Guitarist Phelps “Catfish” Collins died on Friday following a battle with cancer, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. He was 66. Phelps was the older brother of bassist Bootsy Collins, with whom he played in James Brown’s band the J.B.’s and George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic outfits.
According to Bootsy Collins, it was his sibling who first inspired him to play music. “I just kept bugging him and kept stealing his guitar when he went on his paper route,” the bassist told the Los Angeles Times in 1990.
Collins contributed to numerous James Brown hits, including 1970’s seminal funk anthem “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine.” More recently, together with his brother, he played on the soundtrack to the 2007 movie Superbad.
Collins’ death comes less than two months after that of Funkadelic guitarist Gary Shider, who passed away on June 16.
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