Funk Godfather George Clinton: The Man Who Revolutionized R&B in the 70s


The godfather of funk #George Clinton revolutionized R&B back in the 70s. During this time the Parliament/#Funkadelic ruled Black music. Clinton, was born in Kannapolis, NC, and became interested in doo wop while living in New Jersey.  During the ‘50s he formed The Parliaments, and together released two singles. The Parliaments had their first hit in 1967 “I Wanna Testify” for the Detroit-based Revilot Records, but the label had trouble and Clinton refused to record new material. Revilot Records could not revive itself so they eventually had to close their doors.

“By 1970, #George Clinton had regained the rights to The Parliaments name: he then signed the entire Funkadelic lineup to Invictus Records as Parliament. The group released one album – 1970′s Osmium – and scored a number 30 hit, “The Breakdown,” on the R&B charts in 1971. With Funkadelic firing on all cylinders, however, Clinton decided to discontinue Parliament (the name, not the band) for the time being.

During the latter half of the ’80s was Clinton’s disintegrating reputation as a true forefather of rock; by the end of the decade, however, a generation of rappers reared on #P-Funk were beginning to name check him. The early 90s was the rise of funk-inspired rap. Groups and artists such as Dr. Dre, Digital Underground, and Warren G. helped re-establish the status of Clinton as one of the most important forces in the recent history of Black music.

George Clinton recorded over 40 R&B hit singles and had 3 platinum albums. He has also received a Grammy, a Dove (gospel), and an MTV music video awards, and has been recognized by BMI, the NAACP Image Awards, and Motown Alumni Association for lifetime achievement. Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Read more

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