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Parliament

Parliament was originally The Parliaments, a doo-wop group based out of George Clinton's Plainfield, New Jersey barber shop. The name was soon abandoned due to legal issues with Revilot and Atlantic Records, and most of the same people recorded under the name Funkadelic, which consisted of The Parliaments' backing musicians, most importantly Billy Bass Nelson. Soon, Parliament was created in addition to Funkadelic and the two bands consisted of essentially the same people (see List of P Funk members), though both released albums under their respective names.

The legal problems with the name "The Parliaments" were resolved in 1970, and Clinton signed all of Funkadelic to Invictus Records under the name Parliament, releasing Osmium ("The Breakdown" reached #30 on the R&B charts in 1971) but the name Parliament was then abandoned for some time, as Funkadelic was much more successful.

In the early 1970s, Bernie Worrell, Bootsy Collins and Catfish Collins joined Funkadelic, which released five albums by 1974. With only moderate success, Funkadelic signed with Casablanca Records as Parliament, releasing "Up for the Down Stroke&quo...
Background group or band
Origin Detroit, MI
Genre Funk, Soul music
Years active 1970 - 1980
Associated acts Funkadelic
Past members Bernie Worrell
Eddie Hazel
Maceo Parker
Walter "Junie" Morrison
Bootsy Collins
Jerome Brailey
George Clinton
Glen Collins
Gary "Muddbone" Cooper
Raymond Davis
Ron Ford
Ramon Tiki Fulwood
Rick Gardner
Glen Goins
Michael Hampton
Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins
Tyrone Lampkin
Cordell Mosson
Lucius Tawl Ross
Gary Shider
Dawn Silva
Calvin Simon
Grady Thomas
Greg Thomas
Jeanette "Baby" Washington
Fred Wesley
Debbie Wright
Shirley Hayden
Billy "Bass" Nelson
Larry Heckstall
Robert "P-Nut" Johnson
Prakash John

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