Newswire: R.I.P. Bernie Worrell, of Parliament/Funkadelic and Talking Heads

Pitchfork is reporting that Bernie Worrell, the immensely prolific keyboardist from pioneering funk collective Parliament/Funkadelic, and a frequent collaborator with new wave legends Talking Heads, has died. Worrell was 72, and had been suffering from lung cancer for some time.

A musical prodigy, Worrell began playing piano at the age of 3, and studied music at Julliard and the New England Conservatory Of Music. In the 1970s, he made the acquaintance of George Clinton, leader of doo-wop group The Parliaments, kicking off a musical collaboration that would come to define the sound of American funk. Touring and playing with the group (known as Parliament, Parliament-Funkadelic, P-Funk, and a number of different names) for the next decade, Worrell contributed his skills, both as a pianist and keyboard player, and as a songwriter, to the band’s musical legacy. An avid explorer of electronic instruments, Worrell was one of the first …

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