Walter “Junie” Morrison was one of the most influential funk producers and keyboardists.
Besides he was one of the founder member of Ohio Players, Juni Morrison was part of the legendary Parliament-Funkadelic collective. Crucial figure of funk, he joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
Junie Morrison was behind many classics like ‘Fire’ or ‘Love Rollercoaster’. His music influenced a lot of artists, especially in hip-hop. For example, ‘Funky Worm’ was sampled in more than 200 songs. Snoop Dogg‘s ‘Serial Killa’, Ice Cube‘s ‘Ghetto Bird’ or De La Soul‘s ‘Me, Myself, and I’ are part of it.
His death was annonced on Twitter by his friend Dam-Funk, who had featured Morrison on his 2015 album Invite the Light :
1 of my heroes & ‘my’ King of #FUNK.
Founding member of Ohio Players
Co-creator of P-Funk’s “Knee Deep” pic.twitter.com/6Q1WSZ6ZyT
— FocusedDāM-FunK (@DaMFunK) 16 février 2017
Other artists paid tribute to Junie :
RIP the unheralded JUNIE MORRISON https://t.co/R61DyeKPvS
— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) 16 février 2017
— FunkCat Brown (@FunkCatBrown) 16 février 2017
— Mick Collins (@BroknHeadphones) 16 février 2017
— Taaq Kirksey (@TaaqKirksey) 16 février 2017