American singer and bassist who was one of the pioneering voices of the funk genre, playing with James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic. test
He became a part of The Pacemakers band with his brother at the age of seventeen. The Pacemakers went on to become James Brown's band.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
He had a son named Bill Jr. through his marriage with Patti Collins.
He and George Clinton were both in Parliament-Funkadelic.