Word comes via the online grapevine that Garry Shider of P-Funk has been diagnosed with brain cancer.
Shider has been a loyal soldier in George Clinton’s musical army for nearly 30 years... a guitarist, songwriter, vocal arranger and diaper-wearing hype man.
And, of course, a singer. Garry Shider is an amazing singer.
To channel some loving energy in Garry’s direction, let me stream a couple of 1970s tracks on which he wails.
Click here to hear “Sexy Ways.” You’ll notice... it ain’t just about how Garry swings a lyric. It’s about the vamping he does between lines.
Then click here and listen to “Baby I Owe You Something Good,” with special attention paid to the second verse (“I’ve loved, I’ve lost...”). Simply mindblowing.
I had the pleasure, alongside my colleague Larry Alexander, of interviewing Garry Shider back in the ’90s for a P-Funk oral history. He was generous with his time and cool as can be.