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Bootsy Collins
Bootsy Collins on the cover of Bootsy's Rubber Band's Live in Louisville 1978
Bootsy Collins on the cover of Bootsy's Rubber Band's Live in Louisville 1978
Background information
Birth name William Collins
Born October 26, 1951 (age 55)
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Genre(s) Funk
Soul
Occupation(s) Musician
Songwriter
Instrument(s) Bass guitar
Vocals
Associated
acts
The JB's
Parliament
Funkadelic
Bootsy's Rubber Band
Notable instrument(s)
Space Bass Image:Space Bass.jpg

William "Bootsy" Collins (born October 26, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a pioneering funk bassist, singer, and songwriter. Image File history File links Bootsyinlouisville1978. ... October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 66 days remaining. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Nickname: The Queen City Location in Hamilton County, Ohio, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Ohio County Hamilton Founded 1788 Incorporated 1802 (village) - 1819 (city) Government type Strong mayor  - Mayor Mark L. Mallory (D) Area    - City  79. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Funk is an African American musical style. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music Musicians can be classified by their role in creating or performing music: A singer (or vocalist) uses his or her voice as an instrument. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... The most renowned of James Browns many backing bands (previously, the Famous Flames and the James Brown Band), the J.B.s provided musical support for the legendary singer and bandleader for the first half of the 70s. ... Parliament was originally The Parliaments, a doo-wop group based out of George Clintons Plainfield, New Jersey barber shop. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Parliament-Funkadelic. ... Bootsys Rubber Band was a P-Funk spinoff, led by pioneering bassist Bootsy Collins. ... Image File history File links Space_Bass. ... October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 66 days remaining. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... Nickname: The Queen City Location in Hamilton County, Ohio, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Ohio County Hamilton Founded 1788 Incorporated 1802 (village) - 1819 (city) Government type Strong mayor  - Mayor Mark L. Mallory (D) Area    - City  79. ... Funk is an African American musical style. ... A bassist is a musician who plays a double bass or electric bass (also referred to as bass guitar). ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ...

Contents

Early career

With his brother, Catfish Collins, and Kash Waddy and Philippe Wynne, Collins formed a group called The Pacesetters in 1968. Until 1971, the Pacesetters were the backing band for James Brown, and were known in that context as The JB's. Catfish Collins (born Phelps Collins) is a rhythm guitarist mostly known for his work in the P-Funk collective. ... Philippe Wynne (April 3, 1941 – July 14, 1984) was an African-American R&B vocalist. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ... James Brown, known variously as: Soul Brother Number One, the Godfather of Soul, Mr. ... The most renowned of James Browns many backing bands (previously, the Famous Flames and the James Brown Band), the J.B.s provided musical support for the legendary singer and bandleader for the first half of the 70s. ...


Brown fired Collins after the latter suffered LSD hallucinations on-stage. It is known that the young Bootsy clashed several times with the rigid system Brown used to discipline the young band whenever he felt they stepped out of line. After leaving the band Collins then moved to Detroit, following the advice of singer and future Parliament member Mallia Franklin. Lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly called LSD, LSD-25, or acid. ... A hallucination is a sensory perception experienced in the absence of an external stimulus, as distinct from an illusion, which is a misperception of an external stimulus. ... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... Parliament was originally The Parliaments, a doo-wop group based out of George Clintons Plainfield, New Jersey barber shop. ... Mallia Franklin was a vocalist with P-Funk. ...


P-funk and Rubber Band

Franklin introduced both Collins brothers to George Clinton, and 1972 saw both of the Collins brothers, along with Waddy, join Funkadelic. Bootsy played on most of their early albums, garnering several songwriting credits as well. His bass playing was hard, driving and rhythmic, and has been very influential in the development of Funk, Heavy Metal and Soul music. Bootsy's characteristic watery sound, produced by envelope filters, is one of his distinguishing traits as a bass player. George Clinton (born July 22, 1941) is an American musician, widely considered one of the forefathers of funk. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Parliament-Funkadelic. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ... Funk is an African American musical style. ... Heavy metal (sometimes referred to simply as metal) is a genre of rock music that developed between 1968 and 1974. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Auto-wah (also known as an envelope following filter or just envelope filter) is a type of wah-wah effects pedal typically used with electric guitar, bass guitar, clavinet, and electric piano etc. ...


