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Lyn Collins (The Female Preacher)

Nicknamed the "Female Preacher," Lyn Collins was discovered in the early '70s along with her relatives Bootsy and Catfish Collins by James Brown, who was making the transition to the hardest funk phase of his career. Lyn Collins was born June 12, 1948, in Abilene, TX, where she grew up; she began singing in her teens, waxing a tune called "Unlucky in Love" at age 14, and married a man who served both as her manager and as the local promoter for the James Brown Revue. Collins sent Brown a demo tape and he responded by essentially putting her on standby in 1970, when Marva Whitney left the Revue. Former vocalist Vicki Anderson elected to rejoin, however, so Brown instead invited Collins to come to Georgia for a recording session in early 1971, which produced the single "Wheel of Life." By the end of that year, Anderson was ready to leave again, and Collins officially joined the James Brown Revue. In 1972, Brown's People Records label released Collins' self-penned single "Think (About It)"; produced by Brown, it became her first and biggest hit, made her the most commercially successful female singer in Brown's camp, and was later sampled for the main vocal hook in the party rap classic "It Takes Two" by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock. Collins' first full-length album, also titled Think (About It), was released later in the year. Collins continued to record singles for Brown through 1973, also fulfilling her heavy touring commitments as a member of the Revue. Collins' second album, Check It Out if You Don't Know Me by Now, was released in 1975. She eventually became a backup session vocalist, also appearing on the soundtracks of the film Dr. Detroit and the TV series Fame. Around the late '80s/early '90s, Collins attempted a comeback as a dance-club diva, recording the house single "Shout" for Belgium's ARS label, and a self-penned track called "Break Your Heart" for an Italian label. In 1993, Collins' profile was given a boost by female dancehall reggae singer Patra, who invited Collins to perform on her hit remake of "Think (About It)"; partly due to the resulting interest, her two official albums were reissued in England and Holland. In addition, Collins' work has appeared on Polydor compilations like James Brown's Funky People and James Brown's Original Funky Divas, as well as the bootleg singles comp Female Preacher; she continued to tour and perform, most notably at the European Jazz/Funk Festival (in both 1998 and 1999) and the Montreux Jazz Festival. Shortly after returning from a European tour in February of 2005, Lyn Collins passed away on March 13 at the age of 56. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Funk: Gold

Disc 1

1. Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine

2. Look-Ka Py Py

3. Express Yourself

4. Super Bad

5. Rock Steady

6. Jungle Fever

7. Outa-Space

9. Pass The Peas

10. Funky Stuff

11. Let Your Hair Down

12. Tell Me Something Good

13. Pick Up The Pieces

14. Love Rollercoaster

15. Get The Funk Out Ma Face

Disc 2

1. The Payback

2. Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)

3. I'll Be Good To You

4. Too Hot To Stop

5. Got To Give It Up

6. Brick House

7. Running Away

8. It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me

9. (Everytime I Turn Around) Back In Love Again

10. Ffun

11. Let's Get Serious

12. Give It To Me Baby

13. Square Biz

14. Outstanding

15. Word Up!

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That is right u got to think love this song
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omarpad222
Lyn Collins seems to naturally lure anybody who's listening to her get up and dance. Her funky groove is amazing, as well as her associate James Brown. Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock resampled Think (About It) on their classic hip-hop single It takes two which was a hit. No wonder it was one of hip-hop's greatest hits... Yeah! Woo!
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lrcrwy0
Loved this song then and love it now.
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I play Pandora at work, and this came on! I was up dancing and so were some of the patient's! LOL!
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Funk before its time.
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@Bryce: Lyn Collins version is definitely the best! It is the original written and produced by THE GODFATHER OF SOUL,JAMES BROWN!!
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patricehair
Brings back so many good memories of better times and good music. Go Lyn!
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fluellen825
I don't know which one is better! The original or Rob Base" It takes Two"! Toss up!
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I remeber this song from my own house parties in my basement in the bronx. Mixed on my reel-to-reel tape recorder
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olysportsmcl e a n
I have always loved this song! She rocks it and James Brown in the background made sampling such a common practice for hip hop and others.....O n e of the best songs to wake up to......
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I think this is one of hip hops greatest sample records. I can think of about 10 producers who used this song. Lyn was classical soul at its finest.
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my mom was pumping this song all the time when I was little.
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I remeber this song from the
house parties we couldn't
attend..caus e we were too little but
still we grooved to this

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