r&r bands


On this day in music history: March 25, 1978 - “Bootzilla” by Bootsy’s Rubber Band hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 1 week. Written and produced by George Clinton and William “Bootsy” Collins, it is the biggest for the Cincinnati, OH based R&B/Funk band led and fronted by bassist and vocalist William “Bootsy” Collins. Bootsy writes the song after he gives “Flash Light” away to friend George Clinton for Parliament to record after he decides it’s not right for his own band. Inspired by his own outlandish sense of humor and his larger than life flashy image, “Bootzilla” is the nick name Collins gives himself after his fellow musicians call him “a monster” for his musical prowess. The basic track is recorded at United Sound in Detroit, MI, with Collins playing bass and drums himself. It is released as the first single from Bootsy’s third album “Bootsy? Player Of The Year” in January of 1978. In an interestingly ironic twist, “Bootzilla” replaces Parliament’s “Flash Light” at the top of the R&B singles chart.