Like Clinton, Bootsy took on several aliases, from "Casper the Funky Ghost" to "Bootzilla, the world's only rhinestone rockstar monster of a doll" as part of an ever-evolving character, an alien rock star who grew gradually more alien, bizarre and flashy as time went on (see P-Funk mythology). He also adopted his trademark space bass around this time. Bootsy, Catfish, Waddy, Joel Johnson, Gary 'Mudbone' Cooper, Robert Johnson and The Horny Horns formed Bootsy's Rubber Band in 1976, the character of Bootsy evolved into a rhinestone-bedecked, flashy rock god. The P-Funk mythology is a group of recurring fictional characters, themes and ideas related in a series of concept albums and live shows, primarily from Parliament and Funkadelic. ... Joel Johnson is an American businessman and former White House Senior Advisor. ... The Horny Horns is a horn section led by trombonist Fred Wesley. ... Bootsys Rubber Band was a P-Funk spinoff, led by pioneering bassist Bootsy Collins. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ...


Bootsy's Rubber Band is a part of the P Funk umbrella of bands. Most of Bootsy's albums in the post-Parliament and Funkadelic days were released under the name Bootsy's Rubber Band, though he also released an album in 1980 under the name Sweat Band. The first three albums of Rubber Band released in years 1976, 1977 and 1978 are often considered to be among the essential funk recordings. P-Funk is a musical genre associated with George Clinton and other members of Parliament Funkadelic, which had a heyday in the 1970s, and still continues to attract new fans thanks both to the legacy of stank samples it bequeathed to hip hop, and the live shows that the band... Parliament was originally The Parliaments, a doo-wop group based out of George Clintons Plainfield, New Jersey barber shop. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Parliament-Funkadelic. ... Bootsys Rubber Band was a P-Funk spinoff, led by pioneering bassist Bootsy Collins. ... Sweat Band was a short-lived American funk group. ...


Later times

In 1984, Bootsy collaborated with Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads to produce "Five Minutes", a dance record sampled and edited from Ronald Reagan's infamous "Five Minutes" speech. The record was credited to "Bonzo goes to Washington". Jerry Harrison (born February 21, 1949) was the keyboardist and guitarist for the influential New Wave group Talking Heads. ... Talking Heads was an American rock band existing between 1974 and 1991, composed of David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison. ... Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975). ... On August 11, 1984, United States President Ronald Reagan, while running for re-election was preparing to make a radio address. ...


In 1990 Bootsy collaborated with Deee-Lite on their massive hit "Groove Is In The Heart" where he contributed bass and additional vocals. He also appeared in the music video, while Bootsy's Rubber Band became the defacto backing musicians for Deee-Lite during a world tour. Deee-Lite was a house- and dance music group formed in New York City. ... Groove Is In the Heart (1990) is one of the earliest and most famous songs by the American dance music band Deee-Lite. ...


Bootsy collaborated with bluegrass legends Del McCoury, Doc Watson and Mac Wiseman to form the GrooveGrass Boyz. They produced a fusion of bluegrass and funk that listeners either loved as a fresh take on tradition or hated as defiling that same tradition. Del McCoury Delano Floyd McCoury (born February 1, 1939 in Bakersville, North Carolina) is an American bluegrass musician. ... Doc Watson Merle Watson, c. ... Malcolm B. Wiseman (born May 23, 1925 in Waynesboro, Virginia) is a bluegrass singer. ... Created by Nashville, TN producer Scott Rouse, The GrooveGrass Boys combined bluegrass music with funk to form a previously non-existent style. ... Bluegrass has three principal meanings, the second two both deriving from the first listed. ... Funk is an African American musical style. ...


Bootsy has collaborated extensively with Bill Laswell and made appearances on two Fatboy Slim records. Bootsy provided "vocal spice" on the TobyMac album Welcome to Diverse City. He also appears on Nicole C. Mullens' latest album, "Everyday People". He has also worked with the Lo-Fidelity Allstars on the album 'Don't be Afraid of Love', with Praxis, and with Buckethead on several occasions, for example on Buckethead's first album, "Bucketheadland". Bootsy was featured in the 2002 film Standing in the Shadows of Motown. Bill Laswell (born February 12, 1955 in Salem, Illinois and raised in Albion, Michigan) is an American bassist, producer and record label owner. ... Fatboy Slim (born Quentin Leo Cook on July 31, 1963, also known as Norman Cook) is an English musician in the dance music genre. ... Toby McKeehan, professionally known as tobyMac, is best known for his role as a member of the Christian music group dc Talk. ... Praxis is the name of an ever-changing Bill Laswell musical project. ... Buckethead (born Brian Carroll in 1969), is an American guitarist and composer. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Standing in the Shadows of Motown is a 2002 documentary film about the story of the Funk Brothers, Motown Records primary studio band from 1959 to 1972. ...


