Cordell 'Boogie' Mosson

*Cordell “Boogie” Mosson, longtime bassist for George Clinton’s legendary Parliament-Funkadelic, died last Thursday (April 18) at the age of 60, reports Billboard.com. No official cause of death has been given.

Mosson was born October 16, 1952 and grew up in Plainfield, NJ. He first met Clinton in the early seventies, when the P-Funk leader produced his original band, United Soul. Mosson toured with P-Funk’s sister groups from the seventies through the early eighties and played on some of their albums over that time.

In the early eighties, he took over for Bootsy Collins as the band’s primary live bassist, and remained in that position until the collective’s hiatus in 1984. In 1997, Parliament-Funkadelic was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, and Mosson was one of the 16 members included.

L-R: Cordell "Boogie" Mosson, Bootsy Collins, Tye Tribbett, and Dr. Cornel West

L-R: Cordell “Boogie” Mosson, Bootsy Collins, Tye Tribbett, and Dr. Cornel West

Mosson performed with reunited versions of the Parliament-Funkadelic up until 2011. On July 8 of that year, the group’s official Facebook page announced the bassist was hospitalized and in “serious condition.” It’s not known if that health scare was linked to his death.

In a statement on George Clinton’s official site, keyboardist Danny Bedrosian observed:

“Boog’s knowledge and understanding of Rhythm, the ONE, the Pocket, and the FEEL of P-FUNK, was UNMATCHED. We in Parliament-Funkadelic, wish to 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.”