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Cordell Mosson, bassist for Parliament-Funkadelic, dies at 60

April 26, 2013 at 9:41 AM ET

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Boogie Cordell Mosson, Bootsy Collins, Tye Tribbett, and Dr. Cornel West in 2011.

Cordell "Boogie" Mosson, who gained fame as the bassist for the George Clinton-fronted Parliament-Funkadelic group, died of liver failure on April 18, according to the New York Times. He was 60.

The New Jersey native moved to Toronto in the late 1960s with friend Garry Shider, and both joined United Soul -- which brought them in contact with Clinton, who was producing some of the band's songs. Shider (who died in 2010) went on to become one of Clinton's musical directors, while Mosson was a part of Parliament-Funkadelic since the early 1970s. He played bass, drums and rhythm guitar and stepped in for Bootsy Collins when Collins pursued a solo career.

Mosson played on albums including 1975's "Mothership Connection" and 1978's "One Nation Under a Groove." He continued touring with the group until 2011.

(Mild profanity in video.)

Clinton told the Times that Mosson had a wide range of talents, able to play "all the psychedelic stuff and the Motown and the James Brown."

"He was the heartbeat (of the band) for a long time," he added.

Mosson also appeared in 1995's "PCU" with Jeremy Piven and David Spade. He and 15 other members of the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

Funeral and tribute plans have not been announced, according to Rolling Stone.

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