Bernie Worrell pioneered the use of the synthesizer in funk beginning in the early 1970s, and paved the way for so many who came after him. The musical community was the fortunate beneficiary of his tremendous talents, which he share through his work with Parliament Funkadelic and Talking Heads, among many others. His work is at one fundamental as it was revolutionary that it is among the most sampled by other musicians.
To learn more about Bernie, listen to a recent segment from NPR
or hear a short but fascinating interview with him from NAMM Oral Histories
Bernie passed away on June 24, 2016 at age 72 after fighting a battle with lung and liver cancer. Like legions of fans around the world, we were deeply saddened by this loss. Bernie was a musical luminary and a gentle, humble human being. He was also a great friend to the Bob Moog Foundation. He will be deeply missed.
You can read much more about Bernie and sign his guestbook at his website, http://www.bernieworrell.com.
Bernie also appears in the “Moog” documentary by Hans Fjellestad (2004).
Rest in Funk, Bernie Worrell! With love and gratitude for your indelible contributions to music and humanity. You are missed!