Tom Petty

Best known as the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Legendary musician, singer and songwriter, Tom Petty, was born October 20, 1950 in Gainesville, Florida. He attended Gainesville High School. His interest in rock and roll music began at age ten when he met Elvis Presley.In the summer of 1961, his uncle was working on the set of Presley’s filmFollow That Dream in nearby Ocala, Florida, and invited Petty to come down and watch the shoot. He instantly became an Elvis Presley fan, and when he returned that Saturday he was greeted by his friend Keith Harben and soon traded his Wham-O slingshot for a collection of Elvis 45s. One of his first guitar teachers was Don Felder, a fellowGainesville resident, who would later join the Eagles. As a young man, Petty worked briefly on the grounds crew for the University of Florida, but never attended as a student. Shortly after forming his musical aspirations, Petty started a band known as the Epics, later to evolve into Mudcrutch. Although the band, which featured future Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, were popular in Gainesville, their recordings went unnoticed by a mainstream audience. However, their only single, “Depot Street”, remains popular amongst fans. The original Mudcrutch included guitarist Danny Roberts who was later replaced by bassist Charlie Souza.

After Mudcrutch split up, Petty reluctantly agreed to pursue a solo career. Tench decided to form his own group. Eventually, Petty and Campbell collaborated with Tench and fellow members Ron Blair and Stan Lynch, resulting in the first lineup of the Heartbreakers. Their eponymous debut album was more successful in Britain than America. The single “Breakdown” was re-released in 1977 after the band toured in the United Kingdom in support of Nils Lofgren. Their second album, You’re Gonna Get It!, featured the singles “I Need to Know” and “Listen To Her Heart”. Their third album, Damn the Torpedoes includes the singles “Don’t Do Me Like That”, “Here Comes My Girl” and “Refugee”. In 1979, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed at a Musicians United for Safe Energy concert at Madison Square Garden in New York singing“Cry To Me” which became a top-ten hit, spawning the hit single “The Waiting”. Petty’s also sang his first duet, “Insider” with Stevie Nicks. In 1985, the band participated in Live Aid, playing four songs at Philadelphia’s John F. Kennedy Stadium. The album Southern Accents was also released in 1985which included the hit single “Don’t Come Around Here No More”, The ensuing tour led to the live album Pack Up the Plantation: Live! Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers joined Bob Dylan on his True Confessions Tour and also played some dates with the Grateful Dead in 1986 and 1987. They also released Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) which includes “Jammin’ Me” which Petty wrote with Dylan.

In 1988, Petty became a founding member of the Traveling Wilburys, along with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne. The band’s first song, “Handle With Care”, was followed by the album, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1. A second Wilburys album, entitledTraveling Wilburys Vol. 3 and recorded without the recently deceased Roy Orbison, followed in 1990. Petty has also begun to incorporate Travelling Wilburys songs into his live shows, such as “Handle With Care” and “End of the Line”. In 1989, Petty released the album Full Moon Fever, which featured hits “I Won’t Back Down”, “Free Fallin’” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream”. Mike Campbell co-produced the album with Petty and Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra, and backing musicians included Campbell, Lynne, and fellow Wilburys Roy Orbison and George Harrison (Ringo Starr appears on drums in the video for “I Won’t Back Down”.Petty & the Heartbreakers released Into the Great Wide Open in 1991, which was co-produced by Jeff Lynne and included the hit singles “Learning To Fly” and “Into The Great Wide Open”, featuring Johnny Depp, Gabrielle Anwar, Faye Dunaway, and Matt LeBlanc in the video. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers then recorded two new songs for the Greatest Hits. “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and Thunderclap Newman’s “Something in the Air”. Petty’s next solo album, 1994’s Wildflowers included the singles “You Don’t Know How It Feels”, “You Wreck Me,” “It’s Good to Be King” and “A Higher Place”.

