The Viscaynes aka The Biscaynes (San Francisco, CA)
Sylvester Stewart "Sly Stone"
The Viscaynes & The Ramblers
1961 - Stop What You are Doing / I Guess I'll Be (Trop 101)
1961 - Yellow Moon / Heavenly Angel (VPM 1006)
1961 - Just a Fool For Your Love (Unreleased)
1961 - You're My Only Love (Unreleased)
1961 - Maybe I'm Wrong (Unreleased)
1961 - Yellow Moon / Uncle Sam Needs You (My Friend) (VPM 1006)
Sly Stone & The Biscaynes
1976 - Oh What A Nite / You've Forgotten Me (Subarro 489)
Sylvester Stewart was the second of five children. After the family moved from Dallas, Texas to Vallejo, California (near San Francisco), he and his brother Freddie and their sisters Rose and Vaetta formed "The Stewart Four" as children, performing gospel music in the Church of God in Christ and even recording a single in 1952. All of the Stewart children except oldest sister Loretta would later adopt the surname "Stone" and become members of Sly & the Family Stone.
The Record was first misprinted as The Biscaynes. This was a mistake because the band has always used the name Viscaynes.
As he got older, Sylvester learned to play a number of instruments, settling primarily with the guitar, and joined a number of high school bands. One of these was The Viscaynes, a doo-wop group which, excepting Sylvester and his Filipino friend, Frank Arelano, was all-white. The fact that the group was integrated made the Viscaynes "hip" in the eyes of their audiences, and would later inspire Sylvester's idea of a multicultural Family Stone. The Viscaynes released a few local singles, including "Yellow Moon" and "Stop What You Are Doing"; during the same period, Sylvester also recorded a few solo singles under the name "Danny Stewart".
Yellow Moon Heavenly Angel
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