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Acclaimed by George Clinton as “the most phenomenal musician on the planet,” Dayton, Ohio-bred multi-instrumentalist Walter “Junie” Morrison was the visionary musical director of Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic juggernaut throughout a hot streak of gold and platinum albums during the late ’70s. Junie co-fronted and powered funk classics like “One Nation Under a Groove,” “Aqua Boogie,” and “(Not Just) Knee Deep” with his madcap synthesizer manipulation. Earlier in the decade, Junie provided a similar boost to Ohio Players. He was the highly spirited voice of the band and most indelibly made an ARP Soloist wriggle and whine throughout the delightfully oddball “Funky Worm.” Junie also recorded as a solo artist for Westbound, Columbia, and ZE Records, performing all instruments on the bulk of his solo work. Junie’s music continues to be widely sampled and covered. A thorough list would be long enough to make anyone’s eyes pop and cross. The best testament to Junie’s legacy, however, is the original material it has inspired.

Did you know?

  • Walter “Junie” Morrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997
  • Junie’s instantly recognizable synthesizer line from the Ohio Players’ “Funky Worm” became a sampled ingredient in a multitude of varied rap tracks such as N.W.A’s “Dopeman,” MC Breed’s “Ain’t No Future in Yo’ Frontin’,” Ice Cube’s “Wicked,” and Kriss Kross’ “Jump”
  • Solange’s “Junie” is a joyous tribute of sorts with a very Junie-like appearance from André 3000 and co-production by fellow disciples Raphael Saadiq and John Carroll Kirby