Wikipedia : This day (August 14, 1946), in Beaumont, Texas, is born Larry Graham, an American bass guitar player with Sly and the Family Stone and Graham Central Station.
Larry Graham : In 1968 Larry joined Sly and the Family Stone. Their first album “A Whole New Thing” provided a way for people all over the country to hear Larry’s unique bass playing. Their next album had a number of hit singles such as Dance to the Music and Everybody Is a Star, both of which allowed his voice as well as his thumping & plucking bass style to be heard around the globe.
@allmusic : Graham Central Station was a showcase for the revolutionary pop-and-slap bass guitar of Graham, an alumnus of Sly & the Family Stone largely responsible for originating the percussive groove which typified the progressive funk sound of the ’70s.
@last.fm : He is best known as both the bass guitar player in the popular and influential psychedelic soul/funk band Sly & the Family Stone, and as the founder and frontman of Graham Central Station. He is credited with the invention of the slapping technique, which radically expanded the tonal palette of the bass guitar, although he himself refers to the technique as “Thumpin’ and Pluckin’.”
Video : Live In France (2011) . Bass Solo (2010) . Way Black When . Hair . w/ Graham Central Station – Release Yourself . w/ Sly & the Family Stone – Thank You . w/ Sly & the Family Stone – Everyday People / Dance To The Music (1968) .