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 eras definitive funk anthems. Collins was later part of the large-scale defection in which several of Browns most valued musicians switched to George Clintons Parliament / Funkadelic organization. The bass players popularity inspired the formation of Bootsys 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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