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George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

Jergels & Drusky Entertainment Presents

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

Wed, February 7, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Jergel's Rhythm Grille

Warrendale, PA

$55.00 - $75.00

$55 advance / $59 day of show / $75 early entry (Early Entry doors open at 5PM!)

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B
during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s
acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone.

The Parliament/Funkadelicmachine ruled black music during the ’70s, capturing over 40
R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums.
Born in Kannapolis, NC, on July 22, 1941, Clinton became interested in doo wop while
living in New Jersey during the early ’50s. . Basing his group on Frankie Lymon & the
Teenagers, Clinton formed The Parliaments in 1955, rehearsing in the back room of a
Plainfield barbershop where he straightened hair. The Parliaments released only two
singles during the next ten years, but frequent trips to Detroit during the mid-’60s –
where Clinton began working as a songwriter and producer – eventually paid off their
investment.

The Parliaments finally had a hit with the 1967 single “(I Wanna) Testify” for the Detroitbased
Revilot Records, but the label ran into trouble and Clinton refused to record any
new material. Instead of waiting for a settlement, Clinton decided to record the same
band under a new name: Funkadelic. Founded in 1968, the group began life as a smoke
screen, claiming as its only members the Parliaments’ backing but in truth including
Clinton and the rest of the former Parliaments lineup. Revilot folded not long after, with
the label’s existing contracts sold to Atlantic; Clinton, however, decided to abandon the
Parliaments name rather than record for the major label.
By 1970, George Clinton had regained the rights to The Parliaments name: he then
signed the entire Funkadelic lineup toInvictus 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.
Inspired by Motown‘s assembly line of sound, George Clinton gradually put together a
collective of over 50 musicians and recorded the ensemble during the ’70s both
as Parliament and Funkadelic. While Funkadelic pursued band-format psychedelic
rock,Parliament engaged in a funk free-for-all, blending influences from the godfathers
(James Brown and Sly Stone) with freaky costumes and themes inspired by ’60s acid
culture and science fiction. From its 1970 inception until Clinton’s dissolving
ofParliament in 1980, Clinton hit the R&B Top Ten several times but truly excelled in
two other areas: large-selling, effective album statements and the most dazzling,
extravagant live show in the business. In an era when Philly soul continued the slick
sounds of establishment-approved R&B, Parliament / Funkadelic scared off more white
listeners than it courted. (Ironically, today Clinton’s audiences are a cross-cultural mix of
music lovers from 8 to 80.)

1978-79 was the most successful year in Parliament/Funkadelic history: Parliament hit
the charts first with “Flash Light,” P-Funk’s first R&B number one. “Aqua Boogie” would
hit number one as well late in the year, but Funkadelic‘s title track to “One Nation Under
a Groove” spent six weeks at the top spot on the R&B charts during the summer. The
album, which reflected a growing consistency in styles
between Parliament and Funkadelic, became the first Funkadelic LP to reach platinum
(the same year that Parliament‘s “Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome” did the
same). In 1979, Funkadelic‘s “(Not Just) Knee Deep” hit number one as well, and its
album (“Uncle Jam Wants You”) also reached platinum status.
During 1980, Clinton began to be weighed down by legal difficulties arising
from Polygram‘s acquisition of Parliament‘s label,Casablanca. Jettisoning both
the Parliament and Funkadelic names (but not the musicians), Clinton began his solo
career with 1982′s “Computer Games”. Several months later, Clinton’s “Atomic Dog” hit
number one on the R&B charts; it stayed at the top spot for four weeks, but only
managed number 101 on the pop charts. Clinton stayed on Capitol for three more
years, releasing three studio albums and frequently charting singles in the R&B Top 40.
Clinton and many former Parliament/Funkadelic members continued to tour and record
throughout the ’80s as the P-Funk All Stars, but the decade’s disdain of everything to do
with the ’70s – especially the sound of disco – resulted in critical and commercial
neglect for the world’s biggest funk band, one which in part had spawned dance music..
During much of the three-year period from 1986 to 1989, Clinton became embroiled in
legal difficulties (resulting from the myriad royalty problems latent during the ’70s with
recordings of over 40 musicians for four labels under three names). Also problematic
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 saw the rise of funk-inspired rap (courtesy of Digital Underground, Dr.
Dre, and Warren G.) and funk rock (Primusand Red Hot Chili Peppers) that reestablished
the status of Clinton & co. as one of the most important forces in the recent
history of black music. Clinton’s music became the soundtrack for the rap movement, as
artists from MC Hammer, to LL Cool J to Snoop Doggy Dogg depended heavily on the
infectious groove of Clinton productions as the foundation of their recordings.
Along with the renewed notoriety and respect, Clinton’s visibility and presence became
familiar to a wider audience thanks to appearances in movies “The Night Before”,
“House Party”, “PCU”, and “Good Burger”, hosting the HBO original series “Cosmic
Slop”, and doing commercials for Apple computers, Nike, and Rio Mp3 players. Clinton
also composed the theme songs for popular TV programs “The Tracey Ulman Show”
and “The PJs”.

Clinton has 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 Partliament/Funkadelic was inducted into
theRock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

In reviewing Clinton’s illustrious career and success as a producer / writer/ performer,
perhaps his greatest achievement stemmed from his relentless dedication to funk as a
musical form. Funk as a musical style had been around for what seems like forever,
deeply rooted in the music traditions of New Orleans and the Blues of the Deep South.
Following the lead – and commercial success – of James Brown and Sly Stone, Clinton
took Funk to new heights, blending elements of Jazz, Rock, Pop, Classical and even
Gospel into his productions, eventually developing a unique and easily identifiable style
affectionately called “Pfunk.” Clinton’s inspiration, dedication and determination resulted
in the elevation of “funk” music to complete recognition and acceptance as a true genre
in and of itself.

On February 16th, 2012 George Clinton added to his list of accomplishments a
Honorary Doctorate of Music from the renowed Berklee College of Music.
Venue Information:
Jergel's Rhythm Grille
103 Slade Lane
Warrendale, PA, 15086
http://jergels.com/