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Eddie Hazel (April 10, 1950December 23, 1992) was a pioneering guitarist in early funk music in the United States. April 10 is the 100th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (101st in leap years). ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... December 23 is the 357th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (358th in leap years). ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Funk is a distinct style of music originated by African-Americans, e. ...

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Early life

Born in Brooklyn in 1950, Hazel grew up outside Plainfield, New Jersey because his mother, Grace Cook, wanted her son to grow up in an environment without the pressures of drugs and crime that she felt pervaded the city. She worked in Brooklyn as a silk presser; Eddie occupied himself from a young age by playing a guitar, given to him as a Christmas present by his older brother, as well as singing in church. At age 12, Eddie met Billy Bass Nelson, and the pair quickly became close friends, singing and playing the guitar, soon adding Harvey McGee, a drummer, to the mix. For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Plainfield is a city located in Union County, which is in the northeastern part of New Jersey. ... The acoustic archtop guitar, used in Jazz music, features steel strings. ... Christmas (literally, the Mass of Christ) is a traditional Christian holiday meant to celebrate the birth of Jesus with both religious and secular aspects, commonly observed on 25 December. ... Billy Bass Nelson (William Nelson) was the original bassist for P Funk. ...


Career

In 1967, The Parliaments (a Plainfield-based doo wop band headed by George Clinton) hit the charts with "I Wanna Testify". Clinton recruited a backing band for a tour, hiring Nelson. Eddie was in Newark, New Jersey working with George Blackwell and couldn't be reached. After Billy Bass Nelson returned from the tour, he tried to recruit Eddie. His mother at first vetoed the idea (since Eddie was only seventeen), but Clinton and Nelson worked together to change her mind. 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... The Parliaments were an early doo-wop singing group from Plainfield, New Jersey. ... Doo-wop is a style of vocal-based rhythm and blues music popular in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s in America. ... George Clinton George Clinton (born July 22, 1941) is an American musician, he is widely considered one of the forefathers of funk. ... Skyline of downtown Newark as seen from the Newark Bay Bridge. ...


In the fall of 1967, The Parliaments went on tour with both Nelson and Hazel. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hazel met and befriended Tiki Fulwood, who quickly replaced The Parliaments' drummer. Nelson, Hazel and Fulwood became the backbone of Funkadelic, which was originally the backup band for The Parliaments, only to later become an independent touring group when legal difficulties forced the group to (temporarily) abandon the name "Parliaments". Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Map Political Statistics Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 County Philadelphia County Mayor John F. Street (D) Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 369 km² (143 mi²) 350 km² (135 mi²) 20... Tiki Fulwood was the drummer for the funk bands Parliament and Funkadelic. ... Funkadelic was originally the backing band for the doo wop group, The Parliaments. ...


The doo wop of The Parliaments quickly began morphing into the soul-inflected hard rock of Funkadelic, influenced as much by Jimi Hendrix as Frankie Lymon. The switch to Funkadelic was complete with the addition of Tawl Ross and Bernie Worrell (rhythm guitar and keyboards, respectively). Funkadelic (1970), Free Your Mind... And Your Ass Will Follow (1970) and Maggot Brain (1971) were the first three albums, released in a mere two years. Soul music is a combination of rhythm and blues and gospel which began in the late 1950s in the United States. ... Hard rock is a form of rock and roll music which finds its closest roots in early 1960s garage rock and psychedelic rock. ... James Marshall Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and cultural icon. ... Lymons album cover for the single Goody, Goody. ... Lucius Tawl Ross was rhythm guitarist for Funkadelic from 1968 to 1971. ... Bernie Worrell Bernie Worrell (born April 19, 1944) is originally from Long Beach, New Jersey but grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey. ... Funkadelic was the debut album by the American funk band Funkadelic, released in 1970. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... Free Your Mind. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... Maggot Brain is a 1971 (see 1971 in music) album by the American funk band Funkadelic. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ...


Maggot Brain is perhaps the definitive musical statement by Funkadelic, and the titular track's ten-minute guitar solo is Eddie Hazel's defining moment, and the one piece of music for which he has remained a legend. Perhaps apocryphally, George Clinton told Hazel, during the recording session, to "play like your momma just died" and the result was the epic sounds of Hazel's guitar. The term, "Maggot Brain," refers both to Hazel's incredible intake of various drugs, as well as a mode of thinking which allows one to rise above the "bullshit" of the world, which is inhabited by maggots who have not yet achieved the status of Maggot Brain (see P Funk mythology). Maggot Brain is a 1971 (see 1971 in music) album by the American funk band Funkadelic. ... Funkadelic was originally the backing band for the doo wop group, The Parliaments. ... George Clinton is the name of several notable people: George Clinton (royal governor) (c. ... The bands Parliament, Funkadelic and related offshoots (see List of P Funk members) are collectively referred to as the P Funk. ...


