Bootsy Collins

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Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Collins, 26 October 1951, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. This exceptional showman was an integral part of the JBs, the backing group fashioned by James Brown to replace the Famous Flames. Between 1969 and 1971, the distinctive Collins bass playing propelled some of the era’s definitive funk anthems. Collins was later part of the large-scale defection in which several of Brown’s most valued musicians switched to George Clinton’s Parliament / Funkadelic organization. The bass player’s popularity inspired the formation of Bootsy’s Rubber Band, a spin-off group featuring such Brown/Clinton associates as Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker and Bernie Worrell. Collins’ outrageous image - part space cadet, part psychedelic warlord - emphasized a mix of funk and fun exemplified by ‘Psychoticbumpschool’ (1976), ‘The Pinocchio Theory’ (1977) and ‘Bootzilla’ (1978), a US R&B chart-topper.


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