Bringin’ the Funk

By: sonofabeach96

Oct 26 2015

Category: Uncategorized


On this day, in 1951, Bootsy Collins was born in Cincinnati, OH.  He’s primarily known as a bass guitar player, but is also a singer, songwriter, keyboardist, and drummer.

His first band was The Pacemakers, started in 1968 with his brother, Phelps “Catfish” Collins, Frankie Waddy, and Philippe Wynne.  The Pacemakers were hired as James Brown’s back-up band in 1970, after Brown’s band quit in a pay dispute.  They only worked for James Brown for 11 months but were present for most of his serious funk recordings.  After leaving Brown, he returned to Cincinnati and formed The House Guests.

In 1972, he turned down an opportunity to join The Spinners and was introduced to George Clinton by future Parlaiment member Mallia Franklin.  Bootsy, his brother Phelps, and Frankie Waddy then joined Funkadelic.  Bootsy played bass on all of Parlaiment’s, with the exception of Osmium, and most of Funkadelic’s recordings through the early 80’s. He was also credited with writing several of those songs.  During that time, he was also involved in other side projects, even reaching no. 1 on the R and B charts in 1978 with “Bootzilla” by Bootsy’s Rubber Band.

As a performer, Collins took on several “alter-egos”, from Casper The Funky Ghost to Bootzilla.  He’s had numerous incarnations musically as well.  He’s worked with Herbie Hancock, Jerry Harrison of The Talking Heads, DeeLite, and Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner.  He’s collaborated with Dell McCoury to form the GrooveGrass Boyz, with George Clinton outside of P-F, The Soup Dragons, Fatboy Slim, and Snoop Dogg.  He’s been involved in the Monday Night Football promos, the soundtrack for Superbad, and even portrayed a DJ in the 2013 edition of Grand Theft Auto V.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, along with 15 other members of Parlaiment-Funkadelic.  He promoted Rock The Vote in 2008.  He was awarded the Bass Player Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.  He launched Funk University, an on-line only bass guitar school in 2010 and he is the curator and an instructor.

I was lucky enough to see him live at Bonnaroo in 2011.  He’s awesome, exceptionally entertaining, and a pioneer and innovator of the “funk” sound.  Happy B’day to this master of funk.

My songs of the day are:

“Soul Power” by James Brown

“Bootzilla” by Bootsy’s Rubber Band

“Mothership Connection (Star Child)” by Parliament

“One Nation Under A Groove” by Funkadelic

“Up For The Down Stroke” by Parliament

8 comments on “Bringin’ the Funk”

  1. That’s great stuff there!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Completely unknown to me!! Thanks for the tunes!!

    Liked by 1 person

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