We at SoJones are always thinking of ways to keep the deceased alive and well on our special platform, and today that will be for Bernie Worrell. This man has the consistency of newly retired wingman Tim Duncan and because of that, we acknowledge the ‘Tim Duncan Flow‘ that Dysmanic has been preaching about for some time now. According to blastofff.tv:
Too many are biting the dust and today we just want to salute Bernie Worrell Parliament-Funkadelic because he surely has some awesome memories he made while on Earth. Bernie Worrell, the cherished keyboardist for Parliament-Funkadelic and an unofficial member of Talking Heads, has died. The musician lost his battle with stage four lung cancer at the age of 72.
Known as The Wizard of Woo, Worrell was a New Jersey native who moved to Detroit in the 1970s with doo-wop group The Parliaments, including leader George Clinton, and their backing band The Funkadelics. There, they became known together as Parliament-Funkadelic, the pioneering funk and soul group. Worrell was the second musician ever to receive the original Moog synthesizer and the Minimoog, allowing him to give P-Funk its revolutionary sound, which changed the course of R&B music. Along with the rest of P-Funk, Worrell was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
Worrell began working with Talking Heads in the early 1980s when P-Funk went on a touring hiatus. Although never officially a member of the band, he worked with David Byrne’s group throughout the ’80s until their disbandment in 1991. He’s featured on Speaking in Tongues as well as the Stop Making Sense live album and concert film. He reunited with the band when they performed during their induction into the RRHOF in 2002.
We will miss you Bernie Worrell. He was a true soldier for his band.
While he continued to perform with P-Funk throughout the ’90s and ’00s, he also became well known for his contributions to various genres and supergroups. He performed with Gov’t Mule; was part of Black Jack Johnson with Mos Def, Will Calhoun, Doug Wimbish, and Dr. Know; and formed Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains with Les Claypool, Buckethead, and Bryan Mantia. He also played on Fela Kuti’s 1985 album Army Arrangement, and appeared in the 2015 film Ricki and The Flash as the keyboardist in Meryl Streep’s band. In between all that, he managed to release 12 solo records between 1978’s All the Woo in the World and 2016’s Retrospectives.
Worrell was diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer in January of this year. His wife, Judie, had been updating his Facebook page as his health deteriorated. In a statement posted Friday afternoon, she wrote, “AT 11:54, June 24, 2016, Bernie transitioned Home to The Great Spirit. Rest in peace, my love — you definitely made the world a better place. Till we meet again, vaya con Dios.”
Not to mention folks, this bullshit with the arson in east palo alto needs to stop. Nobody wants to wake up to news of Alton being shot, especially Fly Guy comittee general Moka Blast:
They want to provoke us. They want a race war. They want ratings. They want us dead. They want our culture. They will keep killing us unless we stand up. Protesting is not going to work. While y’all pray to God and Jesus just remember that’s what They forced brutally upon us. When They came to Africa they had the bible and we had the land. When They left They took our land and gave us their bible. Black Men every where I am disappointed at y’all still buying sneakers, still popping bottles and envying each other.
It’s only one way to solve this problem. We all know what WE have to do. NO! Let me rephrase that… I know what I have to do. You must be awaken. Unity is a necessity that we so gravely need.#RIPPhilandoCastile
Leave us your thoughts of love for Bernie, and lets all pray and act wisely towards a better tomorrow.