Calvin SimonCalvin Simon
(born May 22
) was a member of the bands Parliament
. He originally began as one of the Parliaments, a doo wop barbershop quintet
alongside George Clinton
. Along with Fuzzy Haskins
and Grady Thomas, Simon released an album called Connections and Disconnections
, using the name "Funkadelic" after leaving the rest of the group due to financial and personal disputes with Clinton. The rival Funkadelic group did not last long, and only released the one album.