Collins was a child prodigy of the funky bass, as he was
personally recruited by the Godfather of Soul to play
in the James Brown Band, before he was out of high school.
Bootsy played with James Brown from 1969 to 1971. In 1972,
he joined George Clinton's Parliament/Funkadelic conglomerate
and anchored such funk essentials as "Mothership
Collins, in the mid-seventies, spun off his own group,
"Bootsy's Rubber Band," and scored hits with
"Stretchin' Out (in a Rubberband)", "I'd
Rather Be With You," and "Body Slam." Known
for his "star-shapped sunglasses" and glittering,
outlandish stage costumes, Bootsy was dubbed the clown
prince of funk because of his sly, wink-and-grin lyrics
and his "Hendrix-esque" talk-sing vocals.
recently contributed to crtitically acclaimed documentary
on the Motown studio band, the Funk Brothers. The documentary
is entitled "Standing in the Shadows of Motown."
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