Wednesday, August 11, 2010

R.I.P Catfish Collins

One of the understated great musicians passed away recently and I wanted to acknowledge it here as I have done before with a few other artists.
Phelps "Catfish" Collins died at 66 years of age after a struggle with Cancer.  He was instrumental in creating the sound of some of the best bands this country has ever heard (I will get into this more in the future post as I have been thinking about it for a while, I promise) and with his amazing younger brother Bootsy, he was the interlocking rhythm backing James Brown and forming Funkadelic's foundation.   

In my opinion he was the greatest rhythm guitarist of all time.

I rest my case.

Happy to be in the background, Catfish ceded the spot light to some truly legendary players, but left his own distinct mark on the timeless classics.  Happily playing his patented Vox Ultrasonic
 the man scratched, bounced and strummed, providing the soundtrack for generations to come who would sample his guitar work constantly in hip-hop. 

He could be funky:

Or Freaky with his brother in the spotlight....

For added laughs on a day of remembering who Bootsy called "the Happiest Man on Earth", check out this video of "Cosmic Slop" the crew with Catfish having a blast in NYC:

He could be tight as a drum or drippy trippy, and his sound will be Eternal.  RIP Catfish.


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