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The Parliaments

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The Parliaments were an early doo-wop singing group from Plainfield, New Jersey. Formed in the back room of a barbershop, they were a quintet composed of:

* George Clinton
* Stingray Davis
* Fuzzy Haskins
* Calvin Simon
* Grady Thomas

The group was based on Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, but quickly created a unique sound, including, most notably, very bizarre lyrics. While Clinton, the leader of the group, made weekly trips to Detroit to produce for such groups as The Pets and Roy Handy, the Parliaments switched labels repeatedly, releasing several EPs, including Poor Willy/Party Boys (APT), Lonely Island/Cry For Flip (Golden World) and Heart Trouble/That Was My Girl (Golden World) without success. In 1967, the Parliaments released I Wanna Testify for Revilot, and song went to #3 R&B and #20 Pop on the Billboard Music Charts. This was followed by a dispute with Revilot in 1968, and Clinton’s renaming of the group as Funkadelic (which was more in keeping with the musical direction of the group, funk, and integrated the popular genre of psychedelic music), composed of the backing band for the Parliaments, including Billy Bass Nelson. When Revilot declared bankruptcy, the Parliaments were sold to Atlantic Records, and Clinton abandoned doo-wop to avoid working for Atlantic. Funkadelic, and its soon created sister group, Parliament, soon became the legendary creators of funk.

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  • jerrysoandso

    These gentlemen were a pleasure to gig with, and that crazy Grady..

    14 Jul 2010 Reply
  • ashleyrobb

    damn ! thanks chocoreve !

    9 Apr 2010 Reply
  • fleadilla

    man, nobody listens to these guys, do they? people are missing out.

    16 Mar 2010 Reply
  • fleadilla

    totally badass. cop that "testify! the best of the early years". hard as hell to find, but it's out there! great, great, great!

    15 Sep 2009 Reply
  • bonnie_jamie

    try chocoreve

    23 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    I could tell you . . . but I'd have to kill you

    16 Mar 2009 Reply