Personalities | Bootsy Collins | Seventies | Rock

(Bass, vocals, b. 1951)

Formerly the bassist in James Brown’s backing group the J.B.s of which his driving, rhythmic playing was a prominent feature, Collins joined George Clinton’s musical collective in 1972, supplying bass and songwriting for Funkadelic. An outrageous showman, he founded Bootsy’s Rubber Band, whose first three albums, Stretchin’ Out In Bootsy’s Rubber Band (1976), Ahh ... The Name Is Bootsy, Baby (1977) and Bootsy? Player Of The Year (1978) are funk masterworks.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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