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RIP: Parliament-Funkadelic Co-Founder Calvin Simon Dies at 79

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Another original founding member of the iconic Parliament-Funkadelic has left us, as Calvin Simon, has died.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member was 79 and a cause of death has not been released. “A friend, bandmate & a cool classic guy, Mr. Calvin Simon was a former member of Parliament/Funkadelic. He’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen members of P-Funk,” Bootsy Collins wrote on Instagram on Friday, Jan. 7, confirming his death.

Born in 1942 in West Virginia, Simon was a devoted member and choir presence at his church.

He would later relocate to New Jersey with his family as a teen, where he would go on to work as a barber. By the late 1950s, Simon joined the group, originally known as the Parliaments, a doo-wop quintet with fellow barbers George Clinton and Grady Thomas, and customers Ray Davis and Fuzzy Haskins.

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Reply #1 posted 01/10/22 4:44pm

mrwiggles

Brilliant musician percussion man and unsung lead vocalist. Do yourself a favor and seek out his 3 gospel albums of his own brand of "Sanctified Funk". RIP

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Reply #2 posted 01/11/22 12:47pm

woogiebear

Parliament's "Oh Lord, Why Lord" w/Him and Ruth Copeland: SPINE-TINGLING!!!

Fly on, Mr. Calvin Simon. And THANK U!!!!

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Reply #3 posted 01/12/22 6:34am

CoolMF

Can anyone cite any specific P-Funk songs that Calvin Simon song vocals on- lead or co-lead?

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Reply #4 posted 01/12/22 1:29pm

mrwiggles

CoolMF said:

Can anyone cite any specific P-Funk songs that Calvin Simon song vocals on- lead or co-lead?

Qualify and Satisfy he is singing lead

He sings a good bit of I Bet You as well

Oh Lord, Why Lord

I Misjudged You

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Reply #5 posted 01/14/22 1:05pm

funkaholic1972

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It is sad to keep reading news about the stars of old dying, although I know it is inevitable. Thank you Calvin for the music, I am a huge P-Funk fan. Rest in peace now, keep on funkin' in heaven!

RIP Prince: thank U 4 a funky Time...
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