In 2005, Bootsy Collins added vocals to fellow bassist Victor Wooten's album Soul Circus. He also served as "Heineken's Amsterjam 2005" curator and master of ceremonies on Randall's Island, New York and appeared with Madonna, Iggy Pop, Little Richard, and The Roots' ?uestlove, in an American TV commercial for the Motorola ROKR phone. Victor Lemonte Wooten (born September 11, 1964 in Hampton, Virginia) is an American electric bass guitar player. ... Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie (born August 16, 1958), better known as simply Madonna, is a six-time Grammy[1] and one-time Golden Globe award winning American pop singer, songwriter, record and film producer, dancer, actress, author and fashion icon. ... James Newell Osterberg, Jr. ... Little Richard (born Richard Wayne Penniman, December 5, 1932) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... The Roots, also known as The Legendary Roots Crew, The Fifth Dynasty, The Square Roots and The Foundation, are an influential, Grammy winning Philadelphia-based hip hop group, famed for a heavily jazzy sound and live instrumentation. ... ?uestlove (pronounced Questlove) is the stage name of Ahmir Khalib Thompson, born January 20, 1971 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, an African-American musician, DJ, Journalist, and record producer, best known as the drummer for hip-hop band The Roots. ... Motorola ROKR E1 The Motorola ROKR E1 is the first mobile phone to be integrated with Apple Computers iTunes music player. ...


Collins' signature instrument is a custom-built star-shaped bass guitar he calls the "Space Bass". Currently built for him by Manny Salvador of GuitarCraft in 1998. More recently, Collins has made an agreement with Traben to make a signature Bootsy Collins model bass called the "Bootzilla". This article is about the astronomical object. ... The Traben logo, as seen on their website Traben Bass Company is an electric bass manufacturer based in Clearwater, FL. The company was started by Tracy Hoeft and Ben Chafin, and the name is a contraction of their first names (Tracy and Ben). ...

Collins on the "Fear Da Tiger" shoot.
Collins on the "Fear Da Tiger" shoot.

In October, 2005, Collins co-wrote a song celebrating the resurgence of his hometown team, the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League called "Fear Da Tiger" which features "raps" written and performed by several Bengals players, including defensive end Duane Clemons, offensive tackle Stacy Andrews, and center Ben Wilkerson. An edited version of the song was made into a music video which features cameos by many other Bengals players. It has garnered tremendous local airplay and is viewable on Bengals.com Additionally, Cincinnati Bell is offering "Fear Da Tiger" as a free ringtone for its wireless customers in both polyphonic and MP3 formats. Image File history File linksMetadata Bootsy_3. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Bootsy_3. ... 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in October 28: Richard Smalley 26: Emil Kyulev 24: José Azcona del Hoyo 24: Rosa Parks 23: Stella Obasanjo 22: Liam Lawlor 22: Shirley Horn 20: Endon Mahmood 17: Ba Jin 10: Milton Obote 7: Charles... City Cincinnati, Ohio Team colors Black, Orange and White Head Coach Marvin Lewis Owner Mike Brown Mascot Who Dey League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1968-1969) Western Division (1968-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC Central (1970-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... Defensive end is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American football. ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... Cincinnati Bell is the dominant telephone company for Cincinnati, Ohio and its nearby suburbs in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. ... A ring tone is the sound made by a telephone when ringing. ... In music, the word texture is often used in a rather vague way in reference to the overall sound of a piece of music. ... A portable MP3 player MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, more commonly referred to as MP3, is a popular digital audio encoding, lossy compression format, and algorithm, designed to greatly reduce the amount of data required to represent audio, yet still sound like a faithful reproduction of the original uncompressed audio...


He also sings "Marshal Law", the theme song of the Cincinnati Marshals indoor football team. He debuted the song on April 29, at halftime of a Marshals home game against the West Palm Beach Phantoms.


In 2006, ABC Entertainment / A Charly Films Release released a DVD/CD from Bootsy Collins and the New Rubber Band's concert at the 1998 North Sea Jazz Festival. In the same year, Collins split from long-time friend and guitarist Odhran "The Bodhran" Rameriz, citing creative differences as the reason. ABC Entertainment is a network production company owned by The Walt Disney Company and ABC. It produced shows like Americas Funniest Home Videos, Americas Funniest People, and H.E.L.P. The company was originally known as ABC Circle Films, and later ABC Productions. ... The North Sea Jazz Festival is an annual jazz festival held each second weekend of July in Den Haag, The Netherlands. ...


