This U.S. vocal quintet were formed in 1955 by:
George Clinton (b. 22nd July 1940, Kannapolis, North Carolina, U.S.A.)
Raymond Davis (b. 29th March 1940, Sumter, South Carolina, U.S.A.)
Calvin Simon (b. 22nd May 1942, Beckley, West Virginia, U.S.A.)
Clarence 'Fuzzy' Haskins (b. 8th June 1941, Elkhorn, West Virginia, U.S.A.)
Grady Thomas (b. 5th January 1941, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A.)
American funk group, led by George Clinton.
the parliaments in 1966. l to r: raymond davis, calvin simon, clarence haskins, grady thomas and george clinton
Parliament were known originally as The Parliaments, a doo-wop vocal group based at a Plainfield, New Jersey barbershop.
The group achieved a hit single in 1967 with '(I Wanna) Testify' on Revilot Records.
osmium - 1970 / up for the down stroke - 1974 / chocolate city - 1975 / mothership connection - 1975
An album entitled 'Osmium' was released on Invictus Records in 1970.
After this album release, Parliament added to their ranks, keyboardist Bernie Worrell in 1970, singer/guitarist Garry Shider in 1971, and bassist Bootsy Collins in 1972.
The group released the albums 'Up for the Down Stroke' in 1974, with 'Chocolate City' following in 1975.
Later that year, the group moved into the mainstream, with the release of the album 'Mothership Connection' in 1975.
the clones of dr, funkenstein - 1976 / funkentelechy vs the placebo syndrome - 1977 / motor booty affair - 1978 / gloryhallastoopid (pin the tale on the funky) - 1979
This release was followed by the albums 'The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein' (in 1976), 'Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome' (in 1977), and 'Motor Booty Affair' (in 1978).
Singles from these albums, included the number 1 R&B singles 'Flash Light' in 1977, and 'Aqua Boogie' in 1978.
trombipulation - 1980 / p-funk allstars presents dope dogs - 1994
Two further albums followed, which were 'Gloryhallastoopid' (in 1979) and 'Trombipulation' (in 1980).
Parliament were inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
The Associated Press
A judge ruled that American funk music star George Clinton can not keep rights to music he wrote in the late 1970s and early 1980's - work worth more than $100 million in profits.
U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle said Monday that the music written between 1976 and 1983 belonged to Bridgeport Music, a Michigan-based music publishing company that Clinton signed the rights away to in a 1983 contract.
Hinkle also barred Clinton from profiting from the songs, saying the singer did not disclose them in a 1984 bankruptcy filing as possible future income. Clinton, 60, argued that he never signed a valid contract. The lawsuit, filed in 1999, also claimed that he lost money from rap music artists using samples of his old songs but not paying fees.
Clinton declined comment as he left the courthouse, the Tallahassee Democrat reported in its Tuesday editions.
'We literally were expecting millions of dollars out of this,' said Don Wilson, Clinton's attorney. 'This just means we regroup and decide how to exploit the songs we do have rights to.'
Clinton signed the deal so the company could retrieve more than a million dollars advanced to him during his financial troubles in the 1980s, Bridgeport Music president Armen Boladian testified.
A handwriting expert testified that it was likely the signature was indeed Clinton's, refuting Wilson's claim that his client did not sign. Wilson added that the agreement was worthless because Clinton's wife, Stephanie, co-owned the music rights and would have had to also sign the contract.
Clinton, a Tallahassee-area resident, was the founder of the popular funk group Parliament, which later changed its name to Funkadelic. His hits include 'One Nation Under a Groove,' 'Flashlight' and 'Atomic Dog.'
Parliament-Funkadelic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
Parliament previous group members:
Clarence ‘Fuzzy’ Haskins
Billy Bass Nelson
Rodney ‘Skeet’ Curtis
Gary ‘Muddbone’ Cooper
Reunald ‘Renny’ Jones
Jeanette ‘Baby’ Washington
Walter ‘Junie’ Morrison
Robert ‘P-Nut’ Johnson
concert ticket 1978:
Osmium (Invictus Records 1970)
Up For The Down Stroke (Casablanca Records 1974)
Chocolate City (Casablanca Records 1975)
Mothership Connection (Casablanca Records 1976)
The Clones Of Doctor Funkenstein (Casablanca Records 1976)
Parliament Live - P Funk Earth Tour (Casablanca Records 1977)
Funkentelechy Vs The Placebo Syndrome (Casablanca Records 1977)
Motor-Booty Affair (Casablanca Records 1978)
Gloryhallastoopid (Or Pin The Tale On The Funky) (Casablanca Records 1979)
Trombipulation (Casablanca Records 1980)
Dope Dogs (Hot Hands Records 1995)