In 1996, Petty, and the Heartbreakers, released a soundtrack to the movie She’s the One, starring Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston. Featuring the songs “Walls (Circus)” (featuring Lindsey Buckingham), “Climb that Hill”, “Change the Locks.” and a cover of “Asshole,” by Beck and also accompanied Johnny Cash on Unchained for which Cash won aGrammy for Best Country Album). In 1994 a Tom Petty released a tribute album entitled You Got Lucky featuring Everclear and Silkworm and in April 1996, Petty received the UCLA’s George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Golden Note Award. In 1999 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and released another album which featured the songs , “Room at the Top” and “Free Girl Now”.Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers played “I Won’t Back Down” at the America: A Tribute to Heroes benefit concert for victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. In 2002, he played “Taxman”, “I Need You”, and “Handle With Care” (joined by Jeff Lynne, Dhani Harrison, and Jim Keltner) at the Concert for George in honour of Petty’s friend and former bandmate George Harrison and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and also released the album The Last DJ.

In 2005, Petty received the Billboard Century Award for his lifetime achievements. And in 2006, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers received the keys to the city ofGainesville, Florida, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio also featured an exhibit of Tom Petty items. In 2005, Petty began hosting his own show “Buried Treasure” on XM Radio and In February 2006, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers headlined the fifth annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, followed by a Tom & the Heartbreakers’ “30th Anniversary Tour”, with Special guests including Stevie Nicks, Pearl Jam, the Allman Brothers, Trey Anastasio, Eddie Vedder, The Derek Trucks Band, and the Black Crowes. Petty also released a new solo album titled Highway Companion, which was promoted on the “30th Anniversary Tour” in 2006 with performances of the songs “Saving Grace”, “Square One”, “Down South,” and “Flirting with Time”.

In 2007, Petty joined Tom Leadon, Randall Marsh, Benmont Tench & Mike Campbell to reform Mudcrutch and released a new album in 2008 and in 2007, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers joined Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Norah Jones, Lenny Kravitz and Paul McCartney to pay tribute to Fats Domino on the double-CD covers set Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino, to raise money to rebuild parts of NewOrleans damaged by Hurricane Katrina, singing a cover of “I’m Walkin’”. In 2010 Steve Winwood ,joined Petty and the Heartbreakers on their North American tour at select shows. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers also performed during the halftime-show of Super Bowl XLII playing “American Girl”, “I Won’t Back Down”, “Free Fallin’”, and “Runnin’ Down a Dream. In 2010 The Heartbreakers also released the Album, Mojo and also appeared as musical guests on the season finale of Saturday Night Live. .

Tom Petty also appears in many films including the 1978 film FM and 1987’s Made in Heaven and also appeared in several episodes of It’s Garry Shandling’s Show andwas also featured in Shandling’s other show, The Larry Sanders Show. He also appeared in the 1997 movie The Postman, with Kevin Costner. In 2002, he appeared on The Simpsons along with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards,Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello, and Brian Setzer and also has a role in the animated comedy series King of the Hill. Peter Bogdanovich has also made a documentary film on Petty’s career entitled Runnin’ Down A Dream.

Sadly Tom Petty tragically died 2nd October 2017 at the age of 66 after having a full cardiac arrest at his Malibu home Sunday night. He was found unconscious and not breathing and was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital And put on life support.

Snow Patrol

Best known as the bass guitarist for Northern Irish alternative rock band Snow Patrol, Scottish musician,  Paul “Pablo” Wilson was born 20 October 1978 in Kinlochleven where he attended the Kinlochleven High School. He always wanted to be a musician and has said that it is the only thing “he’s ever done”. He has said that if he couldn’t be a musician, he would have worked as a music producer or teach children how to be in a band. Wilson is a multi-instrumentalist, and can play instruments such as piano, guitar, bass, drums and banjo. He went to music school to learn the piano, and in his own words, can “play most things unless they have to be blown into”. He has been friends with members of Snow Patrol since 1995.

