George Bernard "Bernie" Worrell, Jr. (April 19, 1944 – June 24, 2016) was an American keyboardist and composer. He was best known as a founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic and for his work with Talking Heads. He was a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.
Worrell performing in Vienna in 2009
|Birth name||George Bernard Worrell, Jr.|
|Also known as||"Dr. Woo"|
|Born||April 19, 1944|
Long Branch, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||June 24, 2016 (aged 72)|
Everson, Washington, U.S.
|Genres||Funk, rock, alternative rock, blues rock, rhythm and blues, jazz, psychedelic rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, producer|
|Instruments||Keyboards (piano, organ, synthesizers)|
|Associated acts||Parliament-Funkadelic, Talking Heads, Bernie Worrell and the WOO Warriors, Bernie Worrell Orchestra, Praxis, Tom Tom Club, Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains|
- 1982: The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads by Talking Heads
- 1983: Speaking in Tongues by Talking Heads
- 1984: Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads
- 1984: Fred Schneider and the Shake Society by Fred Schneider
- 1985: Army Arrangement by Fela Kuti
- 1986: Horses & Trees by Ginger Baker
- 1992: Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis) by Praxis
- 1993: Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud by Julian Schnabel
- 1999: Unison by Shin Terai
- 2004: The Big Eyeball in the Sky by Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains
- 2004: The New Danger by Mos Def
- 2005: BananAtomic Mass by Munkeez Strikin' Matchiz
- 2006: Gold & Wax by Gigi
- 2007: Lightyears by Shin Terai
- 2007: Tennessee 2004 by Praxis
- 2007: Turn My Teeth Up! by Baby Elephant
- 2008: Profanation (Preparation for a Coming Darkness) by Praxis
- 2008: Living on Another Frequency by Science Faxtion
- 2008: A New Mind by Activities of Dust
- 2008 Delicate Thing by Eric McFadden Trio
- 2010: For You, For Us, For All by Socialybrium
- 2013: "BWO Is Landing" by The Bernie Worrell Orchestra
- Joe Bosso. "Bernie Worrell talks vintage synths, ELP, Parliament/ Funkadelic, Talking Heads and more". Musicradar.com. Retrieved 2015-02-24.
- "Bernie Worrell diagnosed with late-stage cancer". Entertainment Weekly.com. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
- "THE 12TH ANNUAL INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED". The Independent Music Awards. Retrieved 2014-07-17.
- The official website of Bernie Worrell
- Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth - the official documentary on Bernie Worrell
- Bernie Worrell collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive (currently empty)
- Bernie Worrell and the WOO Warriors collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive
- Artist Connection Podcast Interview