Bernie Worrell was born April 19, 1944 in Long Branch, New Jersey. A musical prodigy, he began formal piano lessons by age three and wrote a concerto at age eight. Bernie then went on to study at Juilliard and the New England Conservatory of Music. He is an American keyboardist and composer best known as a founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic and for his work with Talking Heads. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.
Bernie is currently fighting stage-four lung cancer. He’s also been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Please help in the effort to assist Bernie during this difficult time by donating directly to the Bernie Worrell Fund by clicking on the RED Donate Now button below. If you do not have a credit card or checking account but wish to donate via PayPal, you can do so by go to https://www.paypal.me/sweetrelief and letting us know the donation is for Bernie Worrell in the comment section.
Many thanks to Nona Hendryx and The Black Rock Coalition for putting together “All The WOO In The World” – A Benefit for Bernie Worrell that took place on Monday, Apr 04 at Webster Hall in New York City. By all accounts, the evening was a tremendous success and we are also grateful to all of the artists that participated by either performing or donating items for auction.
There are currently several extraordinary items up for auction online that will go towards assisting Bernie. Please click here to see what is available. If you cannot bid on these items, you can still help by sharing the link on your social media pages!
David Byrne has remixed “How Does the Brain Wave,” his 2007 collaboration with Baby Elephant — the project of DJ Prince Paul and Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell — to help raise funds for Bernie. The former Talking Head has also tapped Jamie Lidell to remix the song, both of which are available to stream and purchase. Fans can choose how much they donate for the two songs, though there is a $1.99 minimum. Music Glue, the site through which the remixes are being sold will also donate their usual fee (minus a small transaction fee)!