Bootsy Collins
* October 26, 1951
United States
Solo Artist
Bootsy Collins (William Earl "Bootsy" Collins) went on to collaborate with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, (P-Funk) where the One was established along with many gold and platinum hit records. Then came Bootsy’s own off shoot legendary monster group Bootsy's Rubber Band. This is where Bootsy became Bootzilla and a whole host of other characters. In 1991, Collins received a video in the mail. It was from a guy with a bucket on his head who called himself Buckethead, the two proceeded to record Buckethead’s first Album called Buckethead Land. Soon after that Dee-lite sent a Boot-signal high in the sky and Bootsy answered, which led to recording Groove is in the Heart. Collins subsequently hooked up and recorded with artists such as Snoop Dogg, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phil Ramone, Keith Richards, Victor Wooten, Dave Stewart, Fatboy Slim, Herbie Hancock, Cyndi Lauper, Ice Cube, Afrika Bambaataa and Bill Laswell, Motown’s Funk Brothers. In 1997, Bootsy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received his first Grammy in 2002 with his friend FatBoy Slim.

Bootsy appeared as a choir director in a cameo for a Nike commercial with LaBron James and composed the music. The commercial featured Bernie Mac, Jerry West, Dr. J, and Moses Malone. He also appeared in a commercial with Madonna for Motorola. Mr. Collins has also done commercial campaigns with AT&T, worked with Gatorade on Music for TV commercial for Tiger Woods, signed with EMI Publishing Company.

Mr. Collins starred in the video Undercover Funk for the Undercover Brother (2002) movie. He appeared in Doggy Fizzle with Snoop Dogg for MTV airing from 2002-2003. He starred in the movie Standing in the Shadows of Motown, which is currently playing on Showtime. Delta Airlines interviewed Bootsy and the Funk Brothers, to discuss Standing in the Shadows of Motown which played Delta’s radio and flights both Domestic and International.

United Airlines interviewed Bootsy’s career which is played on United Airlines radio and flights both Domestic and International.

He is a Grammy award winning artist for Weapon of Choice where he co-wrote the song with Fat Boy Slim.

He won the Golden Hanger Award from Joan Rivers and the E Channel for the boldest outfit on the Red Carpet for the Grammy’s, he has composed music for Pontiac commercial featuring Samuel L Jackson.

Composed songs for video games that included MLB 2004, 2005, 2006, Grand Turismo and was the announcer for NBA Amsterjam with Acclaim. The video songs are Let’s Roll, D-Greasy Rides, Wild Ride and Wonna Play.

In 2001, he also in conjunction with the NBA used Mr. Collin’s album Fresh Outta P University for the video game. Music used was Do The Freak and Off Da Hook. He composed a Christmas CD with Shout Records in 2006, worked with OMNI Entertainment for Ringtones, and completed a soundtrack for a movie with Lion Gate called Akeelah and the Bee.

In 2007, he had his own character in the 2nd season for Lunatics Unleashed animation film with Warner Brothers.

Mr. Collins is also working with an assortment of artist & groups to assist with enhancing their abilities and talents in the music industry. Here are some of the artist: Freekbass, Kan-di, DJ, Ben Lapps, li’l Diamond, Sirens on Sunday, & Olvido Ruiz. Mr. Collins also has a new restaurant in Cincinnati called (Bootsy’s), produced by Mr. Jeff Ruby.

Mr. Collins', has two star basses out on the market, one was custom made by: Washburn guitars, the other was made by: Traben basses. He has a new for 2010 bass out made by: Warwick basses which are available in the international market. DR Strings has designed the Bootzilla Monster Strings which are available on the international market. He has a line of hats and star glasses with Elope, and a new bass pedal available with Snarling Dog called: the Bootzilla fuzz-wha.

In 2010, Mr. Collins signed with Mascot Records and has a new album coming out called: Bootsy Collins Funk University due out early 2011.

On May 31, 2010, the legendary musician has teamed up with Scene Four to launch the very first online Funk University in July, 2010. Bootsy laments that kids today will be guided through a course to help connect the dots in musical history so that where it came from will always be common knowledge. So the online BCFU, or FU, will offer classes in bass guitar. Funk U is a collaboration with Stanley Clark, John B. Williams, Meshell Ndegeocello, Victor Wooten, Freekbass, George Clinton, Frankie "Kash" Waddy, Dennis Chambers, TM. Stevens, Divinity Roxxs, Les Claypool, Steve Bailey, Thee Ram Jam, Norwood Fisher, and Dave Burnett.

In 2010, the Bootsy Collins Foundation was born. Bootsy Collins Foundation (BCF) will promote learning by offering opportunities for participants to experience life through music programs and career opportunities. As a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization, BCF will focus on providing a means of reaching youth and teens through fun, constructive musical and educational activities – instilling confidence and character necessary for them to grow into productive members of society and responsible adults.

Bootsy's original "Space Bass" and its replacement (before recovery after theft) was made in Warren, Michigan by Larry Pless of Gus Zoppi's music store. The first Space Bass had a mahogany body and maple neck, white finish and mirror pick guard. (This is the Space Bass on the cover of 1976 album " Strechin' Out In Bootsy's Rubber Band).

Bass guitars
Collins' current signature instrument is a custom-built star -shaped bass guitar he calls the "Space Bass", built for him by Manuel "Manny" Salvador of GuitarCraft in 1998. In 2006 Collins made an agreement with Traben to make a signature Bootsy Collins model bass called the "Bootzilla". During the 2010 NAMM Show, Collins' new signature bass guitar was released by Warwick, a customized Infinity Bass called "Bootsy Collins Black Star Signature Bass" or "Bootsy Collins Orange Star Signature Bass", depending on the color of the stars on it.
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