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Bernie Worrell

Bernie Worrell (b. April 19, 1944) is originally from Long Beach, New Jersey but grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey. He is known primarily for his keyboard and production work with Parliament and Funkadelic. By the time he was three years old, Worrell could play the piano. He wrote a concerto at age eight.

As a college student, Worrell played with a group called Chubby & The Turnpikes (later known as The Tavares). He then met George Clinton, then the leader of a doo wop group called The Parliaments. Soon, Worrell, Clinton, The Parliaments and their backing band (Funkadelic) moved to Detroit, Michigan, and became Parliament. During the 1970s, they toured under the names Parliament and Funkadelic. Worrell played the keyboards, and occasionally the organ or other instruments on studio tracks. He officially joined in 1970 with the album Free Your Mind... And Your Ass Will Follow. P Funk (referring to both bands) stopped touring in the early 1980s, and Worrell released several solo albums and also joined The Talking Heads for most of the 80s, leaving when they broke up in 1992. Worrell has recorded extensively with Bill Laswell.

Bernie Worrell (solo) Discography
Year Title Label
1978 All the Woo in the World Arista
1990 B.W. Jam (Rock the House) Rhino
1991 Funk of Ages Gramavision
1993 Pieces of Woo: The Other Side CMP
1993 Blacktronic Science Rhino
1997 Free Agent: A Space Odyssey Black Arc