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Bernie Worrell's Biggest Billboard Hits

Bernie Worrell
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Bernie Worrell performs at PJ's Lager House on Aug. 17, 2013 in Detroit.

A look at the Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist's top-charting songs.

Bernie Worrell, the longtime keyboardist of music collective Parliament-Funkadelic, died on June 24 following a battle with cancer. Worrell first joined the funk-soul group in 1970 and performed under many incarnations of the group, including Funkadelic and Parliament.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the multiple structures of the groups (commonly referred to as P-Funk) spearheaded by singer-songwriter George Clinton, earned dozens of hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.  Worrell joined after the first formation of the group, The Parliaments, had already earned two Billboard Hot 100 hits in the late 1960s.

Parliament-Funkadelic Legend Bernie Worrell Dies at 72

Under the Funkadelic pseudonym, the ensemble scored 13 charted albums in all on the Billboard 200 between 1970-1981 (and 14 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums). Over on the Hot 100, they notched eight hits.

As Parliament, the group had eight albums on the Billboard 200 between 1974 and 1993 (10 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, including six top 10s). Parliament claims six total Billboard Hot 100 hits.

Bernie Worrell's Top 10 Tracks on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs:
Peak position, Artist, Song, Year
No. 1 (for six weeks), as Funkadelic "One Nation Under a Groove", 1978
No. 1 (four weeks), Parliament "Aqua Boogie (A Pyschoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop)", 1979
No. 1 (three weeks), Parliament "Flashlight," 1978 (tie)
No. 1 (three weeks), Funkadelic "(Not Just) Knee Deep," 1979 (tie)
No. 5, Parliament "Tear the Roof Off the Sucker," 1976
No. 7, Parliament "Agony of Defeet," 1981
No. 8, Parliament "Theme From the Black Hole," 1980
No. 10, Parliament "Up From the Down Stroke," 1974
No. 14, Parliament "Bop Gun (Endangered Species)," 1977
No. 22, Parliament "Do That Stuff," 1977

The top 10 songs are based on their performance on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and ranked by peak position, then by weeks at No. 1.

Apart from Worrell's involvement with the different Parliament-Funkadelic embodiments, he recorded as a solo act. In 1979, Worrell released a solo album (backed by several P-Funk musicians) titled All the Woo in the World. The set reached No. 59 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Worrell was also associated (as a musician and producer) with acts like Talking Heads, Bill Laswell and Fela Kuti, among a host of other artists.


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