Guitarist Phelps "Catfish" Collins Passes


Guitarist Phelps "Catfish" Collins died August 6 after a long battle with cancer. He was 66.

Collins grew up in Cincinnati with his brother and bandmate Bootsy Collins. In 1968, the brothers played together in the Pacemakers until James Brown hired them to join his band in 1969. Collins played a role in the recording of songs including "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine," "Soul Power," and "Super Bad."

After playing with Brown, the brothers joined Parliament-Funkadelic. Collins played on the band’s <em>America Eats Its Young</em> and was a member of Bootsy’s Rubber Band. Collins left P-Funk in 1983, and more recently contributed the soundtrack for the film <em>Superbad</em>.

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