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Bernie Worrell

Raised in Plainfield, NJ, Bernie Worrell was a classically trained pianist at three years old. Throughout his childhood he played with symphonies and orchestras, and even wrote his own concerto at the age of eight. Slowly, he listened to the radio and discovered sounds other than classical, and when he went to college, he played with a number of bar bands, including the Tavares (who were known as Chubby & the Turnpikes back then). It was also around this time that Worrell met George Clinton, who was the vocalist for a Motown-influenced group called the Parliaments. The Parliaments soon split up and moved to Detroit, where Clinton re-formed them into a new group, called Parliament. Clinton then formed another side band, called Funkadelic, several of whose members had been in Parliament but were now performing under the new name due to contractual glitches. Worrell joined Funkadelic in 1970, beginning with their album Free Your Mind and Your A** Will Follow. He was an essential part of the P-Funk mob and continued to play with them right up until the early '80s. He then joined the Talking Heads as a session man and went on tour with them throughout the '80s, basically working with David Byrne and the band right up to their split in early 1992. Besides his solo career, Worrell continues to work with members of the P-Funk, including Bootsy Collins. His work on such songs as "Flashlight," "(Not Just) Knee Deep," and "Cosmic Slop" influenced not only other R&B/soul artists but also many rap groups, who continue to sample his work in their own songs. ~ John Book, Rovi
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Duck fest 2013..martin t o n , i l . . . J u l y 11-15....ber n i e worrell orchestra... t h i s must be the band...jaik willis...zmi c k . . m a n y many more..
Parliament P FUNK EARTH TOUR= Unlimited Woo! Can ya dig it?!
rahimalif63
Wow from Plainfield NJ Amazingly the best in the world.
Bernie is the reason P-Funk is relevant ! The most important cog in the p-funk machine!
all the woo in world
stellarviole t
'THE Tavares'?!? 'THE Parliaments' ? ! ? whoever wrote this review couldn't bother to get the names right - pathetic; this is in contrast to the amazing work that Mr. Worrell has done over the years...
Bernie has the soul!
is this the same Bernie Worrell who lived in Bayonnne in the 60's I hung out with a Bernie Worrell back then and he was the funniest guy I ever met, but we lost contact after a while
THIS CAT IS THE ENGINE OF THE MOTHERSHIP, THE CHEMICAL LAB FOR DR. FUNKENSTINE, W I T H O U T HIM FUNKADELIC WOULDVE TAKEN A DIFFERENT TURN. THANKS BERNIE FOR YOUR INFLUENCE
tlc3198

where is ALL THE WOO IN THE WORLD
bernie is the man behind the scene the powers the mothership
Bernie...The genius, the pioneer, the alien, the MAN!!!!
bretsexton
Don't forget about his work with Bill Laswell and Praxis!
What? his projects with Les Claypool are chopped liver? Funk Dat!

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