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The mastermind of the Parliament/Funkadelic collective during the 1970s, George Clinton broke up both bands by 1981 and began recording solo albums, occasionally performing live with his former bandmates as the P.Funk All-Stars. Born in Kannapolis, North Carolina, on July 22, 1941, Clinton became interested in doo wop while living in New Jersey during the early '50s. He formed the Parliaments in 1955, based out of a barbershop back room where he straightened hair. The group had a small R&B hit during 1967, but Clinton began to mastermind the Parliaments' activities two years later. Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, the group revolutionized R&B during the '70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-'60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled black music during the '70s, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums. By 1980, George Clinton began to be weighed down by legal difficulties arising from Polygram's acquisition of Parliament's label, Casablanca. Jettisoning both the Parliament and Funkadelic names (but not the musicians), Clinton signed to Capitol in 1982 both as a solo act and as the P.Funk All-Stars. His first solo album, 1982's Computer Games, contained the Top 20 R&B hit "Loopzilla." Several months later, the title track from Clinton's Atomic Dog EP hit number one on the R&B charts; it stayed at the top spot for four weeks, but only managed number 101 on the pop charts. Clinton stayed on Capitol for three more years, releasing three studio albums and frequently charting singles -- "Nubian Nut," "Last Dance," "Do Fries Go With That Shake" -- in the R&B Top 40. During much of the three-year period from 1986 to 1989, Clinton became embroiled in legal difficulties (resulting from the myriad royalty problems latent during the '70s with recordings of over 40 musicians for four labels under three names). Also problematic during the latter half of the '80s was Clinton's disintegrating reputation as a true forefather of rock; by the end of the decade, however, a generation of rappers reared on P-Funk were beginning to name check him. In 1989, Clinton signed a contract with Prince's Paisley Park label and released his fifth solo studio album, The Cinderella Theory. After one more LP for Paisley Park (Hey Man, Smell My Finger), Clinton signed with Sony 550. His first release, 1996's T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. ("the awesome power of a fully operational mothership"), reunited the funk pioneer with several of his Parliament/Funkadelic comrades from the '70s. Clinton's Greatest Funkin' Hits (1996) teamed old P-Funk hits with new-school rappers such as Digital Underground, Ice Cube, and Q-Tip. [See Also: Parliament, Funkadelic] ~ John Bush
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Top Tracks

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  2.   Atomic Dog
  3.   Heaven featuring George Clinton & His Gangsters of Love
  4.   Do Fries Go With That Shake
  5.   Loopzilla
  6.   Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off)
  7.   We Want the Funk
  8.   Knee Deep
  9.   Make My Funk the P-Funk by George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars
  10.   Whatchamacallit
  11.   Misunderstood by Mico Wave
  12.   Mothership Connection Starchild
  13.   Maggot Brain
  14.   Bangladesh
  15.   If Anybody Gets Funked Up (It's Gonna Be You)
  16.   Atomic Frog
  17.   Heart Trouble
  18.   Gypsy Woman
  19.   Bounce 2 This
  20.   Up for the Downstroke
  21.   Something Stank
  22.   Flashlight/Get Low
  23.   Funk 'n' Bop
  24.   Aquaboogie
  25.   R&B Skeletons (In the Closet)
  26.   You Shouldn't-Nuf Bit Fish
  27.   State of the Nation by George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars
  28.   Pepe
  29.   Let's Take It to the Stage by George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars
  30.   Funk Gettin' Ready to Roll
  31.   Cosmic Slop
  32.   Flatman & Bobbin by George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars
  33.   Let The Good Times Roll
  34.   Pleasures of Exhaustion (Do It till I Drop)
  35.   Some of My Best Jokes Are Friends
  36.   Standing on the Verge by George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars
  37.   Never Gonna Give You Up
  38.   Heart Trouble
  39.   Gagaga Chant/ Up for the Downstroke
  40.   Crazy
  41.   I'll Bet You
  42.   I Wana Know If It's Good to You
  43.   Bop Gun
  44.   Never Gonna Give You Up
  45.   Mathematics of Love
  46.   Stillness in Motion by George Clinton & His Gangsters of Love
  47.   A Thousand Miles Away
  48.   Sway
  49.   Our Day Will Come
  50.   It's All in the Game
  51.   Pledging My Love
  52.   Mathematics of Love
  53.   Ain't That Peculiar
  54.   Not Just Knee Deep
  55.   Sentimental Journey
  56.   One Nation Under a Groove by P-Funk All Stars
  57.   Red Hot Mama
  58.   Dog Talk by Pretty C
  59.   Stingy
  60.   Last Dance
  61.   Nubian Nut
  62.   Bodyguard
  63.   Double Oh-Oh
  64.   Bullet Proof
  65.   Ain't Nuthin' But Jam Y'all by George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars
  66.   Let's Get Satisfied/Dope Dog
  67.   Good Love by George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars
  68.   Funkentelechy by George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars
  69.   Hey Good Lookin'
  70.   Break My Heart
  71.   Flashlight (Reprise)
  72.   Booty Body Ready For the Plush Funk
  73.   Intense
  74.   T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. (Fly Away) by George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars
  75.   Get Your Funk On by George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars
  76.   Let's Get Funky by George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars
  77.   Underground Angel by George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars
  78.   Hard as Steel
  79.   Mathematics by George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars
  80.   Summer Swim by George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars
  81.   Computer Games
  82.   Pot Sharing Tots
  83.   Flash Light by P-Funk All Stars
  84.   Stuffs and Things
  85.   Fever featuring George Clinton & His Gangsters of Love
  86.   Funky Kind (Gonna Knock It Down)
  87.   Let's Take It to the Stage/Do That Stuff
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