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George Clinton (1941)

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George Clinton is an American singer, songwriter, bandleader, and music producer and the principal architect of P-Funk. He was the mastermind of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic during the 1970s and early 1980s, and launched a solo career in 1981. He has been cited as one of the foremost innovators of funk music, along with James Brown and Sly Stone. Clinton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.

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 Early life and Parliament-Funkadelic

Clinton was born in Kannapolis, North Carolina, grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey, and currently resides in Tallahassee, Florida. During his teen years Clinton formed a doo wop group inspired by Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers called The Parliaments while straightening hair at a barber salon in Plainfield. For a period in the 1960s Clinton was a staff songwriter for Motown. Despite initial commercial failure (and one major hit single, " Testify" in 1967), The Parliaments eventually found success under the names Parliament and Funkadelic in the seventies (see also P-Funk). These two bands combined the elements of musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, Cream and James Brown while exploring different sounds, technology, and lyricism. Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic dominated diverse music during the 1970s with over 40 R&B hit singles and three platinum albums. Clinton's efforts as a solo artist began in 1982. He is also a notable music producer working on almost all of the albums he performs on, as well as producing albums for Bootsy Collins and Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others.

  1980s
Beginning in the early 1980s, Clinton recorded several nominal "solo" albums, although all of these records featured contributions from P-Funk's core musicians. The primary reason for recording under his own name was legal difficulties, due to the complex copyright and trademark issues surrounding the name "Parliament" and Polygram's purchase of that group's former label Casablanca Records.

In 1982, Clinton signed to Capitol Records under two names: his own and as the P-Funk All-Stars, releasing Computer Games under his own name that same year. The single "Loopzilla" hit the Top 20 on the R&B charts, followed by "Atomic Dog", which reached #1 R&B and #101 on the pop chart. In the next four years, Clinton released three more studio albums (You Shouldn't-Nuf Bit Fish, Some of My Best Jokes Are Friends and R&B Skeletons in the Closet) as well as a live album, Mothership Connection and charting three singles in the R&B Top 30, "Nubian Nut", "Last Dance", and "Do Fries Go with That Shake?". This period of Clinton's career was marred by multiple legal problems due to complex royalty and copyright issues.

In 1985, he was recruited by the Red Hot Chili Peppers to produce their album Freaky Styley, because the band members were huge fans of George Clinton and funk in general. Clinton, in fact, wrote the vocals and lyrics to the title track which was originally intended by the band to be left as an instrumental piece. The album was not a commercial success at the time, but has since sold 500,000 copies after the Red Hot Chili Peppers became popular years later.

Though Clinton's popularity had waned by the mid 1980s, he experienced something of a resurgence in the early 1990s, as many rappers cited him as an influence and began sampling his songs. Alongside James Brown, George Clinton is considered to be one of the most sampled musicians ever. In 1989, Clinton released The Cinderella Theory on Paisley Park, Prince's record label. This was followed by Hey Man, Smell My Finger in 1993. Clinton then signed with Sony 550 and released T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. in 1996, having reunited with several old members of Parliament and Funkadelic.

  1990s to 2000s

1994 saw Clinton contribute to several tracks on Primal Scream's studio album Give Out But Don't Give Up. In 1995 Clinton sang "Mind Games" on the John Lennon tribute Working Class Hero. In the 1990s, Clinton appeared in films such as Graffiti Bridge , House Party , PCU , Good Burger and The Breaks . In 1997 he appeared as himself in the Cartoon Network show Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Clinton also appeared as the voice of The Funktipus, the DJ of the Funk radio station Bounce FM in the 2004 video game, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, in which his song "Loopzilla" also appeared. Rapper Dr. Dre sampled most of his beats to create his G-Funk music era.

