By Jon Wiederhorn
Legendary funk bassist and guitarist Cordell "Boogie" Mosson, who played with the Parliament-Funkadelic collective since their heyday in the ‘70s, died on April 18 at the age of 60. The cause of death remains unknown.
As a musician in Parliament, Mosson is best remembered for his melodic playing style and penetrating tone. When bassist Bootsy Collins started working on a solo career, Mosson started playing for Parliament as well.
"Boog’s knowledge and understanding of Rhythm, the 'one,' the pocket, and the 'feel' of P-Funk, was unmatched,” wrote the band’s keyboardist Danny Bedrosian on Georgeclinton.com.
Mosson left his home in Plainfield, New Jersey, in his teens and traveled to Canada with his friend and guitarist Gary Shider, and formed the band United Soul. In 1971, Parliament-Funkadelic mastermind George Clinton produced the United Soul songs "I Miss My Baby" and "Baby I Owe You Something Good," and in 1972 he invited both Mosson and Shider (who died in 2010) to join P-Funk.
Mosson played on the group’s most popular albums, including the widely influential Mothership Connection (1975) and One Nation Under a Groove (1978). He was known to perform wearing two pairs of sunglasses and a chariot hat decorated with two birds’ heads.
"[Boogie] was an all-around musician," Shider’s brother and record producer Tim Shider told Dailyrecord.com. "He played a lot of stuff on the Parliament-Funkadelic records. He played bass, he played drums, and he played guitar on a lot of the records."
After Parliament-Funkadelic severed their connection in 1980, Mosson continued to tour with reunited groups under slightly different names, including the P-Funk All Stars. He and the rest of Parliament-Funkadelic were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. His last recording was the 2005 P-Funk All Stars album How Late Do U Have 2 B B 4 U R Absent?, but he toured with the collective until his death.
"We in Parliament-Funkadelic, send our prayers to Boog’s family, and with extreme sadness, we say our worldly goodbye to our brother, our uncle, our friend, our teacher, our valued, trusted, master of musical expression," Bedrosian said.
"We love and will never forget our brother," added Clinton.