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Parliament Funkadelic

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Parliament-Funkadelic is a Funk music collective headed by George Clinton, that specialized in the style of music known as P Funk and performed under the names Parliament and Funkadelic (two bands consisting of the same members, recording for different labels), but also in a score of offshoot groups and solo ventures. Recording under myriad names, this group had thirteen Top Ten hits in the U.S. R&B music charts between 1967 and 1983, including six number one hits in the R&B Charts. They were elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Collectively, the group has existed under various names since the 1960s and has been known for top-notch musicianship, politically-charged lyrics, outlandish concept albums, and memorable live performances. Today the band tours as either George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars or George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic.

The etymology of the term P-Funk is subject to multiple interpretations. It has been identified alternately as an abbreviation of “Parliament-Funkadelic”, “pure funk” or “Plainfield Funk”, referring to Plainfield, New Jersey, the hometown of the band’s original line-up. The liner notes of CD versions of the Motor Booty Affair album suggest that the “‘P’ stands for ‘Pure.’” The breakout popularity of Parliament-Funkadelic elevated the status of P-Funk to describe what is now considered to be a genre of music in its own right. Fans of this genre of music often refer to it as “The P.”

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