Walter "Junie" Morrison, multi-instrumentalist and founder of funk group the Ohio Players, has died, according to various online reports. He was 62.
Morrison served as the mastermind behind Ohio Players hits "Pain," "Pleasure," "Ecstasy" and "Funky Worm." After leaving the group in 1974, he recorded a trio of solo albums titled When We Do, Freeze and Suzie Supergroupie.
Morrison also served as the musical director for George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic, playing a major role in releasing revered records One Nation Under a Groove, Motor Booty Affair and Gloryhallastoopid. Morrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Parliament-Funkadelic in 1997.
Morrison would continue to work with P-Funk and produce other artists throughout the '90s. His most recent solo offering, When the City, arrived through his own label Juniefunk in 2014.
A number of musicians have paid their respects to Morrison on social media, which you can find below.
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RIP the unheralded JUNIE MORRISON https://t.co/R61DyeKPvS— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) February 16, 2017
Fuck man. Come on. RIP Junie Morrison.— Uncle Shoes (@HouseShoes) February 16, 2017
Okay enough is enough, somebody tell me this ain't so. In case it is we have lost another frequency in the... https://t.co/FzO5VeDtvX— Bootsy Collins (@Bootsy_Collins) February 16, 2017