His music career began In 2000, whem he joined Glasgow band Terra Diablo as guitarist. Whenever Terra Diablo supported Snow Patrol on tours, Wilson joined Snow Patrol on-stage as an unofficial member, contributing guitar and keyboards. He once joked that he agreed to tour with Snow Patrol only the condition that Terra Diablo could tour with them. Wilson left Terra Diablo in 2005, the reasons for which were not made public. On 16 March 2005, Snow Patrol bassist Mark McClelland was fired from the band. Vocalist Gary Lightbody asked Wilson to replace him. He accepted, and switched to the bass guitar when he joined the band.Wilson has been friends with the band years before he joined them and even Terra Diablo, and had contributed guitar and keyboards as an unofficial live member. He played his first show as permanent member in Dingle on 1 April 2005. In October 2006, during the Eyes Open Tour, he injured his left arm and shoulder. Though wanting to continue, the band thought better and six concerts were subsequently cancelled. He plays left-handed and generally uses a black Rickenbacker on-stage. He is a multi-instrumentalist and is trained in piano. Apart from his work with Snow Patrol, Wilson also guested on Film School’s 2007 album Hideout.

Mark King (Level 42)

Mark King, the Bass Player and vocalist with English pop rock and jazz-funk band Level 42 was Born October 20th 1958. The band had a number of worldwide and UK hits during the 1980s and 1990s & gained fame for their high-calibre musicianship—in particular that of Mark King, whose percussive slap-bass guitar technique provided the driving groove of many of the band’s hits. The band are also known for the combination of King’s lead vocals and keyboard player Mike Lindup’s falsetto backing vocals. Level 42 were formed after Mark King and the Gould brothers (Phil and Rowland, A.K.A “Boon”) played together in various bands during their teenage years. Phil Gould went on to study at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he met keyboard player Mike Lindup in a percussion course. Both musicians found that they shared musical heroes: Miles Davis, John McLaughlin, Keith Jarrett and Jan Hammer. Boon Gould also playing bass guitar and saxophone and Lindup doubling on keyboards and drums. Mark King was primarily a drummer, but also played guitar.

The developing band (at this point, entirely an instrumental act) took the name Level 42 and settled on a working line-up of King (bass guitar, percussion), Lindup (keyboards, percussion), Boon Gould (guitar, saxophone) and Phil Gould (drums).In 1981 they released their first single, “Love Games”, which became a Top 40 hit. then cut their critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album, which was an immediate success throughout Europe. The band quickly established themselves as concert favourites, taking advantage of the high performance skills of all four members. Polydor capitalised on the band’s success by releasing a second album, The Early Tapes later in the same year. This was a compilation of material and is also known by an alternate name, Strategy. In 1982 Level 42 released their third album The Pursuit of Accidents. This was a further development of the Level 42 formula, maintaining their instrumental jazz-funk skills and styling but also experimenting further with pop songs, singles from the album were “Weave Your Spell” and “The Chinese Way”.

A fourth album, Standing in the Light, was released in 1983 It was less experimental and jazzy than previous releases & provided them with their first UK Top Ten hit The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up). The 1984 album True Colours veered stylistically between funk, power pop, mid-tempo rock and moody ballads & yielded the singles “The Chant Has Begun” and “Hot Water”. During the same year, Mark King released his first solo album Influences on which he played the majority of the instruments (with a guest appearance by Aswad’s Drummie Zeb, and with Lindup guesting on additional keyboards).The next studio album, World Machine, was released in 1985 gaining positive reviews from critics. By this time, the band had moved on from their original pure jazz-funk sound towards a much more mainstream pop/R’n’B sound, with King’s bass and Lindup and Badarou’s chugging keyboards serving as templates for smart pop songs such as “Something About You” and “Leaving Me Now”. The “Lessons in Love” single arrived in early 1986—a song that would soon appear on 1987′s Running in the Family album. The song was a massive international hit and became the band’s biggest seller.Keeping up the momentum, the band played at the Prince’s Trust concert in July 1987, with Eric Clapton standing in on lead guitar for a performance of Running in the Family. Sadly During 1987, both Phil Gould and Boon Gould left Level 42 before The next album Staring at the Sun was released.

