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P-Funk musician Garry Shider

Post staffer and singer/guitarist Terence McArdle reports:

Garry Shider, 56, a singer and guitarist whose work with the funk groups Parliament-Funkadelic and Bootsy's Rubber Band, influenced such later rock acts as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and earned him a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died at his home in Upper Marlboro on June 16. He had been diagnosed with brain and lung cancer in March and did one last tour with bandleader George Clinton in April.
Mr. Shider often memorably took to the stage wearing only a loin cloth -- an act for which his fans dubbed him "Diaperman." He frequently served as band director for Parliament-Funkadelic while sharing guitar duties with Eddie Hazel and also performed with the spin-off group, Bootsy's Rubber Band, led by Funkadelic bassist Bootsy Collins.
Parliament-Funkedelic, perhaps most popular act in the funk genre, combined gospel vocal harmonies, funk rhythms and psychedelic guitars, with elaborate props, costumes and theater.
Mr. Shider officially joined the band in 1972, contributing to such Funkadelic albums as "America Eats Its Young" (1972), "Cosmic Slop" (1973) and "One Nation Under A Groove" (1976).
Here he is performing with fellow funkateers Micheal Hampton and Kendra Foster. A full obituary will follow.

By Matt Schudel  |  June 17, 2010; 5:30 PM ET
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He has been recalled to the mothership. He'll be jammin with Sun Ra for eternity.

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | June 17, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

I have been listening to P-FUNK for over 35yrs, Garry Shider,Eddie Hazel and Glenn Goins will live forever in my and ALL FUNKATEERS HEARTS 4EVER! in peace my on,play on!!

Posted by: gsmoke1977 | June 17, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

This is one sad white boy here. Watch the video and see how to make a guitar talk.

Posted by: crisp11 | June 17, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

How sad. I'll never forget playing around the house as a child, while my mom played her Parliament albums. Rest in peace Mr. Shider.

Posted by: brandip_77 | June 17, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Would you like to dance with me, we're doing the Cosmic Slop
Rest in Peace Starchild

Posted by: desade | June 17, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh this is terrible news. First Marvin Isley died, and now Garry Shider. And both of them quite young at 56. This is awful.

Posted by: screwjob16 | June 17, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

From one of your number one fans, you will be missed. Heaven will never be the same. "TAKE IT TO THE STAGE".


Posted by: hopsonkb2003 | June 18, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

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