Calvin Simon dies at 79

CALVIN Simon, co-founder of Parliament-Funkadelic, has passed away at the age of 70 as his bandmates mourned the late artist’s death.


Former P-Funk bassist Bootsy Collins announced the death of Calvin. Instagram.

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Calvin co-founded Parliament-Funkadelic.

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He wrote: “We’ve lost another original MP / Funkadelic.”


“Friend, bandmate and cool classic guy, Mr. Calvin Simon was a former MP / Funkadelic.”

“He’s inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen members of P-Funk!”


George Clinton also expressed his condolences and wrote Facebook: “Rest in peace my brother P-Funk.

– Fly, Calvin!

The cause of death was not immediately reported.


The late music star has featured on tracks such as “Give Up the Funk” and “Flash Light”.

Calvin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with the other band members back in 1997. Rolling stone.

COMMENTS

Music fans took to social networks and expressed their condolences to the late artist.


One music lover tweeted: “Yesterday we lost not only the great Sidney Poitier, but also Calvin Simon from P-Funk.”

Another music lover added: “Rest in peace, #CalvinSimon, one of the earliest parliamentarians, funk visionary and West Virginia legend. Let the funk flow, you all. “

A third music lover said, “It’s a sad day, Calvin Simon is dying.”

The fourth person said, “Sad news. Death of Calvin Simon, early MP and longtime MP / Funkadelic. Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rest in strength. “

The commenter mentioned: “Rest in peace, Mr. Calvin Simon. Fly! “

HIS HERITAGE

Calvin joined parliaments in the late 1950s.

He performed with Fuzzy Haskins and Grady Thomas in a band.

He remained a member of the group for many years as it changed and developed. Rolling stone

The band transformed from R&B to acid rock and funk.

It wasn’t until 1977 that Calvin left, citing a dispute over finance and management.

He made his mark on the band during his tenure, contributing to classics such as Mothership Connection and Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome, just to name a few.

Calvin came from humble beginnings.

He was born in Beckley, West Virginia in 1942.

His musical career began with singing in the church choir for weekly radio broadcasts.

When he was 13, his family moved north to New Jersey.

He found a job as a hairdresser and continued to pursue his dream.

After the formation of The Parliaments, he and other founding members moved to Detroit to be closer to Motown.

In 1967, the band made a splash with their song (I Wanna) Testify. In the same year, Calvin was called to Vietnam.

The Parliaments, which eventually changed their name to Parliament, achieved commercial success as an R&B group, while Funkadelic created underground music.

The two bands toured together for many years, from 1976 to 1981.

After leaving the band, Calvin teamed up with some of his former employees to release the Connections & Disconnections album Funkadelic.

They did the same again in 1998 and 2001.

Calvin eventually began writing gospel music under his own label, Simon Sayz.

His album Share the News peaked at # 21 on the Billboard Gospel Albums Chart in 2004.

MEDICAL PROBLEMS

Around the same time, he returned to Beckley to help build a new building for the Heavenly Baptist Church.

While preparing to tour with his gospel album, Calvin was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

He underwent throat surgery and survived.

He has been a member of the group throughout its many evolutions.

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He has been a member of the group throughout its many evolutions.1 credit
He left, citing various controversies, but continued to pursue music.

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He left, citing various controversies, but continued to pursue music.1 credit
His legacy will live on long after his death, as many fans have paid their respects

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His legacy will live on long after his death, as many fans have paid their respects1 credit

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