Parliament-Funkadelic member Cordell “Boogie” Mosson passed away on April 18th from an unspecified illness. He was 60 years old.
Mosson grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey, where he was friends with future P-Funk guitarist Garry Shider. The duo eventually joined a band called United Soul, which came to the attention of P-Funk founder George Clinton. Clinton produced several of the United Soul’s songs before recruiting Mosson and Shider for his own group in 1971.
“Boogie” became a prominent contributor from that time until the band’s dissolution in the early 1980’s and filled the role of featured on-stage bassist after Bootsy Collins left for his solo career.
“While Collins is more widely remembered as the P-Funk bassist, Mosson’s contributions were arguably as numerous and are well regarded by fans,” Mosson’s bio states.
Keyboardist Daniel Bedrosian left a note of remembrance on the band’s website, calling Mosson “the ultimate Funk theologian” and “one of P-Funk’s most pivotal and vital musicians.”
With P-Funk, Mosson appeared in the 1994 movie PCU and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 with fifteen other members of the band.
Our thoughts are with Mosson’s family and friends.