Lyn Collins - RIP
Posted on 3/17/2005at 5:17 PM
Depending on which generation you're from, Lyn Collins will either be remembered as the yin to James Brown's yang during his "first family of soul" period in the early and mid-70's with her big hit, "Think (About It)" or you would remember her as the oft-sampled voice in Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock's "It Takes Two". May her soulful voice rest in peace. Here's the official story from the New York Times:

Lyn Collins, 56, Singer With James Brown, Dies

Published: March 16, 2005

LOS ANGELES, March 15 (AP) - Lyn Collins, whose funky vocals got her a spot in James Brown's stage show and the nickname the Female Preacher, died on Sunday in Pasadena. She was 56.

The cause was cardiac arrhythmia, her son Bobby Jackson said.

Ms. Collins, who lived in Abilene, Tex., was visiting the Los Angeles area after having returned from a tour in Europe last month, Mr. Jackson said. She was to have started touring again next month.

Born in Dime Box, Tex., Ms. Collins took up singing as a teenager. At 14, she married a man who worked as the local promoter for the James Brown Revue. Mr. Brown heard her sing, and she was invited to join his traveling show in 1970.

Her powerful voice led Mr. Brown to nickname her the Female Preacher. Two years later, she cut her first solo album, "Think (About It)."

Over the years, Ms. Collins's songs have appeared in various compilations, but the hip-hop duo Rob Base and D.J. E-Z Rock exposed her work to a new generation when they sampled one of her songs for their 1988 hit "It Takes Two."

Since then, other contemporary R&B and rap artists have also mined Ms. Collins's songs, including the rapper Ludacris.

She was forced to limit her touring in recent years because of rheumatoid arthritis, Mr. Jackson said.

In addition to Bobby Jackson, Collins is survived by another son, Anthony Jackson, and four grandchildren.

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