Also in 2006, Collins recorded music for the animated television series Loonatics Unleashed. Collins also voiced a character that appeared on the series in 2007. [1] Animation is the rapid display of a sequence of images of 2-D artwork or model positions in order to create an illusion of movement. ... Loonatics Unleashed is an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ...


Currently, Bootsy is producing the funk band Freekbass from Ohio.


In April, 2007, Bootsy announced plans to begin a restaurant/club with Cincinnati area restaurateur Jeff Ruby. The restaurant is to be called "Bootsy's Ruby."


Discography

1976 Bootsy's Rubber Band Stretchin' Out in Bootsy's Rubber Band Warner Brothers
1977 Bootsy's Rubber Band Ahh... The Name Is Bootsy, Baby! Warner Brothers
1978 Bootsy's Rubber Band Bootsy? Player of the Year Warner Brothers
1979 Bootsy's Rubber Band This Boot is Made for Fonk-N MVP
1980 Bootsy Collins Ultra Wave Warner Brothers
1980 Sweat Band Sweat Band Uncle Jam
1982 Bootsy Collins The One Giveth, the Count Taketh Away Warner Brothers
1988 Bootsy Collins What's Bootsy Doin'? Columbia
1990 Bootsy's Rubber Band Jungle Bass 4th & Broadway
1991 Bootsy Collins Save What's Mine for Me CBS
1994 Bootsy's New Rubber Band Blasters of the Universe Rykodisc
1994 Zillatron Lord of the Harvest Rykodisc
1995 Bootsy's New Rubber Band Keepin' Dah Funk Alive 4-1995 Rykodisc
1997 Bootsy Collins Fresh Outta 'P' University WEA
1998 Bootsy's Rubber Band Live in Louisville 1978 Disky
2002 Bootsy Collins Play With Bootsy WEA International
2006 Bootsy Collins and the New Rubber Band Live In Concert 1998 ABC Entertainment / A Charly Films Release
2006 Bootsy Collins Christmas Is 4 ever Shout Factory

1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Stretchin Out in Bootsys Rubber Band is a funk album by Bootsy Collins, released in April of 1976 (see 1976 in music). ... Warner Bros. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Ahh. ... Warner Bros. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Warner Bros. ... For the song by the Smashing Pumpkins, see 1979 (song). ... In American sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Warner Bros. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Warner Bros. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... Fourth And Broadway is a subsidiary of Island Records. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Rykodisc Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Rykodisc Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rykodisc Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Warner Music Group (WMG) is one of the four major record labels. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Warner Music Group is one of the Big Four record labels. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... ABC Entertainment is a network production company owned by The Walt Disney Company and ABC. It produced shows like Americas Funniest Home Videos, Americas Funniest People, and H.E.L.P. The company was originally known as ABC Circle Films, and later ABC Productions. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Shout! Factory (founded 2003) is a multi-platform integrated entertainment company that was started by Richard Foos (co-founder of Rhino Records), Bob Emmer (former Warner Music Group and Rhino executive) and Garson Foos (former Rhino executive). ...

Trivia

  • In The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episode, "Sooooooooul Train", Geoffrey sneaks into the Soul Train tapings posing as Bootsy Collins.
  • His music has also been featured in the movie Baby Boy.
  • In the The Mighty Boosh episode "The Legend of Old Gregg" a creature named 'The Funk' lands on Bootsie's house, giving him his ability to play the bass guitar, as well as the ability to see around corners.
  • On January 26, 2007, Bootsy, a native of Cincinnati, gave the commencement address at the graduation ceremony at The Art Institute of Ohio - Cincinnati.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is a popular American sitcom television series that aired on NBC from September 10, 1990 to May 20, 1996. ... Soul Train is a long-running American music-related syndicated television program. ... Baby Boy (2001) is a film written, produced, and directed by John Singleton. ... The Mighty Boosh is a British cult comedy about two friends who go on surreal and magical adventures. ... The Legend of Old Gregg is the fifth episode of the second series of The Mighty Boosh. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ...

References

  1. ^ Epstein, Daniel Robert (2006-10-10). Bootsy Collins interview. SuicideGirls. Retrieved on March 3, 2007.

Bootsy is mentioned in the songe "Genuis of Love" by Tom Tom Club. In the line "...Clinton's musicians such as Bootsy Collins, raise expaectation to a new intention." For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... October 10 is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years). ... The SuicideGirls logo, used on the website and associated merchandise. ... March 3 is the 62nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (63rd in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ...


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