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Kiddo was a P-Funk
P-Funk
P-Funk is a shorthand term for the repertoire and performers associated with George Clinton and the Parliament-Funkadelic collective and the distinctive style of funk music they performed...

 offspring group at A&M Records
A&M Records
A&M Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group that operates under the mantle of its Interscope-Geffen-A&M division.-Beginnings:...

, formed by former Parliament - Funkadelic guitarist Michael Hampton
Michael Hampton
Michael Hampton is a funk/rock guitarist. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic....

 and writer Donnie Sterling
Donnie Sterling
Donnie Sterling is a musician brought in by Parlet's Mallia Franklin in 1978 as Parlet's band leader and bass player. After writing three songs on Parlet's second album, Invasion Of The Booty Snatchers, Sterling and Franklin both left Parlet in 1979....

, in the early 1980s.

History


Kiddo, the hard hitting funk band of the eighties, arose from the ashes of George Clinton's P-Funk empire. One of Kiddo's founding members, Donnie Sterling, was brought into the P-Funk empire as a musician for Parlet
Parlet
Parlet was a female spinoff group from P-Funk formed by veteran background vocalists Mallia Franklin, Jeanette Washington and Debbie Wright. Washington and Wright were the first female members in Parliament-Funkadelic in 1975.-Studio albums:...

 in 1978, a P-Funk girl group, created by George Clinton
George Clinton (funk musician)
George Clinton is an American singer, songwriter, bandleader, and music producer and the principal architect of P-Funk. He was the mastermind of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic during the 1970s and early 1980s, and launched a solo career in 1981. He has been cited as one of the foremost...

. As Parlet's band leader and bass player, Donnie Sterling wrote three songs on Parlet's second album , Invasion of the Booty Snatchers
Invasion Of The Booty Snatchers
Invasion of the Booty Snatchers is the second studio album by the P-Funk spin off group Parlet. Released in 1979, the album saw the exit of Mallia Franklin and the entrance of Janice Evans...

, then became P-Funk writer for producers George Clinton and Ron Dunbar. Sterling wrote tunes for Parliament in the band's late days, and is most noted for his vocal performance in "Agony Of Defeet". Sterling and his then-wife and member of Parlet, Mallia Franklin
Mallia Franklin
Mallia Franklin was a vocalist with P-Funk and was also known as the Queen of Funk. She introduced friends George Clinton and Bootsy Collins in 1971...

, left the group in 1979 to form a P-Funk offspring group called Sterling Silver Starship. An album was recorded, but never released. Some of those tracks can be heard on the George Clinton Family Series.

Mallia Franklin continued to do studio work with P-Funk and Zapp
Zapp
Zapp may refer to:*Zapp , a 1980s funk band based in Ohio, USA*Zapp , the debut album by the funk band*Zapp Brannigan, a fictional character from the television series Futurama...

, while Sterling partnered with Funkadelic guitarist Michael Hampton, and both continued to work with George Clinton. Hampton was initially recruited into Funkadelic as a seventeen year old guitar prodigy, first appearing on Let's Take It To The Stage
Let's Take It to the Stage
Let's Take It to the Stage is the seventh album by American funk/soul/rock band Funkadelic. It was released in April 1975 on Westbound Records . Compared to most of the group's albums it features more short and to-the-point songs and fewer extended jam sessions. The "G...

.

In 1981, Clinton disbanded the Parliament-Funkadelic empire due to financial and legal difficulties. After the disbandment, Sterling and Hampton formed Kiddo in 1981. They partnered with Arthur Brown, Willie Jenkins, Leon Goodin, Fred Johnson, and Leroy Davis who led a band that included Hazel Payne who later earned fame as partner in the girl duo A Taste of Honey.

Kiddo went on to record two successful albums for A&M Records
A&M Records
A&M Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group that operates under the mantle of its Interscope-Geffen-A&M division.-Beginnings:...

 producing hits like "Try My Lovin" and "She's Got the Body."

Discography







1983 - Kiddo - A&M Records
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  • "Waterfront" on the soundtrack
    Soundtrack
    A soundtrack can be recorded music accompanying and synchronized to the images of a motion picture, book, television program or video game; a commercially released soundtrack album of music as featured in the soundtrack of a film or TV show; or the physical area of a film that contains the...

     of A Night In Heaven
    A Night in Heaven
    A Night in Heaven is a 1983 romance film directed by John G. Avildsen, starring Christopher Atkins as a college student and Lesley Ann Warren as his professor. The screenplay is written by Joan Tewkesbury. Film critics widely panned the movie....



1984 - Action - A&M Records

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