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About Parliament-Funkadelic (P-Funk)

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About Parliament-Funkadelic (P-Funk)

Notable Members:

George Clinton (singer-songwriter-musician).
Bootsy Collins (singer-musician).
Michael Hampton, aka Kidd Funkadelic (guitarist).
Eddie Hazel (guitarist, died in 1992).
Walter "Junie" Morrison (singer-songwriter-musician).
Cordell "Boogie" Mosson (bass guitarist, drummer).
Maceo Parker (saxaphonist).
Garry "Diaperman" Shider (guitarist, died in 2010).
Bernie Worrell (keyboardist).

Origins:

Parliament and its sister band, Funkadelic, originally began as a doo-wop band called The Parliaments that was co-founded by singer-musician George Clinton in the mid-1950s. By the late 1960s, Clinton had rechristened The Parliaments as simply Parliament and remade their backing band into the guitar-based band Funkadelic. Over time, the members of the two groups began to blend into one another, with the only difference between them being that they were signed to different labels. By the mid-1970s, the 10-man ensemble was informally known as Parliament-Funkadelic and had released a number of Funk-based albums

Successful Years:

The career peak for Parliament-Funkadelic came in the mid-t-late 1970s, when the albums Mothership Connection, Chocolate City and Up for the Down Stroke by Parliament as well as Uncle Jame Wants You and One Nation Under a Groove by Funkadelic were hits on R&B radio and music charts. But despite their hits with urban audiences, mainstream success eluded them for the most part during this period. Out of the 19 albums released between the groups during the '70s, none reached the top of the pop charts. The groups did, however, have four albums sell more than a million copies during this time period, and six that sold over half a million.

Musical Legacy:

Although the groups' activity tapered off in the early 1980s as members focused on outside projects, the popularity of Parliament-Funkadelic's music rebounded in the 1990s with the emergence of a musical trend called G-Funk, a hip-hop offshoot of the P-Funk sound. It included heavy sampling of Parliament-Funkadelic music, mainly by West Coast-based artists such as Digital Underground, Cypress Hill and Ice Cube. This helped introduce the sound to a new generation of listeners and reviving the groups' popularity. George Clinton, Bootsy Collins and other longtime members of Parliament-Funkadelic are still active in the music industry today, and Clinton even performs live occasionally with a group he calls the P-Funk Allstars.

Noteworthy Songs:

"(Not Just) Knee Deep" (Funkadelic, 1979).
"One Nation Under A Groove" (Funkadelic, 1978).
"Flash Light" (Parliament, 1977).
"Tear The Roof Off The Sucker (Give Up The Funk)" (Parliament, 1976).
"Get Off Your Ass and Jam" (Funkadelic, 1975).

Parliament Discography:

1980: Trombipulation
1979: Gloryhallastoopid
1978: Motor Booty Affair
1977: Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome
1976: The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein
1975: Mothership Connection
1975: Chocolate City
1974: Up for the Down Stroke
1970: Osmium

Funkadelic Discography:

2008: Toys
2007: By the Way of the Drum
1981: The Electric Spanking of War Babies
1980: Connections & Disconnections
1979: Uncle Jam Wants You
1978: One Nation Under a Groove
1976: Tales of Kidd Funkadelic
1976: Hardcore Jollies
1975: Let's Take It to the Stage
1974: Standing on the Verge of Getting It On
1973: Cosmic Slop
1972: America Eats Its Young
1971: Maggot Brain
1970: Free Your Mind ... and Your Ass Will Follow
1970: Funkadelic

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