Then During 1989, Alan Murphy contracted pneumonia, which was complicated by the fact that he was already suffering from AIDS. His decline was rapid, and he died on 19 October 1989. This was a huge shock to the band, who had not known of Murphy’s condition and who had grown so fond of him that they stated at the time that they “could not replace Alan.”Devastated, Level 42 took a year off to regroup and rethink. In 1990 they released their next album, Guaranteed which was well received by American music critics, who appreciated the group’s musicianship and regarded it as Level 42′s most musically sophisticated work to date. In early 1993, Gary Husband left Level 42 and in 1994 it was announced that Level 42 would be disbanding permanently following their concert commitments. Having been a very successful live and studio band in the 1980s, Level 42′s commercial profile diminished during the early 1990s following a series of personnel changes and musical shifts. After disbanding in 1994, the band again reformed in 2001.

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry

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American guitarist, singer and songwriter Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry was born October 18, 1926. He is considered one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as “Maybellene” , “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Rock and Roll Music” and “Johnny B. Goode”, Chuck Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive, with lyrics focusing on teen life and consumerism and utilizing guitar solos and showmanship that would be a major influence on subsequent rock music.

He was Born into a middle-class family in St. Louis, Missouri, and Berry had an interest in music from an early age and gave his first public performance at Sumner High School. While still a high school student he served a prison sentence for armed robbery between 1944 and 1947. On his release, Berry settled into married life and worked at an automobile assembly plant. By early 1953, influenced by the guitar riffs and showmanship techniques of blues player T-Bone Walker, he was performing in the evenings with the Johnnie Johnson Trio. His break came when he traveled to Chicago in May 1955, and met Muddy Waters, who suggested he contact Leonard Chess of Chess Records. With Chess he recorded “Maybellene” — Berry’s adaptation of the country song “Ida Red” — which sold over a million copies, reaching No. 1 on Billboard’s Rhythm and Blues chart.

By the end of the 1950s, Berry was an established star with several hit records and film appearances to his name as well as a lucrative touring career. He had also established his own St. Louis-based nightclub, called Berry’s Club Bandstand. But in January 1962, Berry was sentenced to three years in prison for offenses under the Mann Act — after having transported a 14-year-old girl across state lines.

After his release in 1963, Berry had several more hits, including “No Particular Place to Go,” “You Never Can Tell,” and “Nadine,” but these did not achieve the same success, or lasting impact, of his 1950s songs, and by the 1970s he was more in demand as a nostalgic live performer, playing his past hits with local backup bands of variable quality. His insistence on being paid in cash led to a jail sentence in 1979 — four months and community service for tax evasion.

Chuck Berry sadly died March 18, 2017 However Berry has a long lasting legacy and his influence on modern music can still be felt today. He was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986, with the comment that he “laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance.” He is also included in several Rolling Stone “Greatest of All Time” lists, including being ranked fifth on their 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll included three of Chuck Berry’s songs: “Johnny B. Goode,” “Maybellene,” and “Rock and Roll Music.”

Bob Mould (Sugar Hüsker Du)

Bob Mould the American musician with the alternative rock bands Hüsker Dü and Sugar and successful solo artist, was born 16th October 1960. Hüsker Dü were formed in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1979, with guitarist/vocalist Bob Mould, bassist Greg Norton, and drummer/vocalist Grant Hart. They first gained notice as a hardcore punk band with thrashing tempos and screamed vocals, but band developed a more melodic musical style as they drifted away from their early sound, helping to develop the alternative rock sound in the process. Mould and Hart split the songwriting and singing duties; Mould’s lyrics were known for being more soul-searching and intense than the often whimsical and cryptic ones of Hart .They released a series of albums including Zen Arcade (1984) and New Day Rising (1985). Sadly Hüsker Dü broke up in 1987 without having achieved a popular breakthrough, but they influenced later pop punk and alternative rock bands. Mould released two solo albums before forming Sugar in the early 1990s, while Hart released a solo album on SST and later formed Nova Mob. Norton has been less active musically since Hüsker Dü’s demise and has focused on being a restaurateur.

