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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

P-Funk Bassist Cordell "Boogie" Mosson, 1952-2013

Posted by on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 8:18 AM

It got lost in the info glut of the Boston Marathon bombing and other bad happenings during the News Week From Hell™, but you should know that Parliament-Funkadelic bassist Cordell “Boogie” Mosson passed away April 18. Cause of death is currently not known. Mosson was 60.

Funkadelic mastermind George Clinton recruited Mosson and guitarist Garry Shider from the New Jersey band United Soul in 1971. A key asset for the hugely influential Funkadelic (and later Parliament), Mosson played on crucial albums such as America Eats Its Young, Cosmic Slop, Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome, and One Nation Under a Groove. His elastic, supremely lubricious bass lines ended up undergirding loads of hiphop tracks through frequent sampling by producers. Although Mosson left P-Funk in the early '80s, he played rhythm guitar and bass for the P-Funk All-Stars on their tour last year.

Mosson is the third P-Funk member to die since 2010: Garry Shider and Phelps "Catfish" Collins passed away that year. You can read an obituary on Mosson from the New Jersey Star-Ledger here. RIP, Boogie.

 

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