Garry Shider, longtime guitarist of George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic crew, died June 16 of complications from cancer. He was 56.
Originally a back-up musician for gospel performers, Shider — whose onstage costuming as an outsized baby earned him the moniker “Diaperman” — joined Clinton when the funk mastermind was still operating his group, then known as the Parliaments, out of a Plainfield, N.J., barbershop.
He enjoyed more longevity than some of the P-Funk Nation’s more celebrated guitarists, including Eddie Hazel and Catfish Collins, brother of bassist Bootsy Collins (whom Shider also backed regularly). His singing and playing is heard on such classic Funkadelic tracks as “Maggot Brain,” “Cosmic Slop” and “One Nation Under a Groove.”
On his website Clinton wrote, “Thank you Garry for all you have done. Forever funkin’ on.”
Shider is survived by his wife of 32 years, Linda, and two sons.
Donations maybe made to Sweet Relief, which aids needy musicians.