Eddie Hazel

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Eddie Hazel
Birth name Edward Earl Hazel
Born April 10, 1950(1950-04-10)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died December 23, 1992(1992-12-23) (aged 42)
Plainfield, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres Funk, psychedelic rock
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1967–1992
Associated acts Funkadelic, Parliament, The Temptations
Notable instruments
Fender Stratocaster

Edward Earl "Eddie" Hazel (April 10, 1950 – December 23, 1992) was an American guitarist. He is most famous for working with Parliament-Funkadelic.

Maggot Brain is famous song by Parliament-Funkadelic and has a ten-minute guitar solo which is one of Hazel's most famous guitar songs. In 2008 Rolling Stone Magazine listed Maggot Brain as number 60 on its list of the " 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time."[1]

In the mid 1970s Hazel was also a member of The Temptations and recorded two albums with the group.

Through his career Hazel had problems with drug and alcohol addiction. In 1974, Hazel was arrested for hitting an airplane stewardess as well as a drug charge. He spent some time in jail.

In 1977 he released his only solo album.

In 1992 Eddie Hazel died from internal bleeding and his liver failed. This was caused by stomach problems due to his alcoholism and drug abuse. The song "Maggot Brain" was played at his funeral.

In 1997, 5 years after his death, Hazel was made a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Parliament-Funkadelic.

Eddie Hazel is listed at 43 in Rolling Stone Magazine's "100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time" issue.[2]

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