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.
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.