MATRIXSYNTH: Bernie Worrell Has Passed Away

Friday, June 24, 2016

Bernie Worrell Has Passed Away


Just saw the sad news via @Dr_Blankenstein.

Those that follow the site regularly, know Bernie had lung cancer.

Wikipedia currently has the following up: "George Bernard 'Bernie' Worrell, Jr. (April 19, 1944–June 24, 2016[1]) was an American keyboardist and composer best known as a founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic and for his work with Talking Heads. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic. Worrell battled stage-four lung cancer and his wife issued a statement on June 16, 2016, that he was near death. He died 8 days later."


Bernie continued to perform live throughout his life and although he was recently ill, he made his way to Moogfest. The video below is from May 20. Think about that for a bit. Less than a month before his passing, he went out and jammed on a new Minimoog Model D, in public. The man never gave up. That my friends is inspiration beyond inspiration. Never give up. Live life as much as you can while you can, no matter what. Bernie is one of our heroes.

Sincere condolences to his close friends and family.


IMG_6354.MOV from Dan Nigrin on Vimeo.

"Bernie Worrell doing impromptu Flashlight riffs at Moogfest 2016 in the Pop Up Moog Factory. May 20, 2016"

Bernie Worrell Playing His Heart Out

Uploaded on Mar 4, 2011

This one is a bit distorted, but it's great to see him play.

"Bernie up close and personal!!! Unbelievable version of Flashlight with Soulive at Brooklyn Bowl II"

Flashlight - Bernie Worrell tribute - Webster hall


And back in the day:

Parliament-Funkadelic - Flash Light - 11/6/1978 - Capitol Theatre (Official)


DO NOT MISS THIS VIDEO. Bernie gets a shout out for his solo at 19:42, but that's not him with the hoody on the CS80. The bassline in the background is actually Bernie on the Minimoog and he comes in visually at 20:35.

Update: Moog Music pays tribute to Bernie Worrell.

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