Walter “Junie” Morrison (Ohio Players, Parliament-Funkadelic) Dead at 62

(Photo by Columbia Records)

Ohio Players founder Walter “Junie” Morrison has passed away at the age of 62, according to his daughter Akasha Morrison. The announcement was made in a Facebook post.

Morrison’s lasting legacy is his career with the Ohio Players, whose biggest hits are part of black culture canon. He was still a formidable artist when he left the collective in 1974, releasing three solo albums in the ’70s and playing a major role in the Parliament-Funkadelic’s final essential records (“One Nation Under a Groove,” “(Not Just) Knee Deep”). Morrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of Parliament-Funkadelic in 1997.

The keyboardist crept back into relevancy thanks to Solange Knowles’ tribute to him on last year’s A Seat at the Table. Listen to “Junie” and a few of the composer’s best work below.


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