Calvin Eugene Simon (born May 22, 1942) is a former member of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.
Simon was born in
Beckley, West Virginia, United States, and started out in the late 1950s as one of The Parliaments, a doo wop barbershop quintet led by George Clinton. In 1977, Simon (along with other original Parliaments Fuzzy Haskins and Grady Thomas), left Parliament-Funkadelic after financial and management disputes with Clinton. The trio formed a new funk band and released an album called in 1981, using the name Funkadelic. Other names used in the years to follow would include Connections and Disconnections Original P.
After a hiatus from the music industry, Simon turned to
gospel music and now records for his own label, Simon Says Records. In June 2004 he released an album called , which reached #32 on the "Billboard" Top Gospel Albums chart. Share the News
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