Inspired by Motown, George Clinton put together a band of over 50 musicians to create the ensemble known as Parliament Funkadelic. With heavy influences from James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone and others, Parliament Funkadelic created a unique sound that infused Soul, R&B, and Rock music called P-Funk (Psychedelic Funk, Pure Funk or Plainfield Funk). 1978-79 was the most successful year in Parliament/Funkadelic history: Parliament hit the charts first with “Flash Light,” P-Funk’s first R&B number one. “Aqua Boogie” would hit number one as well late in the
year, but Funkadelic‘s title track to “One Nation Under a Groove” spent six weeks at the top spot on the R&B charts during the summer. The album, which reflected a growing consistency in styles between Parliament and Funkadelic, became the first Funkadelic LP to reach platinum.
The early ’90s saw the rise of funk-inspired rap (courtesy of Digital Underground, Dr. Dre, and Warren G.) and funk rock (Primus and Red Hot Chili Peppers) that re-established the status of Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. as one of the most important forces in the recent history of black music. Clinton’s music became the soundtrack for the rap movement, as artists from MC Hammer, to LL Cool J to Snoop Dogg depended heavily on the infectious groove of Clinton productions as the foundation of their recordings. Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2015, Parliament Funkadelic was segmented into African American History when Goerge Clinton gifted the iconic Mothership to the Smithsoniam’s National Museum of African American History and Culture where it is currently on display.
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