.

Cordell 'Boogie' Mosson, Parliament-Funkadelic Bassist, Dead at 60

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer played on Seventies funk classics

Cordell 'Boogie' Mosson, Bootsy Collins, Tye Tribbett, and Dr. Cornel West.
Johnny Nunez/WireImage
April 24, 2013 10:20 AM ET

Cordell "Boogie" Mosson, best remembered as the bassist for George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic collective, died last Thursday. He was 60. According to The Star-Ledger, no cause of death was announced.

Mosson – born Cardell Mosson – grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey, with Garry Shider, who would later become one of George Clinton's musical directors. The two friends relocated to Toronto in the late Sixties to join United Soul, and Clinton would produce several of the band's tracks.

Hottest Live Photos of 2013: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

Mosson and Shider, who died in 2010, joined Parliament-Funkadelic in 1971. Mosson would play on the group's classic Seventies works, including 1975's Mothership Connection, 1976's The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein and 1978's One Nation Under a Groove. Mosson became the main touring bassist for Funkadelic, and when Parliament bassist Bootsy Collins turned his focus on his solo career, Mosson took over on bass for that group as well.

Though Clinton disbanded Parliament and Funkadelic in the early Eighties, the reunited groups have continued to tour under slightly different names. Mosson performed with the P-Funk All-Stars just last year, adding rhythm guitar to his usual bass duties. Mosson and 15 other members of Parliament-Funkadelic, including Shider, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

Funeral and tribute plans have not been announced.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com