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Lyn Collins

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Lyn Collins (Gloria Lavern Collins, June 12, 1948 – March 13, 2005), was an African-American soul singer best known for working with James Brown in the 1970s and for the influential 1972 funk single “Think (About It)”.

Born in Abilene, Texas, U.S.A., she began her recording career aged 14. Her biggest solo hit was the James Brown-produced gospel-style song “Think (About It)”, from her 1972 album of the same name on People Records. The song contains five breaks which have been widely sampled in hip-hop and drum and bass, most famously, the “Yeah! Woo!” and “It takes two to make a thing go right” loops in Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock’s “It Takes Two” which is composed almost completely from samples of Think including a few lines of Collins’ vocals. Furthermore, it was used in the early sociocritical eurodance classic I Can’t Stand It by Twenty 4 Seven. Another album followed in 1975 Check Me Out If You Don’t Know Me by Now. After the release of this album, she returned to performing mainly as a back-up vocalist.
In the late 1980s and early ’90s, Collins attempted a comeback as a dance/club diva, recording the house single “Shout” for Belgium’s ARS label. In 1993, Collins’ profile was given a boost by female dancehall 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 the Netherlands. Collins continued to tour and perform, most notably at the European Jazz/Funk Festival (in both 1998 and 1999) and the Montreux Jazz Festival.

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