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Bernie Worrell

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Elevated in Plainfield, NJ, Bernie Worrell was a classically educated pianist at 3 years previous. Throughout his youth he used symphonies and orchestras, and also wrote his very own concerto at age eight. Gradually, he paid attention to the air and discovered noises other than traditional, so when he visited college, he used several bar bands, like the Tavares (who have been referred to as Chubby & the Turnpikes in the past). It had been also for this period that Worrell fulfilled George Clinton, who was simply the vocalist for the Motown-influenced group known as the Parliaments. The Parliaments shortly split and transferred to Detroit, where Clinton re-formed them right into a brand-new group, known as Parliament. Clinton after that formed another part music group, called Funkadelic, many of whose people have been in Parliament but had been now performing beneath the fresh name because of contractual glitches. Worrell became a member of Funkadelic in 1970, you start with their recording Free YOUR BRAIN as well as your Ass WILL OBSERVE. He was an important area of the P-Funk mob and continuing to try out with them till the first ’80s. Then joined Talking Mind as a program man and continued tour together through the entire ’80s, basically dealing with David Byrne as well as the music group right up with their break up in early 1992. Besides his single career, Worrell continuing to utilize people of P-Funk, including Bootsy Collins. His focus on such tracks as “Torch,” “(NOT ONLY) Leg Deep,” and “Cosmic Slop” affected not only additional R&B/soul artists but additionally many rap organizations, who thoroughly sampled his function in their personal tracks. Bernie Worrell passed away of lung tumor at his house in Everson, Washington in June 2016 at 72 years.

Quick Facts


Full Name Bernie Worrell
Died June 24, 2016, Everson, Washington, United States
Profession Actor, Music Producer, Keyboard Player, Film Score Composer
Education New England Conservatory of Music
Nationality American
Spouse Judie Worrell
Music Groups Parliament-Funkadelic, Funkadelic, Talking Heads, Parliament, Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains, Praxis, Paul Shaffer and the World's Most Dangerous Band
Music Songs Burning Down the House, Once in a Lifetime, This Must Be the Place, Maggot Brain, Knee Deep, Girlfriend Is Better, Slippery People, Crosseyed and Painless, Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts, Can You Get to That, You Got Me Wide Open, Hit It and Quit It, Born Under Punches, Making Flippy Floppy, Red Hot Mama, The Great Curve, Houses in Motion, Super Stupid, Love ? Building on Fire, Get Off Your Ass and Jam, I'll Stay, Listening Wind, Nappy Dugout, Good to Your Earhole, Good Old Music, What a Day That Was, Pull Up the Roots, Seen and Not Seen, Swamp, Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow, One Nation Under a Groove, Who Says a Funk Band Can't Play Rock?
Albums All the Woo in the World, One Nation Under a Groove, Funk of Ages, Blacktronic Science, Pieces of Woo: The Other Side, Free Agent: A Spaced Odyssey, Improvisczario, Maggot Brain, Remain in Light, Cosmic Slop, Free Your Mind... and Your Ass Will Follow, The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads, Standing on the Verge of Getting It On, America Eats Its Young, Uncle Jam Wants You, Tales of Kidd Funkadelic, Let's Take It to the Stage, Hardcore Jollies, The Electric Spanking of War Babies, Funkadelic, Stop Making Sense, Speaking in Tongues, Gloryhallastoopid, Elevation (The Upper Air), Standards, Retrospectives, I Don't Even Know, For You • For Us • For All
Movies Stop Making Sense, Ricki and the Flash, Car 54, Where Are You?, Moog, Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth, Moogfest 2006: Live, Parliament Funkadelic: The Mothership Connection: Live 1976, Creative Techniques for Keyboards


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1 Uncle of actor/rapper Derek Barbosa.
2 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 (as a member of Parliament-Funkadelic).


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Straight Outta Compton 2015 writer: "Flash Light", "Mothership Connection Star Child" - as Bernard Worrell
Glastonbury 2015 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014-2015 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
McFarland, USA 2015 writer: "Flashlight" - as Bernard Worrell
Ray Donovan 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
When the Game Stands Tall 2014 writer: "Flashlight" - as Bernard Worrell
Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Video Game writer: "Mothership Connection", "Flashlight"
The Heat 2013/I writer: "Flashlight Serafin & Rev Kev Heat Remix"
This Is the End 2013 writer: "A Joyful Process" - as Bernard Worrell
Love & Air Sex 2013 writer: "Flashlight" - as Bernard Worrell
Finding the Funk 2013 Documentary writer: "Dance to the Music"
A Fantastic Fear of Everything 2012 writer: "Wrong Nigga 2 Fuck Wit" - as G. Worrell
Treme 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance Australia 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Everybody Hates Chris 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Roll Bounce 2005 writer: "Flashlight" - as Bernard S. Worrell
Beauty Shop 2005 writer: "I'll Take Your Man" 1986 - as Bernard Worrell
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004 Video Game writer: "Guerillas in tha Mist" - as Bernard Worrell Jr.
The Cookout 2004 writer: "Flashlight" - as Bernard G. Worrell
Independent Lens 2004 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
True Crime: Streets of LA 2003 Video Game writer: "Flashlight" - as B. Worrell
Coffee and Cigarettes 2003 writer: "A Joyful Process" - as Bernard G. Worrell
Idol 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
How High 2001 writer: "Flashlight" - as Bernard G. Worrell
The Ladies Man 2000 writer: "Up for the Down Stroke" - as Bernard G. Worrell
Romeo Must Die 2000 writer: "Come Back in One Piece" - as Bernard G. Worrell
The Crow: Salvation 2000 writer: "Bad Brother" - as Bernard G. Worrell
Muppets from Space 1999 writer: "Flashlight" - as Bernard Worrell
How Stella Got Her Groove Back 1998 writer: "Flash Light" - as Bernard Worrell
Can't Hardly Wait 1998 writer: "Flashlight" - as Bernard Worrell
Slums of Beverly Hills 1998 writer: "You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks" - as Bernard G. Worrell
Ride 1998 writer: "Let Me Ride" - as Bernard G. Worrell
Friday 1995 performer: "You Got Me Wide Open" / writer: "You Got Me Wide Open" - as B. Worrell
Murder Was the Case: The Movie 1995 Video short writer: "Who Am I What's My Name"
PCU 1994 writer: "Give Up the Funk Tear the Roof Off the Sucker"
Freaked 1993 writer: "Hideous Mutant Freekz"
Pyrates 1991 performer: "BW Jam" / writer: "BW Jam"
Gringo 1985 performer: "This Time You Lose"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Prometo um Dia Deixar Essa Cidade 2014 composer
Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth 2005 Documentary short
Car 54, Where Are You? 1994

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Across the Universe 2007 musician: New York
Superbad 2007 musician: clarinet, organ
Mondialito 2000 musician: keyboards

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ricki and the Flash 2015 Billy
Moogfest 2006: Live 2007 Video

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music 2014 Documentary Himself
Finding the Funk 2013 Documentary Himself
Beware of Mr. Baker 2012 Documentary
Soundcheck Featuring Method of Defiance 2010 Documentary short Keyboard
Unsung 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Keith Richards: Under Review 2007 Video documentary Himself
Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth 2005 Documentary short Himself
Moog 2004 Documentary Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1991 TV Series Himself
Stop Making Sense 1984 Documentary Keyboards
Talking Heads in concerto 1980 TV Movie documentary Keyboards

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Independent Lens 2005 TV Series documentary Himself

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