Funk pioneer and original guitarist for Parliament-Funkadelic who was a posthumous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.
He sang in church and received his first guitar as a Christmas present from his brother.
His mother initially disallowed him from joining Parliament when he was seventeen.
His mother moved the family to New Jersey so he would not have to face the pressures of inner city life.
He and Parliament-Funkadelic bandmate George Clinton were instrumental in the development of funk music.