In Memory

Transition Home to the Great Spirit
Date:  
June 24, 2016 – 11:54am

Moving Words for Bernie WorrellClick for a special message from a friend and brother

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Jennifer Durki Jennifer Durki wrote on July 1, 2016:
Bernie's music and friendship has changed my life profoundly will always remember the two years I spent on tour with Bernie as the best of my life will be sorely missed always and remembered with great love and respect
LeBaronP LeBaronP from Lausanne wrote on July 1, 2016:
Welcome back to the Universe.
Philippe Philippe from Kyoto, Japan wrote on July 1, 2016:
Rest in peace Bernie, truly the one and only. Thank you so much for all those years of incredible music. Rock the sky and funk the heaven like only you can!
Diablo Diablo from Portland wrote on July 1, 2016:
Droppin' a three hour tribute to Bernie tonight on the radio.

Rest in Peace Brother!

~Diablo

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Deron Isaac Deron Isaac from Boston wrote on July 1, 2016:
Bernie's music gives joy and laughter to my silent witness and a voice to both my healing transcendent vibrations and my nasty funky cacophonies. His music made me aware of what I already knew in my soul and his sonic power blew the cobwebs out my mind. Blessings to all family, friends, and fans.
Sidney Sidney from Paris France wrote on July 1, 2016:
Bernie, i met you IN France IN 1984 with h hancock and ma y friends from material. Your Music will still stay for eternity You was à guide for all the funkateers in This worlds ! RIP Bernie. Sidney the funkyfrench
Dennis Felton Dennis Felton from Tulsa wrote on June 30, 2016:
PFunk is a true American original creation that changed the world and is more than a musical genre, but a way of life. Most things build in incremental steps - but not PFunk. PFunk came out of nowhere, breaking all the rules and blowing up everything that had come before it. It also blew my mind and funked me up. I wasn't the only one. Far from it. None of this could have happened without the geniius, imagination and fearlessness of Bernie. Thank you Bernie and RIP.
Mitch Devine Mitch Devine from Rancho Santa Margarita wrote on June 30, 2016:
I loved Bernie's work with both Parliament/Funkadelic and Talking Heads. And what a privilege it was to meet him in person at the NAMM show a few years ago! Rest in peace, Bernie, your memory and music live on.
Henry Wicks Henry Wicks from Natick, Massachussetts wrote on June 30, 2016:
I'm only 14, but I have already started to plunge into the wonderful world of p-funk and it is incredibly unfortunate that such an incredibly talented musician has left us but I know that his spirit will live on through the fabulous music he has created and the funky legacy he has left.
Jesse Rae Jesse Rae from St.Boswells Scotland wrote on June 29, 2016:
In a' the years I 've known Bernie..I have never heard him say a bad thing aboot any yin or gurse a nasty word,Always thankful for the love o'family...and thankful tae God for the gift he gave him
David Elliott David Elliott from Wylie wrote on June 29, 2016:
The Funk still lives through your music.
Andre Espinet Andre Espinet from Esher wrote on June 29, 2016:
SupaWoovalisticProsiFunkstication...blessed to have been on the planet while the Woo Wizard blessed us with his B-Funk. Thank you Thank you Thank you. Fly on
Jeff Douglas Jeff Douglas from Ringwood wrote on June 29, 2016:
If there is a heaven, I have no doubt that Bernie is there making "heavenly" music.
Thanks for your spirit, music and good vibrations.
You will be missed, but your music will live forever!
Rick Shaw Rick Shaw from Denver wrote on June 29, 2016:
Thank You for all the extraordinary, influential, moving performances you gave us for so many years.
RIP Brother Bernie.
randy pfunk buffington randy pfunk buffington from springfield ohio wrote on June 29, 2016:
what can I say? another one of my superfunky heroes has passed away. Berrnie
your musical talent on the keyboard is unmatched . you were simply the best. I met you once in Columbus and in 1998 and I still have the wrapper I picked up off the floor for you to autograph its hanging on my living room wall as one of my most prized possesions. thank you berrnie for all the music. your presence will be missed. I hope that your family derives some peace from knowing how much so many people loved you.
Fabian Rice Fabian Rice from Phx/chgo wrote on June 29, 2016:
R.I.P. bring the funk..
Bernard Doherty Bernard Doherty from Boston wrote on June 29, 2016:
We love you bernay
Paul Anderson Paul Anderson from Berkeley wrote on June 29, 2016:
Why should I like even just looking at photos of a musician? Composure.

Thank you for your concert appearances.

Thank you for changing the way we listen for music.
Michelle Morgan Michelle Morgan from Easley, South Carolina wrote on June 29, 2016:
A limb has fallen from the family tree that's says grieve not for me. Remember the best times, the laughter, the song, the good life I lived while I was strong. Praying for comfort and strength for the family during this difficult time. Rest in Peace Bernie.
Perrin de Jong Perrin de Jong from Asheville, NC wrote on June 29, 2016:
Bernie Worrell got a hold of my musical mind at a very tender young age, turned it upside down, and shook it vigorously until the dust bunnies all fell out. Then he poured in his liquid light interplanetary funk-marinade elixir, sealed up the lid, gave it one more shake for good measure, and sent me on my way. I have never been the same. Nor has the world. Bernie Worrell was so influential that, like the fish who is unaware of the water in which she swims, most of the time we didn't even know he was there. And we simply cannot measure the impact that musical Titans like Bernie had on the shaping and education of our ears. P-Funk is among the most widely sampled musical entities in popular music's history. Their lyrics and beats and hooks and riffs and melodies are so commonly found at the heart of commercial radio hits that one could be forgiven for concluding that people decided to stop making new music after Pfunk came along. Because, why bother? No one could ever be funkier or more raw or more real than they got. And at the backbone of this massive musical assault on your D'VoidofFunk, no-dancin' ass were the dancing fingers and the luminous musical mind of one Bernie Worrell, the Wizard of Woo. Ride in Uhuru, Bernie. Thank you for everything, My Shining Guide through the Gaping Void.