Bob Mould – HUBCAP http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FvUkI6P5cEU
SUGAR – FILE UNDER EASY LISTENING http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=a8GQRO6AeT4

Sugar were Formed in 1992, by singer and guitarist Bob Mould (ex-Hüsker Dü), bassist David Barbe (ex-Mercyland) and drummer Malcolm Travis (ex-Human Sexual Response). Their first concert was on February 20, 1992, at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia, after a few weeks warming up in R.E.M.’s downtown practice space. Later in 1992, the band released the album Copper Blue, which was named Album Of The Year 1992 by the NME. The following year they released Beaster, an EP of material recorded during the Copper Blue sessions. The single “If I Can’t Change Your Mind” was a moderate success in the UK Singles Chart. After an abortive attempt to record a second album, the band regrouped and released File Under: Easy Listening in September 1994. It reached No. 7 in the UK Albums Chart.A b-side compilation album, Besides, followed in July 1995. Mould broke the band up in spring 1996, because Barbe wished to spend more time with his growing family and expand his solo career. Travis took over the drumming slot in Kustomized. Bob Mould spent the summer of 2012 touring and playing Copper Blue in its entirety. Mould has since released the splendidly rocking solo albums Hubcap, Silver Age and Patch the Sky.

Red Hot Chili Peppers🌶

Flea, a.k.a Michael Balzary, the Australian-American bass player, songwriter, and actor (Red Hot Chili Peppers, What Is This?, Atoms for Peace, and Fear) was born 16 October 1962. Formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ musical style is a mix of funk, alternative rock, hard rock and punk rock. The band’s influences include Defunkt, Parliament-Funkadelic, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Gang of Four, Bob Marley, Big Boys, Sly and the Family Stone, Ohio Players, Queen, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Black Flag, Ornette Coleman, Led Zeppelin, Bad Brains, Fugazi, Fishbone, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, Santana, Elvis Costello, The Stooges, The Clash, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Devo, and Miles Davis. Live, they incorporate many aspects of jam rock due to the improvised nature of much of their performances. Currently, the band consists of founding members Anthony Kiedis (vocals) and Michael “Flea” Balzary (bass), longtime drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who joined in late 2009, following the departure of John Frusciante.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have won seven Grammy Awards and sold over 80 million albums worldwide. In 2012 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.The band’s original line-up featured guitarist Hillel Slovak and drummer Jack Irons, alongside Kiedis and Flea. Because of commitments to other bands, the two did not play on the debut album, The Red Hot Chili Peppers (1984). Cliff Martinez was the drummer for the first two records (Irons played on the third), and guitarist Jack Sherman played on the first. Slovak performed on two albums with the band (the second and third), Freaky Styley (1985) and The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987); he died of a heroin overdose in 1988, resulting in drummer Irons’ departure. Parliament-Funkadelic guitarist DeWayne McKnight was brought in to replace Slovak though his tenure was short and he was replaced by John Frusciante in 1988. Former Dead Kennedys drummer D.H. Peligro was brought in to replace Irons though after a short tenure with the band he was out and replaced by Chad Smith that same year. The line-up of Flea, Kiedis, Frusciante and Smith was the longest-lasting, and recorded five studio albums starting with 1989′s Mother’s Milk.In 1990, the group signed with Warner Bros. Records and recorded under producer Rick Rubin the album Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991), which became the band’s first commercial success. Frusciante grew uncomfortable with the success of the band and left abruptly in 1992, in the middle of the album tour. His use of heroin increased. After recruiting guitarist Arik Marshall to complete the tour, Kiedis, Flea, and Smith employed Jesse Tobias though after a few weeks he was replaced by Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction for their subsequent album, One Hot Minute (1995). Although commercially successful, the album failed to match the critical or popular acclaim of Blood Sugar Sex Magik, selling less than half as much as its predecessor.

