HAPPY BIRTHDAY BERNIE WORRELL 🎂 "Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome" by Parliament [1977, Casablanca Records, prod. by George Clinton]
The late, great Bernie Worrell was the original keyboard wizard of funk. He is best known for his roles in Parliament, Funkadelic and the Talking Heads, but has also played with Mos Def, Les Claypool, Buckethead, Fela Kuti and more. If he didn't invent the way that funk keyboards were played, he definitely reinvented it and shaped it for generations to come. His heavy use of synthesizers, organ, clavinet and various other keyboards made him a defining part of the Parliament-Funkadelic sound. On "Funkentelechy...", a funk concept album about not falling for the 'placebo syndrome', funk music made a long lasting mark on popular music. On the track "Flashlight", Worrell played the bassline on the synth rather than having the bass guitarist Cordell Mosson play on it. That track also features frequent P-Funk collaborator, Bootsy Collins on drums. Keyboard bass had been done in jazz music, by organ players, for decades already, but never like this. It set the mark for countless funk, hip-hop and R&B songs to come.
Notable Performers: George Clinton [vocals], Bernie Worrell [keys], Michael Hampton [guitar], Garry Shider [guitar], Cordell Mosson [bass], Jerome Brailey [drums], Bootsy Collins [drums], Maceo Parker [sax], Fred Wesley [trombone] + more