George Clinton honored in New Jersey ahead of 80th birthday celebration by ABC-TV News
‘Godfather of Funk’ George Clinton to play in hometown of Newark Friday at NJPAC
NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) — The “Godfather of Funk” George Clinton is being honored in his native New Jersey this week as he celebrates his 80th birthday.
The town of Plainfield, where Clinton worked for many years, was renaming Passaic Street after the music legend.
A bronze plaque was being erected where the Silk Palace barbershop once stood and Clinton formed the Parliaments.
The group started as doo-wop and evolved into Parliaments Funkadelic, incorporating funk, R&B, Gospel, rock, and more, with outlandish fashion and fantastic stage props like the Mothership.
Avon Elementary in Newark, where Clinton went to school, is also renaming its music room after him.
There, the master of funk received a grand birthday welcome and performed for the kids.
“I’ve got 3-year-olds here that are bringing the funk,” Principal Charity Haygood said. “And so, this party is going to go on forever. This is generations and generations, so I’m incredibly grateful.” To read more go to the link below: