Bootsy Collins, bassist
Bassist ~ Singer ~ Songwriter
birth name: William Earl Collins

Bootsy Collins

October 26, 1951, Cincinnati, OH

Rising to prominence with James Brown in the late 1960s, and with Parliament-Funkadelic in the '70s, Collins's driving bass guitar and humorous vocals established him as one of the leading names in funk. Collins is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic. ~ Wikipedia: Bootsy Collins ~ retrieved October 21, 2013 © Wikipedia

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October 26, 1974 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (17) Bachman Turner Overdrive, You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet/Free Wheelin ~ #2 (3) Stevie Wonder, You Haven't Done Nothin ~ #1 (2) Dionne Warwick & The Spinners, Then Came You


Bootsy Collins is one of the all-time great funk and R&B bassists, besides being a consummate character. Born in Detroit, Collins formed the Pacesetters during the '60s, a unit that not only included vocalist Philippe Wynne (later of Spinners fame), but also George Clinton as a sideman. Collins and Clinton soon established a lifelong personal and musical friendship, and Collins and his comrades became part of the JB's, James Brown's backing band, from 1969 to 1971. Collins' inspired, clever progressions and patterns were a vital part of such records as ‘Get Up, I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine.’ The group became the House Guests after departing the JB's, until Collins joined Clinton's Parliament/Funkadelic empire in 1971. He co-wrote ‘Tear the Roof Off the Sucker’ with Clinton and Jerome Brailey and established himself so effectively that Clinton urged him to form his own band. Bootsy's Rubber Band emerged in 1976, a spirited ensemble that included Collins' brother Phelps (‘Catfish’), as well as fellow James Brown bandmembers Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker, Joel Johnson, Gary Cooper, Rick Gardner, and Richard Griffiths. (Collins also featured his alter egos ‘Bootzilla’ and ‘Casper, the Friendly Ghost’ as part of the stage act.) ~ Allmusic: Bootsy Collins ~ retrieved October 21, 2013 © Allmusic

Bootsy's Rubber Band ~ Stretchin' Out (1976) ~ Ranked #19 NME Best Albums Of 1976.

As a Session musician, guest or band member

George Clinton ~ Computer Games (1982) ~ Ranked #59 Rolling Stone 100 Best Albums Of The Eighties in 1990 ~ “I was having fun on that album,” George Clinton says of Computer Games, which contains blueprints for all the tangents funk and rhythm & blues would take in the Eighties. ~ 1990 © Rolling Stone


Parliament-Funkadelic ~ Inducted in the 1997 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

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