Not many people know about Robert P-Nut Johnson, but his presence as a background vocalist for Bootsy Collin’s Rubber Band and George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic is immensely felt across their discography.
Born in 1947, he played with a lot of local bands in the Baltimore area, but would start his true funk journey with Bootsy’s Rubber Band in 1976 as well as doing studio work with P-Funk. That was over 40 years ago.
Bootsy Collins would stop touring in 1979 and that’s when P-Nut moved to P-Funk permanently. P-Nut would actively be a part of George Clinton‘s various incarnation of the band and we were blessed to have seen him multiple times before he passed. The shot above is one that Mr. Christopher was lucky enough to capture.
P-Nut passed away on March 12th, 2017 onward to the great Mothership in the sky and it was officially announced the following day. No cause of death was made available, but he will sorely be missed.