Original "P" (featuring original founding members of Parliament Funkadelic)

Original "P" (featuring original founding members of Parliament Funkadelic)

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Original "P" is a high powered, world premiere funk band which features 2 of the original founding members of Parliament Funkadelic. Guaranteed to set any stage on fire and leave the audience smoking!!

Biography

The ORIGINAL "P" is a 12 piece band featuring original founding members of PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC - Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins and "Shady" Grady Thomas. From the street corners of Plainfield, New Jersey and the Motown boom of Detroit in the early sixties, to the arenas and stadiums in the seventies, to the ROCK and ROLL HALL of FAME in the late 90Õs, itÕs been a long, strange trip for Fuzzy and Grady. Both founding members have been inducted into the ROCK and ROLL Hall of FAME for their contributions with PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC. When they formed PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC in 1970, Fuzzy and Grady had already been performing and recording for over a decade in the PARLIAMENTS, a doo-wop, R&B and Soul band. Throughout the sixties they released a series of doo-wop singles for such labels as ABC and Motown. In 1967, the PARLIAMENTS reached the top 20 on the Billboard charts with their single "(I Wanna) Testify". The changes in the social and musical climate of the sixties, as well as a brief unrewarding stint as vocalists for Motown, brought about the information of PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC. The newly formed PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC began cutting a series of records which cut a flaming path into the hearts and minds of an entire generation. This unit begot the musical genre "Acid Funk". You can hear Fuzzy and Grady on the original recordings of such PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC hits as "Flashlight", "Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)", "Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On" and "Up For The Down Stroke", and on such classic P/Funk albums as "Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow", "Cosmic Slop", "Mothership Connection (Star Child)" and many more. Fuzzy and Grady began their own solo projects shortly before PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC was disbanded in the late seventies. In the mid 90Õs they decided to create a reunion project ORIGINAL "P", along with the late Ray "Stingray" Davis and Calvin Simon. After a successful recording venture, the ORIGINAL "P" decided it was time to take the show on the road. "This act gives us a chance to perform these songs the way they were meant to be heard, with solid arrangements and clear vocal harmonies. We were involved in the creation of these songs and they are our children. TheyÕre why we were inducted into the ROCK and ROLL HALL of FAME." When asked why it was time for this project, Fuzzy said, "ItÕs time to put the fun back in funk!" Now ORIGINAL "P"FUNK is back on tour, playing to sold out venues around the world. Get ready to TEAR THE ROOF OFF THE SUCKA!! OTHER FACTS ABOUT THE FUNK: ("I Just Wanna Testify") reached No.20 on the Billboard pop charts in 1967; when the bands label, Revilot, folded in 1969, it took the name Parliaments with it. Parliament signed to Casablanca Records in 1972. "Tear The Roof Off The Sucker (Give Up The Funk)" hit No. 15 on the pop charts in 1976; "Flashlight" reached No. 16 in 1978. Also in 2004, Rolling Stone magazine listed P/Funk as No. 56 on itÕs list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All-Time. The Rutgers University Pep band frequently plays a version of "Tear The Roof Off The Sucker (Give Up The Funk)" at basketball games. SOURCES: rockhall.com, wikipedia.com, the BILLBOARD BOOK Of Top 40 Hits, the BILLBOARD BOOK Of Top 40 Albums.

Discography

PARLIAMENT

(I Wanna) Testify Ð 7Ó Single 1967
Osmium 1970
Up For The Down Stroke 1974
Chocolate City 1975
Mothership Connection 1975
The Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein 1976
P.Funk Earth Tour ÒLiveÓ 1977

FUNKADELIC

Free Your Mind, Ass Will Follow 1970
Funkadelic 1971
Maggot Brain 1971
America Eats ItÕs Young 1972
Cosmic Slop 1973
Standing On The Verge 1974
LetÕs Take It To The Stage 1975
Tales Of Kidd Funkadelic 1976
Hardcore Jollies 1977

FUZZY HASKINS

A Whole Nother Thang 1976
Radio Active 1978

WHOÕS A FUNKADELIC Ð F. Haskins, G. Thomas & C. Simon

WhoÕs A Funkadelic 1981

ORIGINAL ÒPÓ

WhatÕs Dat ShakinÕ 1998
Hyped Up Westbound Soljaz 2001

Set List

Intro

Night Of The Thumpasorus People

Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On

Medley:
"Funk Is In The House"
"Pumpin' It Up"

Up For The Down Stroke

Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)

P/Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)

Cosmic Slop

Atomic Dawg

Maggot Brain

One Nation Under A Groove

Stomp

Red Hot Mama

Flashlight

Set is about 13 songs and lasts anywhere from 2 hours to 2 1/2 hours long.