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"Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" is a 1969 song recorded by Sly and the Family Stone. The song, double a-sided with "Everybody Is a Star", reached number one on the soul single charts for five weeks, and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1970.[1] "Thank You" was intended to be included on an in-progress album with "Star" and "Hot Fun in the Summertime"[citation needed]; the LP was never completed, and the three tracks were instead included on the band's 1970 Greatest Hits LP. "Thank You" and "Star", the final Family Stone recordings issued in the 1960s, marked the beginning of a twenty-month gap of releases from the band, which would finally end with the release of "Family Affair" in 1971.

The song's length on the original hit single and the "Greatest Hits" LP is 4:48 and was re-channeled[clarification needed] to simulate stereo on the very popular "Greatest Hits" LP. The previously unreleased full length version in true stereo (6:18) was mixed by Bob Irwin and only issued on the 1990 Columbia promotional CD "Legacy: Music For The Next Generation". On the subsequent (and currently available as of 2013) "The Essential Sly & The Family Stone" 2-CD set, the track is in stereo but is the standard 4:48 length hit version.

Rolling Stone ranked the song #402 on their list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

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The title is an intentional mondegreen for "thank you for letting me be myself again." The third verse contains specific references to the group's previous hit songs, "Dance To The Music" "Everyday People", "Sing a Simple Song", and "You Can Make It If You Try." The song features co-lead vocals from Sly StoneRose Stone,Freddie Stone, and Larry Graham.

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Sly Stone revisited "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" as "Thank You for Talkin' to Me, Africa", the closing track on 1971's critically acclaimed[2] There's a Riot Going On.

The first act to cover "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" was the Jazz Crusaders, whose version was the first track on their Old Socks New Shoes New Socks Old Shoes album released in October, 1970.

It was performed on stage in HBO's 1981 television special The Pee-wee Herman Show.

The family gospel quartet, The Williams Brothers, included a version of the song on their 1985, Malaco Records release Blessed.

The song has been covered by many other acts, including The Jackson 5Widespread PanicRobert Randolph and the Family BandVictor WootenDave Matthews & Friends, the Dave Matthews BandMagazineMerl Saunders & the Rainforest Band and Prince (specially when on the stage with Larry Graham). UK hip hop act Big Brovaz covered the song for use in the Warner Bros. film Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. They also sampled the song to create the theme song for the movie, "We Wanna Thank You (The Things You Do)". Gladys Knight and the Pips and several others have also covered the song. Van Morrison performed an expanded version of the song in a medley with "See Me Through" and "Soldier of Fortune" on his album A Night in San Francisco. Rapper Vanilla Ice also sampled "Thank You" as part of the soundtrack to his film, Cool as Ice.

Janet Jackson used a sample for her 1989 hit single "Rhythm Nation"

The song appeared in 2007 during the closing credits of "Shrek the Third", as performed by Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas).

The Rolling Stones have rehearsed the song in May 2007 in Vilvoorde, Belgium before their A Bigger Bang Eur07 Tour, but the song has not been performed in concert.

Soundgarden performed this song numerous times on their 1989 tour as well as during their John Peel session that year.[3]

Dave Matthews Band performed the song numerous times on their 2008 summer tour. It was often featured as the final song of the encore.[4] It was released on Live Trax Vol. 13, from St. LouisMissouri, and also on Live at Mile High Music Festival, from their set in Commerce City, Colorado. It was the last song LeRoi Moore performed as a member of Dave Matthews Band. That performance of the song is featured on Live Trax Vol. 14.

In 2009, the song was frequently sampled during performances of "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight" on the North American leg of U2's 360 Tour in support of their album No Line on the Horizon[citation needed].

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Preceded by

"Venus" by Shocking Blue

Billboard Hot 100 number-one single

February 14, 1970

Succeeded by

"Bridge over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel

Preceded by

"I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5

Billboard's Best Selling Soul number-one single

February 7, 1970

Succeeded by

"Rainy Night in Georgia" by Brook Benton

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