Walter "Junie" Morrison

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Walter "Junie" Morrison
Birth name Walter Morrison
Also known as J.S. Theracon
Born 1954 (1954)
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
Died January 21, 2017 (aged 62)
London, England
Genres Funk
Occupation(s) Keyboardist, vocalist, producer
Instruments Multi-instrumentalist
Associated acts Ohio Players, Parliament-Funkadelic
Website Official website

Walter "Junie" Morrison (1954 – January 21, 2017) was an American musician and record producer. He was a member of the Ohio Players in the early 1970s, and later became the musical director of P-Funk (Parliament-Funkadelic).

Biography[edit]

Born in Dayton, Ohio, Morrison sang and played piano as a child, soon learning a range of other instruments and becoming a school choir director and orchestra conductor.[1] In 1970, he joined the funk band the Ohio Players, becoming a producer, writer, keyboardist and vocalist involved in some of their major hits and the albums Pain, Pleasure, and Ecstasy. He was largely responsible for writing and arranging the band's 1973 hit single, "Funky Worm".[2]

He left the band in 1974 to release three solo albums on Westbound Records, on which he played all the instruments,[1] credited as Junie – When We Do, Freeze, and Suzie Supergroupie.[2]

In 1977 Morrison joined George Clinton's P-Funk (Parliament-Funkadelic) where he became musical director. He brought a unique sound to P-Funk and played a key role during the time of their greatest popularity from 1978 through 1980. In particular, he made prominent contributions to the platinum-selling Funkadelic album One Nation Under a Groove, the single "(Not Just) Knee Deep" (a #1 hit on the U.S. R&B charts in 1979), the gold-selling Parliament albums Motor Booty Affair, and Gloryhallastoopid. Morrison also played on and produced some P-Funk material under the pseudonym J.S. Theracon, apparently to avoid contractual difficulties. Morrison is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic. Clinton once described Morrison as "the most phenomenal musician on the planet."[2]

After his time with Parliament-Funkadelic, he recorded three solo albums in the eighties including 1980's Bread Alone, 1981's Junie 5, and 1984's Evacuate Your Seats. He relocated to London, England in the late 1980s and founded the Akashic record label. He wrote material recorded by Sounds of Blackness, Soul II Soul, and God's Property. Morrison produced other artists, including James Ingram, throughout the 1990s and continued to contribute to P-Funk albums, most recently in 1996. He released his most recent solo album, When the City, on his own label Juniefunk in 2004.[1]

Morrison died on January 21, 2017, at the age of 62, in London.[3] His death was reported the following month, but the details remained private.[4][5][6]

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • When We Do (1975) - Credited to Junie
  • Freeze (1975) - Credited to Junie
  • Suzie Supergroupie (1976) - Credited to Junie
  • Bread Alone (1980)
  • Junie 5 (1981)
  • Evacuate Your Seats (1984)
  • When The City (2004)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Not Forgotten: Walter "Junie" Morrison", Record Collector, #465, April 2017, p.140
  2. ^ a b c Biography by John Bush, Allmusic.com. Retrieved 16 February 2017
  3. ^ Jon Pareles, "Junie Morrison, a Funk Mastermind, Dies at 62", New York Times, February 19, 2017. Retrieved February 20, 2017
  4. ^ "Ohio Players Founder, Junie Morrison, Dead At 62", OkayPlayer.com
  5. ^ Kaufman, Gil (February 16, 2017). "Ohio Players Keyboardist and Producer Walter 'Junie' Morrison Dies". Billboard. Retrieved February 17, 2017. 
  6. ^ Grow, Kory (February 16, 2017). "Junie Morrison, Parliament-Funkadelic and Ohio Players Member, Dead at 62". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 17, 2017. 

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