b. George Clinton, 22nd July 1941, Kannapolis, North Carolina, U.S.A.
George Clinton is probably, best remembered for being the man at the helm of the P-Funk movement, which began during the early Seventies.
Born in North Carolina, George grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey.
the parliaments in 1960 (george r.h.s.)
During his teens, he formed his own doo-wop group called the Parliaments, whilst working in a barber shop in his home town.
The Parliaments, originally, included in their line-up, George, Raymond Davis, Gene Boykins, Herbie Jenkins and Glen Carlos.
They released their first record in 1956 called 'Sunday Kind Of Love' b/w 'The Wind'.
party boys b/w poor willie - 1959 / lonely island b/w you make me wanna cry - 1960
When thye Sixties arrived, George found himself at the Motown label, performing the role of a staff writer at the imprint.
His group several minor hits during the decade, including the hit single, '(I Wanna) Testify' in 1967.
They recorded sides for several imprints, including the Apt, Flipp, Golden World, Revilot and Atco labels.
Parliament recorded some early sides for the Invictus label (later signing to Casablanca), whilst Funkadelic were signed to Westbound Records.
After the empire fell into disrepair, in the early Eighties, George began a successful solo career, releasing several albums for Capitol Records in the first half of the decade.
computer games - 1982 / you shouldn't-nuf bit fish - 1983 / some of my best jokes are friends = 1985 / r&b skeletons in the closet - 1986
In 1982 George released the album 'Computer Games' under his own name.
The single 'Loopzilla' reached the Top 20 on the R&B charts.
The follow up 'Atomic Dog', proved to be even more successful reaching number 1 R&B and number 101 on the pop chart.
His follow up Capitol albums included 'You Shouldn't-Nuf Bit Fish' (in 1984), 'Some of My Best Jokes Are Friends' (in 1985, featuring 'Double Oh-Oh') and 'R&B Skeletons in the Closet' (in 1986, featuring 'Do Fries Go With That Shake?').
George then departed the Capitiol label, choosing the Prince owned Paisley Park imprint as his label of choice.
live from houston - 1986 / the cinderella theory - 1989 / sample some of disc - 1993 / hey man, smell my finger - 1993
In 1989, he released 'The Cinderella Theory' followed by 'Hey Man, Smell My Finger' in 1993.
The latter album featured a cameo by ex-NWA artist Dr. Dre, who in turn invited George to guest rap on 'You Don't Wanna See Me' from Dre's collaboration with Ice Cube, 'Helter Skelter'.
t.a.p.o.a.f.o.m. (the awesome power of a fully-operational mothership) - 1996 / live and kickin' - 1997 / 2bb4ur - 2005 / gangsters of love - 2008
George then signed with the Sony 550 Music label and released 'T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. (The Awesome Power of a Fully Operational Mothership)' in 1996, having reunited with several old members of Parliament and Funkadelic.
In 2001, he unsuccessfully attempted to regain the rights to some of his earlier material through the U.S. Courts.
He later founded a record label called The C Kunspyruhzy in 2005.
George has also made a few television appearances including 'How I Met Your Mother', in 2006.
In 2008, George released a solo album, called 'George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love' on Shanachie Records, which featured guest appearances from Sly Stone (on 'Ain't That Peculiar'), Carlos Santana (on 'Gypsy Woman') and Kim Burrell (on 'Mathematics Of Love').
In 2009, George was awarded the Urban Icon Award from Broadcast Music Incorporated.
Tragically, in February 2010, George's son, George Clinton, Jr., was found dead in his Tallahassee, Florida home from natural causes.
Computer Games (Capitol Records 1982)
You Shouldn't Nuf Bit Fish (Capitol Records 1984)
with the P-Funk All Stars:
Urban Dance Moor Guerillas Records (1984)
Some Of My Best Jokes Are Friends (Capitol Records 1985)
R & B Skeletons In The Closet (Capitol Records 1986)
The Cinderella Theory (Paisley Park Records 1989)
Sample A Bit Of Disc And A Bit Of Dat (AEM Records 1993)
Hey Man...Smell My Finger (Paisley Park Records 1993)
A Fifth Of Funk (Castle Communications Records 1995)
The Music Of Red Shoe Diaries (Wenerworld Records 1995)
Mortal Kornbat (London Records 1996)
with the P-Funk All Stars:
The Awesome Power Of A Fully Operational Mothership (Epic Records 1996)
P-Funk All Stars Live At The Beverly Theatre (Westbound Records 1996)
Live And Kickin' (Intersound Records 1997)
500,000 Kilowatts Of P-Funk Power (Live) (Fruit Tree Records 2004)
Funkadelic Live At Montreaux 2004 (Eagle Records 2005)
How Late Do U Have 2 B B 4 UR Absent (C Kunspyruhzy Records 2006)
George Clinton and his Gangsters Of Love (Shanachie Records 2008)