Parliament-Funkadelic singer Robert P-Nut Johnson dies

(March 17, 2017) He was a key part of two of the greatest funk acts of all time. Robert “P-Nut” Johnson, whose voice drove forward Bootsy’s Rubber Band and later Parliament-Funkadelic, died yesterday. Johnson had been ill for some time and was on a ventilator in his final days.

It was typically difficult to parse out credits in the ponderous releases of the George Clinton and Bootsy Collins world, but Johnson contributed to many classic releases such as Motor Booty Affair and Gloryhallastoopid both vocally and occasionally in production. His tenor voice could get into the gutter and soar to powerful falsettos, and always seemed just right for the eclectic production that surrounded him. He most recently participated in the surprisingly popular 2014 Funkadelic release, First Ya Gotta Shake The Gate.

(March 17, 2017) He was a key part of two of the greatest funk acts of all time. Robert “P-Nut” Johnson, whose voice drove forward Bootsy’s Rubber Band and later Parliament-Funkadelic, died yesterday. Johnson had been ill for some time and was on a ventilator in his final days.

It was typically difficult to parse out credits in the ponderous releases of the George Clinton and Bootsy Collins world, but Johnson contributed to many classic releases such as Motor Booty Affair and Gloryhallastoopid both vocally and occasionally in production. His tenor voice could get into the gutter and soar to powerful falsettos, and always seemed just right for the eclectic production that surrounded him. He most recently participated in the surprisingly popular 2014 Funkadelic release, First Ya Gotta Shake The Gate.

In a period where we’ve lost so many musical warriors, we say another sad goodbye to an extremely talented singer who brought many smiles to the funk nation.

By Chris Rizik


 
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