Bernie Worrell

American musician

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.[1]

Bernie Worrell
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Worrell performing in Vienna in 2009
Background information
Birth nameGeorge Bernard Worrell, Jr.
Also known as"Dr. Woo"
Born(1944-04-19)April 19, 1944
Long Branch, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedJune 24, 2016(2016-06-24) (aged 72)
Everson, Washington, U.S.
GenresFunk, rock, alternative rock, blues rock, rhythm and blues, jazz, psychedelic rock
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, producer
InstrumentsKeyboards (piano, organ, synthesizers)
Years active1947–2016
Associated actsParliament-Funkadelic, Talking Heads, Bernie Worrell and the WOO Warriors, Bernie Worrell Orchestra, Praxis, Tom Tom Club, Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains

Personal lifeEdit

Worrell was born in Long Branch, New Jersey. He was raised in Plainfield, New Jersey. Worrell studied at Juilliard School. He lives in Hampton, New Jersey.

In January 2016, Worrell was diagnosed with stage-4 lung cancer.[2]

Worrell died of the disease on June 24, 2016 in Everson, Washington, aged 72.




  1. Joe Bosso. "Bernie Worrell talks vintage synths, ELP, Parliament/ Funkadelic, Talking Heads and more". Retrieved 2015-02-24.
  2. "Bernie Worrell diagnosed with late-stage cancer". Entertainment Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  3. "THE 12TH ANNUAL INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED". The Independent Music Awards. Retrieved 2014-07-17.

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