Saturday, June 19, 2010

RIP Garry Shider (Starchild)

The world lost a true child of the Funk on June 16th. Parliament - Funkadelic's Garry 'Starchild' Shider passed away from complications due to cancer. Our prayers go out to his family and friends. Known to many as 'Diaper Man', or "the crazy dude in a diaper on stage with P-Funk", Shider was an amazing guitar player with a soulful falsetto reminiscent of Curtis Mayfield. Shider appeared on countless Parliament and Funkadelic records dating back to the early 70s. First up is a vintage clip of Funkadelic getting crazy in NYC back in the day. 'Cosmic Slop' is a classic. Shider handles the vocals. (Yup, that's Garry rockin' a diaper...) Next is 'I'll Stay', which was sampled by Crucial Conflict ('Hay') and De La Soul ('Millie Pulled A Pistol'). One Nation Under Your Groove. Thank you Garry for so much incredible music.

A fund has been set up to help his family with medical expenses. CLICK HERE

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