The entertainment business is filled with flashes in the pan. With new people becoming famous everyday, the world doesn’t have the attention span to fixate on every popular performer forever, but certain lucky men and women contribute enough while they’re at the top to guarantee a special place in the public’s heart for the rest of their lives. By any conceivable standard, Sly Stone should have earned the right to live in luxury until he was old and grey, but personal problems, awful business decisions and paranoia have pushed him onto the streets.

According to The New York Post, the sixty-eight year old Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee currently resides in a Winnebago. He spends days on end recording music on his laptop computer, but is unwilling to show anyone the material out of fear they’ll steal it. Thanks to the kindness of local families, he still eats and showers, but his disposable income has been almost non-existent since he stopped receiving royalty checks a few years ago.

Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Sly and the Family Stone made a string of brilliant critically acclaimed albums. Stand! and There’s A Riot Going On are still routinely voted among the best LPs of all-time, and for my money, “Everyday People” is one of the greatest songs ever written. Unfortunately, by the 1980s, the spark was gone, and Stone made the poor decision to sell Michael Jackson the publishing rights to his music for just a million bucks. A long period of drug abuse followed, and now one of the greatest musical talents America has ever produced is homeless.

People carve out their own paths and make their own bad decisions. Sly Stone absolutely put himself where he is, but at the same time, there’s something terribly tragic about someone who offered the world so much sleeping in a Winnebag. What do you think? Do you feel bad for Sly Stone? Sound off by voting in the poll below…

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