On this day in music history: December 29, 196…

On this day in music history: December 29, 1969 – “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” by Sly & The Family Stone is released. Written and produced by Sly Stone (aka Sylvester Stewart), it is the ninth single release by the San Francisco Bay Area R&B/Funk band.  Recorded in the Fall of 1969 at Golden State Recorders, Pacific High Recorders in San Francisco, CA and Columbia Recording Studios in Los Angeles, CA, the song is issued as a double A-sided stand alone single with “Everybody Is A Star”. The innovative song also introduced bassist Larry Graham’s “slap bass” technique to the world. Both tracks are intended to be a part of the follow up to the album “Stand!” in 1970 which never materializes. Instead, it makes its first appearance on an album when it is included on the band’s first greatest hits compilation “Greatest Hits” in October of 1970. “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” hits number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles chart in February 1970. The song becomes one of the bands’ most popular and widely covered songs. Sly & The Family Stone themselves revamp the song as “Thank You for Talkin’ to Me, Africa” on their next album “There’s A Riot Goin’ On” in 1971. “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.