DeWayne McKnight

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DeWayne "Blackbyrd" McKnight
Vienna 2009
Vienna 2009
Background information
Birth nameDeWayne Stephen McKnight[1]
Also known asBlackbyrd
Born (1954-04-17) 17 April 1954 (age 68)[1]
Los Angeles, California[2]
GenresFunk, funk rock, jazz-funk
DeWayne "Blackbyrd" McKnight (Innsbruck, 2009)

DeWayne Stephen "Blackbyrd" McKnight (born 17 April 1954) is an American guitarist. He was a member of The Headhunters, a jazz-funk fusion band from 1975 through 1978 and Parliament-Funkadelic from 1978 through 2008. He served briefly as guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers after the death of Hillel Slovak in 1988 before being replaced by John Frusciante.[3][4] He also played briefly with Miles Davis in 1986.

Selected discography[edit]


  1. ^ a b California Births, 1905 – 1995, DeWayne Stephen McKnight
  2. ^ Discogs, Dewayne McKnight, Born in Los Angeles in 1954...
  3. ^ Prato, Greg. "Biography: Red Hot Chili Peppers". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Twitter / Flea: blackbyrd McKnight on guitar". Twitter. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  5. ^ Westergaard, Sean. "Review: 'Bout Funkin' Time". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 July 2011.