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Passings: Debbie Wright of Parliament-Funkadelic, Parlet

by VVN Music

Debbie Wright, a member of George Clinton's Parliament and Funkadelic and a founding member of the break-off band Parlet, has died at the age of 66.

Wright was an early member of the P-Funk crew and sang on many of their recordings although many were uncredited such as Cosmic Slop (1973), Mothership Connection (1975) and Tales of Kidd Funkadelic (1976). She officially became a member of P-Funk in 1975, along with Jeanette Washington, as the first two female members of the group.

In 1978, Wright, Washington and Mallia Franklin became Parlet, another spinoff from P-Funk. Originally, Clinton had envisioned the group to be the female version of the original Parliaments doo wop group. The name Parlettes was eventually changed to Parlet.

Their debut album, Pleasure Principle, was released in 1978 on Casablanca with Clinton producing and went to 49 on the R&B Albums.  The group would release two more albums but Wright would not be on them, fired from the group because of drug use.