Clinton and Sidney Barnes were well acquainted by the time
they arrived in Detroit to work for Wingate and Bratton.
had been introduced to each other by George Kerr, prior to
working for Raynoma Gordy at Jobete Music, in New York City,
moved on to Sue Records, then Red Bird Records,
as a songwriter and artist.
At Red Bird, he recorded some classic songs including
"You'll always be in style" and "I hurt on
the other side".
took his group, the Parliaments, to Detroit in '64 and
signed with Motown. Being in the shadow of the mighty Temptations,
however, nothing came of this venture.
Clinton and Barnes then
teamed at Golden World, joining forces with Mike Terry to form
first mention of Geo-Si-Mik on a Golden World 45, came in July
1966 via Tony Michael's
release, "I love the life I live".
of their best productions was by the Parliaments. It was the
classic double-sider "That was my
girl" c/w "Heart trouble".
Joe Hunter and Bert Keyes provided the arrangements for
and the Parliaments moved on to Revilot in 1967 where they released a number
of 45's including the classic
"Testify" which reached Pop #20, R&B #3.
It wouldn't be too long
before the birth of Parliament and Funkadelic, and a whole
new ball game, in P-Funk.