Selected events

Eddie Hazel was not the only Funkadelic member to have drug issues. Tawl Ross left the group because of a bad LSD trip and/or a speed overdose. Tiki Fulwood also used drugs with Hazel, leading George Clinton to suspend their salaries so that they would not spend the money entirely on drugs. As a result, America Eats Its Young (1972) featured only marginal input from Hazel. Instead, Eddie began working with The Temptations, appearing on 1990 (1973) and A Song for You (1975). Lucius Tawl Ross was rhythm guitarist for Funkadelic from 1968 to 1971. ... For other uses, see LSD (disambiguation). ... Speed (symbol: v) is the rate of motion, or equivalently the rate of change of position, expressed as distance d moved per unit of time t. ... George Clinton is the name of several notable people: George Clinton (royal governor) (c. ... America Eats Its Young is a 1972 lbum by FunkadelicThis was the first album to include the whole of the JBs, along with Bootsy Collins, Catfish Collins, Chicken Gunnels, Rob McCollough and Kash Waddy. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1972 calendar). ... The Temptations (also abbreviated as The Tempts or The Temps) are an American Motown singing group whose repertoire has included doo-wop, soul, psychedelia, funk, disco, R&B, and adult contemporary. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... A Song For You is a 1975 album by the Motown singing group The Temptations, considered one of their best overall efforts. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ...


In 1974, Hazel was indicted for assaulting a stewardess, along with a drug possession charge. While he was in jail, Clinton added Garry Shider, Ron Brykowsky and Michael Hampton to Funkadelic. Hampton was Hazel's replacement as lead guitarist. Like Hazel, Michael Hampton was a seventeen year-old guitar prodigy. Eddie finally returned to Funkadelic for Let's Take It to the Stage (1975), but he was no longer the obvious lead guitar. With the added time, Hazel recorded Games, Dames & Guitar Thangs for Warner Brothers (with special help from The Brides of Funkenstein). 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1974 calendar). ... Garry Shider is the long-time musical director of the P.Funk All-Stars. ... Michael Hampton was the guitarist for the band Funkadelic after original guitarist Eddie Hazel departed to join The Temptations in 1975. ... Title of album: Lets Take It to the Stage Artist: Funkadelic Release date: 1975 Record label: Westbound Compared to most Funkadelic albums, Lets Take It to the Stage features many short and to-the-point songs, and fewer epic jam sessions. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Warner Bros. ... Lynn Mabry & Dawn Silva, previously background singers for Sly Stone, joined P-Funk in 1977. ...


On December 23, 1992, Hazel died from internal bleeding and liver failure, after a long struggle with stomach problems. Some material was released posthumously. The band Ween recorded a tribute to him called "A Tear for Eddie" on their album Chocolate And Cheese, imitating his unique soloing style. "Maggot Brain" was played at his funeral. December 23 is the 357th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (358th in leap years). ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Ween is a rock duo formed in 1984 in New Hope, Pennsylvania when Mickey Melchiondo and Aaron Freeman met in a junior high school typing class. ... Chocolate and Cheese was Weens fourth studio album, originally released by Elektra Records in 1994. ...


Hazel's popularity and notoriety carries on today and he was recently ranked 43rd in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time. [1]


Trivia

Eddie Hazel sometimes received credit for contributions as Grace Cook, his mother's name.


Discography

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Eddie Hazel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (741 words)
Eddie Hazel (April 10, 1950 – December 23, 1992) was a pioneering guitarist in early funk music in the United States.
She worked in Brooklyn as a silk presser; Eddie occupied himself from a young age by playing a guitar, given to him as a Christmas present by his older brother, as well as singing in church.
Nelson, Hazel and Fulwood became the backbone of Funkadelic, which was originally the backup band for The Parliaments, only to later become an independent touring group when legal difficulties forced the group to (temporarily) abandon the name "Parliaments".
NationMaster.com - Encyclopedia: Eddie Hazel (2051 words)
Eddie Hazel (April 10, 1950 - December 23, 1992) was a pioneering guitarist in early funk music in the United States.
She worked in as a silk presser; Eddie occupied himself a young age by playing a guitar given to him as a Christmas present by his older brother as as singing in church.
Hazel and Fulwood became the backbone of Funkadelic which was originally the backup band The Parliaments only to later become an touring group when legal difficulties forced the to (temporarily) abandon the name "Parliaments".
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