Bernie Worrell, keyboardist for Parliament/Funkadelic and Talking Heads and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, passed away Friday following a battle with cancer. He was 72. Bernie Worrell: 10 Essential Tracks “Bernie transitioned Home to The Great Spirit,” Worrell’s wife Judie wrote on Facebook Friday. “Rest in peace, my love — you definitely made the world a better place. Till we meet again, vaya con Dios.” In January, Worrell revealed that he was battling a “mild form” of prostate cancer and stage-four liver cancer. At the time, Worrell’s wife Judie appealed to fans asking for $10,000 in donations so that the keyboardist could complete his final album Retrospectives within his lifetime. A YouCaring page seeking $75,000 was also initiated in order to help Worrell alleviate the financial burden of his medical bills. Born in Long Branch, New Jersey in 1944, the Julliard-trained Worrell met George Clinton, then leader of a doo-wop act called the Parliaments, in the early 1970s. Soon after, Worrell – along with the rest of Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic crew, including guitarist Eddie Hazel, singer “Fuzzy” Haskins and “Billy Bass” Nelson – moved to Detroit, where they completed work on their 1970 debut Funkadelic .
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Young traditionalist Luke Bell has announced a series of summer tour dates that will support his recent self-titled debut album. The trek will get underway with a July 9th show in Bell’s home state of Wyoming and largely keep him out west (including several dates with Hayes Carll) until AmericanaFest hits Nashville in September. Stagecoach 2016: Rolling Stone Country’s Best Photos, Day 2 Released on June 17th, Luke Bell showcases the singer-songwriter’s affinity for dusty honky-tonk tunes and the western-influenced ballads. The album was produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker) and its first single “Where Ya Been” premiered on Beats 1 radio. A former ranch hand who knows a thing or two about being a cowboy, Bell says he has diverse taste but focuses on country music because it’s all about simplicity. “I grew up on all kinds of music, just like everybody else. I loved Nirvana,” he tells Rolling Stone Country . ” I loved punk rock. But I’m very drawn to the simplicity and timelessness of honky-tonk music