Navarro left the band in 1998. Frusciante, fresh out of drug rehabilitation, rejoined the band that same year at Flea’s request. The reunited quartet returned to the studio to record “Californication(“1999), which became the band’s biggest commercial success with 15 million copies worldwide. That album was followed three years later by “By the Way” (2002), and then four years later by the double album “Stadium Arcadium” (2006), their first number one album in America. After a world tour, the group went on an extended hiatus. Frusciante announced he was amicably leaving the band to focus on his solo career. Josh Klinghoffer, who had worked both as a sideman for the band on their Stadium Arcadium tour and on Frusciante’s solo projects, joined as lead guitarist in 2009. Their tenth studio album, “I’m with You”, was released in 2011 and their Eleventh Album “The Getaway” was released in 2016.

Cordell Mosson (Parliament Funkadelic)

Cordell Mosson, American bass player with Parliament-Funkadelic was born 16 October 1952. Parliament Funkadelic were a collective of musicians led by George Clinton who pioneered late 1960s and early ’70s funk. The fusion of R&B rhythms, infectious melodies, and psychedelia and also created a new pop/soul/rock hybrid called Funkadelic, the impact of which has proven lasting and widespread. George was the also the mastermind of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic during the 1970s.The collective’s origins date back to the doo-wop group The Parliaments, which was formed in the late 1950s in Plainfield, New Jersey by a then teenage George Clinton and For a period in the 1960s Clinton was also a staff songwriter for Motown. Despite initial commercial failure (and one major hit single, “(I Wanna) Testify” in 1967), The Parliaments eventually found success under the names Parliament and Funkadelic in the seventies as a funk, soul and rock music collective headed by George Clinton. Funkadelic had a psychedelic rock touch whose influences include the amplifier sounds of Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, James Brown’s funk, blues, Sun Ra’s experimentation, Frank Zappa’s and the Coasters’ humour, the concept albums of the Beatles and the Who and southern soul artists like Otis Redding and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, other influences also include the funky side of Hendrix and Sly Stone, Motown soul groups turned funk groups like the Temptations, the political songs of the Impressions, Rufus Thomas’ southern funk, doo-wop groups like the Coasters for the humour and Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers. Their style has been dubbed P-Funk.

Collectively the group has existed under various names since the 1960s and has been known for top-notch musicianship, politically charged lyrics, outlandish concept albums and memorable live performances. Overall, the collective achieved thirteen top ten hits in the American R&B music charts between 1967 and 1983, including six number one hits and and three platinum albums.By the early 1980s, Clinton consolidated the collective’s multiple projects and continued touring under the names “George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars” or “George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic”. In 1982, Clinton released the songs Computer Games and “Atomic Dog”. During 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 (Live from the Summit, Houston, Texas) and charting three singles in the R&B Top 30, “Nubian Nut”, “Last Dance”, and “Do Fries Go with That Shake?”.

In 1985, George Clinton 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.Clinton 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 also contribute to several tracks on Primal Scream’s studio album Give Out But Don’t Give Up, and also sang “Mind Games” on the John Lennon tribute Working Class Hero. 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 (One Nation)” 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.

Mosson sadly passed away 18 April 2013. however in 1997 all Sixteen members of Parliament-Funkadelic (Including Clinton) were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and P-Funk’s effect on modern popular music is still immense. Besides their innovation in the entire genre of funk music, George Clinton and P-Funk are still heard often today, especially in hip-hop sampling. The song “Atomic Dog” is one of the most sampled songs in the history of hip hop, especially in the sub-genre G-funk. The Red Hot Chili Peppers video for their 2006 single Dani California featured a tribute to Parliament-Funkadelic. Parliament-Funkadelic’s musical influence can also be heard in R&B, Soul music, Electronica, Gospel, Jazz, and New Wave.