Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist Amp Fiddler dies at 65

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Rest in peace a legend of funk, soul and electronic music.

Amp Fiddlerkeyboardist for the pioneering funk collective George Clinton and mentor to the late producer of Detroit J Dilladied this Sunday, December 17, after he was recovering after an operation that was performed in 2022 and of which we do not have details, since his illness was not revealed.

A campaign of GoFundMe released last year raised over $75,000 for continued healing as it travels back to the stage of Fiddler and earlier this month a benefit concert was held in his hometown of Detroit to cover medical expenses.

Colleagues and friends of Fiddlerexpressed their feelings through messages on social networks:

Rest easy, brother Amp. For all those talks during the Pfunk tour. For all the music. Especially, of course, being a mentor to the one who guided us (Dilla), thank you brother” he wrote Questlove.

“Rest in eternal musical excellence Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist Joseph Anthony “Amp” Fiddler (May 17, 1958-December 17, 2023),” Parliament-Funkadelic wrote.

Joseph Anthony Fiddlerborn in Detroit, Michigan He was a singer, songwriter, keyboardist and record producer. He began his musical career in the early 80’s as a keyboardist and backup vocalist, which would lead him to have his first opportunity as a keyboardist in Parliament-Funkadelicin the year 1985.

Fiddler support and boost the influential career of J Dillawhom he taught how to use the sampling drum machine Akai MPC and introduced Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest. In addition to Enchantment and Parliament-Funkadelic, Fiddler also worked with Prince, Maxwell, Jamiroquai, Moodymann and many others.

GoFundMe started a virtual fundraiser to cover funeral expenses for Amp FiddlerAs mentioned in the application, there is no minimum amount, if you wish to help, every amount adds up.

Without a doubt the legacy of amp It is something that will last forever in the hearts of those of us who had the opportunity to experience it. Rest in peace Amp Feiddler.


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