Glenn Goins

Glenn Goins

Birth
Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey, USA
Death 29 Jul 1978 (aged 24)
Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Non-Cemetery Burial
Memorial ID 39879206 · View Source
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Glenn Lamont Goins was a very unsung, yet highly influential vocalist and guitarist who was a member of the iconic and highly influential band "Parliament / Funkadelic" during their most successful and prolific period (1975-1978). He was born in Plainfield, NJ on January 2, 1954 to a devoutly religious & musical family. He learned to play guitar by ear and was influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Johnny "Guitar" Watson and other great blues, gospel and jazz guitarists. His first performances were with his siblings in a youth gospel group that traveled all over NJ, NY, PA, and MD during the mid to late 1960's. During this time he honed a very unique "Churchified Tenor" vocal style of singing from the soul & gut, which he could stretch over 3 octaves with hard gravely textures, a smooth almost angelic tone, and pure fire & brimstone screams that sounded like Al Green and Sly Stone on acid! After singing with different soul and rock bands in his late teens to early 20's, mainly a group called "The Bags", he came to the attention of P-Funk mastermind and leader, George Clinton through P-Funk guitarist Garry Shider. Clinton heard Goins and was awestruck by his amazing voice, scooping him up immediately into the P-Funk family in late 1974! Glenn Goins first appeared on Parliament's early 1975 album "Chocolate City" on songs like "Together"and "Big Footin'". He can also be heard on Funkadelic's 1976 albums "Tales Of Kidd Funkadelic" and "Hardcore Jollies" on songs like "Smokey", "You Scared The Lovin' Outta Me", and "Take Your Dead Ass Home". In late 1975, Clinton began to use Goins' vocal instrument in earnest on the landmark albums "Mothership Connection", "The Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein", "Parliament Live", where Glenn's emotive and churchified voice was always used to summon down "The Mothership", an elaborate 40 ft. silver prop spaceship that used to land onstage during Parliament/Funkadelic's performances and send the crowds into a frenzy! His singing would turn P-Funk's raunchy glam funk-rock concerts into a near religious experience! His last vocal work for P-Funk was done during the "Funkentelechy" and "One Nation Under A Groove" recording sessions. He and a few of the other P-Funk musicians had grown tired of not getting paid in full for all of their contributions to the P-Funk Organization and decided to leave and create their own bands.
Glenn Goins was a part of the bands "Mutiny" and "Quazarr", which were comprised of ex-P-Funk members like Jerome "Big Foot" Brailey as well as his brother Kevin Goins, who also sang and played guitar. Glenn's guitar was very strong on rhythm with quirky little harmonic glitches that worked perfectly for funk music.
It was during this time, that he began to become ill with Hodgkins Disease (1977-78), which would eventually take his life at the young age of only 24 on July 29, 1978. Grief stricken, George Clinton and other members of the funk mob dedicated Funkadelic's multiplatinum 1978 release "One Nation Under A Groove" to him.
He didn't live to see the "Quazarr" and "Mutiny" projects released and he is virtually unknown today to all but the most dedicated of funk fans from that era, and a new breed of "Funk Headz" who are just discovering P-Funk's musical legacy today! He lives on in the vocalizations of Cee-Lo, Outkast, NERD, and samples of his voice were used by
Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and other hip-hop artists.
Glenn Goins was inducted along with other members of Parliament / Funkadelic, into the Rock & Roll Hall
Of Fame in 1997.

***Other P-Funk Songs With Glenn Goins' Singing Featured Are: "Unfunky UFO", "Handcuffs", "Do That Stuff", "Gamin' On Ya", "I've Been Watchin' You Move Your Sexy Body", "Funkin' For Fun", "Swing Down Sweet Chariot", "This How We Funk With You" "Bop Gun (Endangered Species)" and "Fantasy Is Reality" ***


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  • Created by: Darius Diamante
  • Added: 25 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 39879206
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Glenn Goins (2 Jan 1954–29 Jul 1978), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39879206, ; Maintained by Darius Diamante (contributor 46824556) Non-Cemetery Burial.