The Birth of Bootsy
William Earl "Bootsy" Collins first came into the spotlight backing the late great James Brown as James attempted to regroup after losing most members of his previous band over pay disputes. Though Bootsy and his band “The J.Bʼs” only backed James Brown for 11 months, it was during this time that “The Godfather of Soul” made some of his most intense funk records with hits like “Sex Machine” and “Soul Power”. This “funky” sound was greatly influenced by the pocket and innovative sound of Bootsy Collins. Bootsy would go on to form “Parliament Funkadelic” one of the most iconic funk groups of all time. Here’s an excerpt from a documentary featuring Bootsy talking about his beginnings.