There’s not a lot I can say about “The Queen of Soul,” that a myriad of writers and multiple media outlets, have not already professed. Services for the girl that began singing in her father C. L. Franklin’s church, who amazingly managed to kick the ass of “pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type” (according to her publicist) for the past several years, will take place at 10 a.m. (EDT) this Friday in Detroit. She was 76.
FUNK IS GOOD! FUNK is everything you think is Funky, and it doesn’t matter, if nobody else is Groovin’ to it – can ya dig it. FUNK is UNIVERSAL, and it’s the FUNKY string of the universe, that ties us all together. FUNK can be the stench from a dumpster, but my favorite FUNK, is the musical genre. Louis Jordan is the Troglodyte of FUNK music! “The Godfather of Soul,” James Brown, is the quintessential Pioneer of FUNK! Sly Stone, is the Godfather of FUNK and Rick James is the King of Funk-n-Roll. The collective artists of PARLIAMENT – FUNKADELIC featuring George Clinton and Bootsy Collins, took FUNK into the stratosphere, while Kool and the Gang kept it Dirty and Down to Earth…
James Brown’s biopic “Get On Up” hits theaters today. In the spirit of FUNK, I wanted to share an interview I did with him for those who might want to hear the actual voice, of “The Godfather of Soul.” Then I figured, why not include three other masters, of the FUNK genre. Having the honor to speak with these men were not only a highlight of my career in music, but in life, as they provided the soundtrack to it (click on photo above for full view).
Charles Walker delivers funky original melodies on the sax and keyboards, while Porsche Carmon accents his music with her brand of soul on lead vocals. If Jill Scott and Pam Grier had a baby, it would be Porsche Carmon, that’s FUNK Sho’ Nuff.
Funk is the last genre of original live music. As hip-hop is now the essence of pop-culture, it is unquestionably a child of funk. Quincy Jones spoke of hip-hop being derived from be-bop when he released his album “Back on the Block.” It’s amazing how many titles and categories have been used to describe Black Music. Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Ragtime, Soul – The late Jerry Wexler summed it all up as R&B, Rhythm and Blues, it’s all Black Music. Post Be-Bop and Pre Hip-Hop is Funk.