Bootsy Collins' Ten Greatest Hits

Bootsy Collins celebrated his 64th birthday on October 26, 2015

Born on October 26, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Bootsy Collins is one of the greatest bass players of all-time. Known for his flamboyant costumes and effervescent personality, he played bass on several James Brown iconic hits when he was 19 years old as a member of "The Original J.B.'s." In 1972, Bootsy joined George Clinton and recorded several Parliament-Funkadelic classics. While continuing to tour and record with Clinton, he launched his solo career in 1976 with Bootsy's Rubber Band. His 1978 release, Bootsy? Player of the Year, reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart.

In addition to Brown, Clinton and P-Funk, Collins has also recorded with Herbie HancockThe Talking Heads, and the drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsies, Buddy Miles. In 1980, Collins  co-produced the number one debut album by Zapp.

In 1997, Collins he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Parliament-Funkadelic.

Here is a list of "Bootsy Collins' Ten Greatest Hits."

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1970 - "Super Bad"

Bootsy Collins. Fin Costello/Redferns

Bootsy Collins played bass on James Brown's 1970 number one hit, "Super Bad." Originally released as a three-part single, it reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Brown re-recorded "Super Bad" for a 1971 album of the same name.

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1970 - "Get Up (I Feel Like Being A ) Sex Machine"

Bootsy Collins playing bass with James Brown in London, England on March 1, 1970. David Redfern/Redferns

"Get Up (I Feel Like Being A ) Sex Machine" in 1970 was one of the first songs James Brown recorded with his new band, The J.B.'s, which featured brothers Bootsy Collins on bass and Catfish Collins on guitar. With Bobby Byrd singing background vocals, it was a number two R&B hit.

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1971 - "Soul Power"

Bootsy Collins playing bass with James Brown in London, England on March 1, 1970. David Redfern/Redferns

In 1971, James Brown recorded "Soul Power" with "The Original J.B.s" including Bootsy Collins on bass. The three-part single peaked at number three on the Billboard R&B chart.

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1978 - "Flash Light" by Parliament

George Clinton and Bootsy Collins. David Corio/Redferns

From Parliament's 1977 Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome album, "Flashlight" reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart. It was their second million selling single.

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1978 - "One Nation Under a Groove" by Funkadelic

George Clinton and Bootsy Collins. David Corio/Redferns

The title song of Funkadelic's 1978 One Nation Under A Groove album became the group's first number one hit on the Billboard R&B chart. It was the group's first million selling single.

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1976 - "Tear The Roof Off The Sucker (Give Up The Funk)" by Pariliament

George Clinton and Bootsy Collins. KMazur/WireImage

 From the 1975 Mothership Connection album, "Tear The Roof Off The Sucker (Give Up The Funk)" was Parliament's first million selling single. It reached number five on the Billboard R&B chart and number 15 on the Hot 100.

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1979 - "(Not Just) Knee Deep" by Funkadelic

Bootsy Collins. Ray Tamarra/Getty Images for BMI)

In 1979, "(Not Just) Knee Deep" became Funkadelic's second number one hit on the Billboard R&B chart. It was released on the Uncle Jam Wants You album.

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1976 - "P. Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)" by Parliament

Boosty Collins. Johnny Nunez/WireImage

From Parliament's 1975 Mothership Connection album, "P. Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)"  reached number 33 on the Billboard R&B chart.

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1972 - "Takin' Loud and Sayin' Nothing"

Bootsy Collins. KMazur/WireImage

Composed by James Brown and Bobby Byrd, "Talkin' Loud and Saying' Nothing" reached number one in 1972 from the album  There It Is.

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1978- Bootzilla"

Bootsy Collins. David Redfern/Redferns

From the 1978 number on R&B album, Bootsy? Player of the Year, the song "Bootzilla" reached the top of the Billboard R&B chart. Bootsy Collins composed and produced the song with George Clinton.