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DeWayne "Blackbyrd" McKnight (born April 17, 1954) is an American guitarist. He was a member of The Headhunters, a jazz-funk fusion band from 1975 through 1978 and Parliament-Funkadelic from 1978 though 2008. He served briefly as guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers after the death of Hillel Slovak in 1988 though was quickly replaced by John Frusciante.[3][4] He also played briefly with Miles Davis in 1986.

DeWayne "Blackbyrd" McKnight
DeWayne 'Blackbyrd' McKnight - SociaLibrium, Vienna2009 b.jpg
Vienna 2009
Background information
Birth nameDeWayne Stephen McKnight[1]
Also known asBlackbyrd
Born (1954-04-17) April 17, 1954 (age 65)[1]
Los Angeles, California[2]
GenresFunk, funk rock, jazz-funk
Associated actsParliament-Funkadelic
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Headhunters
DeWayne "Blackbyrd" McKnight (Innsbruck, 2009)

Selected discographyEdit


  1. ^ a b California Births, 1905 - 1995, DeWayne Stephen McKnight
  2. ^ Discogs, Dewayne McKnight, Born in Los Angeles in 1954...
  3. ^ Prato, Greg. "Biography: Red Hot Chili Peppers". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Twitter / Flea: blackbyrd McKnight on guitar". Twitter. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  5. ^ Westergaard, Sean. "Review: 'Bout Funkin' Time". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 July 2011.