Parliament, Funkadelic, founder and frontman George S. Clinton
Parliament/Funkadelic

George Clinton

July 22, 1940

Since 1955, George Clinton (a.k.a. Dr. Funkenstein, the Maggot Overlord, Uncle Jam) has headed a loose aggregation of musicians known variously as ‘The Mothership Connection,’ his ‘Parliafunkadelicment Thang,’ or ‘P-Funk All-Stars.’ Composed of members of two main groups, Parliament and Funkadelic, and various offshoot bands, the organization made some of pop's most adventurous (and sometimes popular) music of the Seventies. Since then, Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic have been felt in the music of a wide range of postdisco and postpunk artists, including Prince, Dr. Dre, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Clinton's music mixes funk polyrhythms, psychedelic guitar, jazzy horns, vocal-group harmonies, and often scatological imagery. His lengthy concerts are unpredictable, characterized by extended, improvised jams. One of his many quotable mottoes is: “Free your ass and your mind will follow.” ~ Rolling Stone: Parliament-Funkadelic ~ retrieved July 17, 2013 © Rolling Stone

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July 22, 1989 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (1) Simply Red, If You Don't Know Me By Now ~ #2 (2) Madonna, Express Yourself ~ #1 (4) Martika, Toy Soldiers

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George Clinton ~ Inducted in the North Carolina Music Hall Of Fame in 2009.

George Clinton ~ Computer Games (1982) ~ Ranked #59 Rolling Stone 100 Best Albums Of The Eighties in 1990 ~ “I was having fun on that album,” George Clinton says of Computer Games, which contains blueprints for all the tangents funk and rhythm & blues would take in the Eighties. ~ 1990 © Rolling Stone

As a Session musician, guest or band member

Outkast ~ Aquemini (1998) ~ Ranked #500 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ At a time when formulaic albums by Master P and Puff Daddy topped the charts, OutKast unleashed an explosive hip-hop that deployed live musicians, social commentary and a heavy dose of deep funk. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

Parliament-Funkadellic

Parliament and Funkadelic ~ Ranked #58 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Artists in 2004 ~ George Clinton showed me that anything goes: You do what you feel. ~ Ice Cube ~ 2004 © Rolling Stone

In 1995 two songs by Parliament-Funkadelic made it to the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll ~ Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker) ~ One Nation Under A Groove



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