by Tony Johnson
Belita Karen Woods (October 23, 1948 – May 14, 2012)
On May 14th former Parliament/Funkadelic and Brainstorm singer Belita Woods has died. She was 63.
Longtime friend and caregiver Joycelyn Goins says Woods died of heart failure at St. John Hospital & Medical Center in Detroit.
Woods was the lead singer of Brainstorm, whose 1977 album, “Stormin’,” featured the hit, “Lovin’ Is Really My Game,” & “This Must Be Heaven.”
Woods toured with Parliament/Funkadelic & the P-Funk All-Stars for two decades, beginning in 1992.
I had the pleasure to go to my very first Parliament/Funkadelic concert in Dallas,Tx back in 2006. Parliament/Funkadelic is my ALL-TIME favorite group.
After the show, I ran into one of the crew members and asked if it was possible I could go backstage to meet my mentor George Clinton. he said “Come follow Me” and lo and behold there I was backstage waiting to meet George Clinton while waiting I got a chance to socialize with the other members of the P-funk clan like Guitarist Gary “Diaperman” Shider (RIP), Saxophonist Greg Thomas, Dancer Carlos “Sir Nose” McMurray & Vocalist Belita Woods.
Everyone was so friendly and down to earth. I took more to Belita Woods because she had such a nurturing mother like spirit. Her eyes lit up when I said “You’re were in the group “Brainstorm” I loved “This Must Be Heaven”. She smiled and said “Thank You” and gave me a big hug and we took a picture together. I did finally get my chance to meet and take a picture with George Clinton but I was very fond of Belita and now that I found out that she has passed. My heart and condolences goes out to her family.
RIP- Belita Woods
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