George Clinton revolutionized funk and R&B at large as the mastermind of Parliament and Funkadelic. Versed in gospel, doo wop, and soul, Clinton -- a singer, songwriter, bandleader, and master conceptualist -- scored his first hit as co-writer and lead vocalist of the Parliaments' "(I Wanna) Testify" (1967), a fiery if tame precursor to what he and his ever-changing collective unleashed the following decade, highlighted by a clutch of animated and everlasting funk classics that topped the R&B chart.
By Andy Kellman for Allmusic.com
George Clinton got his start in professional music as the founder of the Doo Wop group, The Parliaments, which was modeled after Frankie Lymon's group The Teenagers.
New Orleans funk originators.
The first great funk bass player.
The Queen of Funk.
The elemental forces of funk.
The Freaky One.
All about the groove.
It went from the underground club scene to the mainstream.
Polished sound and sophisticated production.
A genre unto himself.