Here’s why this album should be in your collection!
Keep Running, Mississippi is a fictional town mentioned in “Music For My Mother,” a bluesy funk single released in 1969 by Funkadelic. “I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody’s Got a Thing,” and “I Bet You,” soon followed. All three singles were included in Funkadelic, the self-titled debut album on Westbound Records.
The Parliaments began as doo-wop singers in New Jersey. “(I Wanna) Testify,” their signature song, also became a hit for Johnnie Taylor. George Clinton moved to Detroit and wrote hits for Edwin Starr and Darrell Banks on labels owned by Ed Wingate. When Berry Gordy bought Wingate’s assets, Clinton and the artists joined Motown. “I Bet You” was covered by The Jackson Five. By then, Clinton had founded Funkadelic and reassembled The Parliaments to provide vocal support.
“Mommy What’s a Funkadelic” and “What Is Soul,” heralded Clinton’s intentions to expand musical boundaries. By 1974, using interchangeable musicians and vocalists on various labels, Parliament was releasing monster dance jams and Funkadelic was making sardonic social commentary.
On the way to the Rock Hall of Fame, Clinton, Bernie Worrell, Eddie Hazel, Clarence “Fuzzy” Haskins, Ramon “Tiki” Fulwood, Billy “Bass” Nelson, and Grady Thomas became funk legends.
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Here’s an interesting fact!
Keep Running may not exist, but sundown towns were dangerously real in many parts of the USA.