Back in 2001 we were working on our book, ego trip's Big Book of Racism! , pondering which esteemed folks we could wrangle as guest contributors to our unconventional take on race and popular culture. It turned out to be a task only a few brave souls were up to. One of them was the great Don Cornelius - with whom our own Brent Rollins had been working by that point for a number of years. Don was cool enough to contribute a list of his favorite funky Caucasian musicians . With the somber news of his passing, we thought we'd pay homage to the man by re-running his contribution to BBOR! , which we're still geeked off of all these years later. Thanks again, Mr. Cornelius. Peace, love, and soul to you always...
PEEP THE LIST OF DON CORNELIUS' FAVORITE FUNKY WHITE BOYS (AND GIRLS!)... AFTER THE JUMP...
10. Mose Allison
9. Michael McDonald
8. Frank Sinatra
7. Eric Clapton
"They say he's funky. I guess because of his reputation."
6. Joe Cocker
4. David Bowie
"He's married to a sista. He's gotta be funky."
3. Bonnie Raitt
2. Mick Jagger
1. James Taylor
"He's the funkiest I've ever seen... the funkiest nigga that ever walked."