More Information about George Clinton
Funk legend George Clinton is planning a Mardi Gras Madness tour in the winter of 2017. Clinton will perform 10 concerts at venues across the United States with his band, Parliament Funkadelic. The tour will kick off in Pittsburgh on February 16 and will conclude in Okeechobee, Florida on March 4. On Fat Tuesday (February 28) Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic will perform at the iconic B.B. King Blues Club in New York City.
History of George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
Clinton was interested in doo wop and formed the Parliaments in 1955 as a teenager. They had their first hit single in 1967 with “(I Wanna) Testify.” After their label, Revilot Records, encountered problems, Clinton decided to record with the same musicians under the new name of Funkadelic. Clinton abandoned the Parliaments name but regained the rights to the name in 1970. He signed the Funkadelic lineup to Invictus Records under the name Parliament.
George Clinton revolutionized R&B in the 1970s. His music was influenced by soul and by several artists from the late 1960s, including Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. During the 1970s, Clinton recorded with over 50 musicians under the names Parliament and Funkadelic. Funkadelic created psychedelic rock, while Parliament focused on free-form funk.
During the 1970s, Parliament and Funkadelic had over 40 R&B singles and three Number Ones. They recorded three platinum albums during that period. 1978 to 1979 was the most successful time for Parliament and Funkadelic.
In 1980, issues with his label led Clinton to stop using the Parliament and Funkadelic names. He began a solo career with the same musicians. Clinton toured and recorded with several members in the 1980s as the P-Funk All Stars.
Influence on Contemporary Artists
Clinton’s music has become popular with a younger generation. He influenced several notable rap and rock artists in the 1990s. He also appeared in numerous films, television shows, and commercials and has won several lifetime achievement awards. In 1997, Parliament/Funkadelic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Clinton and Funkadelic released a 33-track LP entitled First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate in 2014. It was their first album in over 30 years. Contemporary artists Kendrick Lamar and Ice Cube performed on a remix of the single “Ain’t That Funkin’ Hard on You?”
Clinton has collaborated on works by other modern singers and musicians. He sang on “The Lavishments of Light Looking,” a collaboration between Flying Lotus, Thundercat, and Shabazz Palaces as WOKE. Clinton also co-wrote Kendrick Lamar’s song “Wesley’s Theory” and provided vocals for the track, which appears on Lamar’s 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly.
George Clinton co-headlined the AfroPunk NYC Festival with Tyler, the Creator, and Ice Cube in August. In September, he performed with Flying Lotus, Shabazz Palaces, and Thundercat at the Brainfeeder at the Bowl event in Los Angeles.
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