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Died On This Date (April 18, 2013) Cordell “Boogie” Mosson / Basssist For Parliament-Funkadelic

Posted by themusicsover on April 18, 2013

Cordell Mosson (Born Cardell Mosson)
October 16, 1952 – April 18, 2013

cordell-mossonCordell “Boogie” Mosson was a longtime member of the legendary funk outfits, Parliament and Funkadelic.  Born in Plainfield, New Jersey, Mosson moved to Canada when he was still a teenager, and it was there that he began playing bass for a group called United Soul.  The band soon caught the ear of George Clinton who produced several of their records.  In 1972, Clinton asked Mosson to join Funkadelic, eventually moving over to Parliament when original bassist, Bootsy Collins decided to focus more on his solo career.  Often overshadowed by all that is Bootsy, Mosson deserves plenty, if not as much credit for the overall P-Funk sound.  He was a key contributor to the group’s output during the mid to late ’70s and performed with the various incarnations of P-Funk up until the time of his death.  In 1997, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Parliament-Funkadelic.  Cordell Mosson was 60 when he passed away on April 18, 2013.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (May 14, 2012) Belita Woods / R&B Singer

Posted by themusicsover on May 14, 2012

Belita Woods
 October 23, 1948 – May 14, 2012

Belita Woods was a Detroit, Michigan soul singer who first commanded attention while fronting Brainstorm during the ’70s.  Beginning as a solo act, Woods released her first single, “Magic Corner,” in 1967.  She later joined Brainstorm who, in 1977, released their debut album, Stormin’.  It included the disco hit, “Love Is Really My Game.”   The following year, Brainstorm released two more albums before Woods went off on her own again.  In 1992, she joined the P-Funk All-Stars, with whom she toured for many years. Through the course of her career, Woods sang on records by the likes of George Clinton, Prince, Bootsy Collins, and Betty Wright.  Belita Woods died of heart failure on May 14, 2012.  She was 63.

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Died On This Date (August 6, 2010) Catfish Collins / Parliament-Funkadelic

Posted by themusicsover on August 6, 2010

Phelps “Catfish” Collins
1944 – August 6, 2010

Catfish Collins is best remembered as the rhythm guitarist on several influential recordings by P-Funk, Parliament-Funkadelic, and Bootsy’s Rubber Band, which was lead by his brother, Bootsy Collins.  During the late ’60s, Collins and his brother, Bootsy, and Phillipe Wynne helped form a band called the Pacemakers, that was soon hired by James Brown and transformed into his legendary backup band, the J.B.’s.  Collins played on such classics as “Super Bad” and “Get Up (I Feel Like A) Sex Machine.”  The Collins brothers eventually left Brown and formed Funkadelic.  Catfish Collins was 66 when he died of cancer on August 6, 2010.

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Died On This Date (July 13, 1984) Philippe Wynne / The Spinners

Posted by themusicsover on July 13, 2010

Philippe Wynne
April 3, 1941 – July 13, 1984

wynnePhilippe Wynne is best remembered as a one-time lead singer for the Spinners during the band’s hit-making years of the ’70s.  Prior to the Spinners, Wynne briefly sang in Bootsy Collins’ Pacesetters and James Brown’s JBs.  With the Spinners, Wynne sang lead on such hits as “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love,” “One Of A Kind Love Affair,” and “The Rubberband Man.”  Wynne left the group in 1977 and briefly sang in George Clinton’s Parliament.  Phillipe Wynne died the day after he suffered a heart attack while performing on stage in Oakland, California.  He was 43.

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