Displaying his influence on rap and hip hop, Clinton also worked with Tupac Shakur on the song "Can't C Me" from the album All Eyez on Me; Ice Cube on the song and video for "Bop Gun " on the Lethal Injection album (which sampled Funkadelic's earlier hit "One Nation Under A Groove"); Outkast on the song "Synthesizer" from the album Aquemini; Redman on the song "J.U.M.P." from the album Malpractice; Souls of Mischief on "Mama Knows Best" from the album Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution; Killah Priest on "Come With me" from the album Priesthood and the Wu Tang Clan on "Wolves" from the album "8 Diagrams".


Clinton founded a record label called The C Kunspyruhzy in 2005. He had a cameo appearance in the season-two premiere of the CBS television sitcom How I Met Your Mother, on September 18, 2006.

"You're Thinking Right", the theme song for The Tracey Ullman Show, was written by Clinton. He appeared on the intro to Snoop Dogg's Tha Blue Carpet Treatment album, released in 2007. Clinton was also a judge for the 5th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.

On September 16, 2008, Clinton released a solo album, George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love on Shanachie Records. Largely a covers album, Gangsters features guest appearances from Sly Stone, El DeBarge, Red Hot Chili Peppers, RZA, Carlos Santana, gospel singer Kim Burrell and more.

On September 10, 2009, George Clinton was awarded the Urban Icon Award from Broadcast Music Incorporated. The ceremony featured former P-Funk associate Bootsy Collins, as well contemporary performers such as Big Boi from Outkast and Cee-Lo Green from Goodie Mob.

On February 1, 2010, Clinton's son, George Clinton, Jr., was found dead in his Florida home. According to police, he had been dead for several days and died of natural causes.

On May 20, 2010, George Clinton received a proclamation from Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs of Plainfield, New Jersey, the city in which he was raised, at a fundraiser for the Barack Obama Green Charter High School, which is focused creating leaders in sustainability for the 21st Century.

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Name Duration Released
It's All in the Game 00:00 2008
Gypsy Woman 00:00 2008
Stillness in Motion 00:00 2008
Pledging My Love 00:00 2008
As In 00:00 2008
Let the Good Times Roll 00:00 2008
Heaven 00:00 2008
Mathematics of Love 00:00 2008
A Thousand Miles Away 00:00 2008
Never Gonna Give You Up 00:00 2008
Sway 00:00 2008
Ain't That Peculiar 00:00 2008
Our Day Will Come 00:00 2008
Heart Trouble 00:00 2008
Flatman and Bobin 00:00 07/1993
Clone Ranger 00:00 07/1993
Ice Melting in Your Heart 00:00 07/1993
I Found You 00:00 07/1993
Eyes of a Dreamer 00:00 07/1993
Thumparella 00:00 07/1993
I Didn't Know That Funk Was Loaded 00:00 07/1993
Intense 00:00 1986
Electric Pygmies 00:00 1986
Mix Master Suite: a) Startin' From Scratch, b) Counter Irritant, c) Nothin' Left To Burn 00:00 1986
Do Fries Go with That Shake? 00:00 1986
Hey Good Lookin' 00:00 1986
Cool Joe 00:00 1986
Pleasures Of Exhaustion 00:00 1985
Bullet Proof 00:00 1985
Double Oh-Oh 00:00 1985
Thrashin' 00:00 1985
Bangladesh 00:00 1985
Bodyguard 00:00 1985
Stingy 06:30 12/1983
Silly Millameter 05:00 12/1983
Last Dance 05:11 12/1983
Quickie 06:30 12/1983
Nubian Nut 05:59 12/1983
Pot Sharing Tots 03:40 1982
Man's Best Friend/Loopzilla 12:46 1982
Get Dressed 03:39 1982
Free Alterations 04:15 1982
Atomic Dog 04:42 1982
Computer Games 06:42 1982
Get Satisfied 03:55
The Flag Was Still There 05:58
Dis Beat Disrupts 03:29
Kickback 03:41
Way Up 05:07
Maximumisness 05:02
Paint The White House Black 07:49
High In My Hello 05:16
Martial Law 07:13
If True Love 03:57
The Big Pump 03:34
Rhythm & Rhyme 05:40
Hollywood 05:21

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