Stone at Jazz San Javier 2014

After Sly and the Family Stone stopped performing, Robinson (January 12, 1946-November 23, 2015) continued to work with fellow band members in Graham Central Station and the Family Stone. She also appears on albums by George Clinton, Prince and Robert Cray.

I was fortunate to have seen Robinson in 1973, when Sly and the Family Stone performed at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, WV.