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Rickey Vincent

was born William Earl Collins in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Nettie Collins (24 Feb. 1916–24 Nov. 1997). His older brother was musician Phelps “Catfish” Collins, Jr. Raised by a single mother, the Collins brothers learned to play music as children on their own, and in the public schools. As a teenager Bootsy Collins sought to emulate his brother, who played rhythm guitar in local clubs. So Bootsy turned to the bass guitar, fashioning bass strings onto his first guitar, purchased by his mother. The two Collins brothers frequented King Records, in Cincinnati, the headquarters of soul star James Brown’s record company.

Their presence at King Records afforded Bootsy Collins opportunities to record on singles produced at the company and become known to James Brown. In March 1970 after a dispute of over wages and work hours most of James Brown s band was dismissed and ...


Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

guitarist, songwriter, producer, and photographer, was born in London, England, the oldest of three children, to James Reid, a postal worker, and Mary Elizabeth, a hospital worker. His parents had emigrated from the Caribbean island of Montserrat, but anti-immigrant sentiments prompted them to leave London for New York when Reid was two years old. Living in Brooklyn, Reid attended St. Gregory's Catholic School, where he demonstrated an interest in art and drawing. He also seemed fascinated with music, and his parents exposed him to a broad spectrum of their favorites—from calypso, to James Brown, to the Beatles, and the Dave Clark Five By the time he reached Brooklyn Technical High School focusing on industrial design Reid enjoyed an eclectic musical mix of rock blues jazz and R B An after school jazz workshop intensified his interest in music and he began ...