THE COLLINS KIDS
When Larry and Lorrie Collins of the Collins Kids stepped onstage at Hemsby-On-Thames in
May 1993 before some three thousand raving British rockabilly fans, the brother-sister duo
were returning to rock and roll for the first time since they were quite literally children.
But the legend of the Collins Kids only grew in their absence. Their '50's recordings were
reissued with a startling regularity, culminated by a 1991 Bear Family boxed set from Germany,
"Hop Skip & Jump." Bootleg tapes of their TV appearances circulated hotly on the
COLLINS KIDS "VIDEOS"
As teenagers, the two siblings appeared regularly on "Town Hall Party," a weekly Los Angeles
television show hosted by country star Tex Ritter, where the beautiful brunette Lorrie belted out the
rock and roll with the authority and audacity of someone twice her age and her exposed nerve
younger brother twanged and trilled the double-neck Mosrite guitar with a ferocity
equally belying his
Born and raised in Pretty Water, Oklahoma, their father and mother sold the farm and the cows to
move to California so the two talented children could pursue their show business destinies. Within
a year, the two joined the cast of the weekly country music showcase on Los Angeles television in 1954.
It was on "Town Hall Party" that teen idol and TV star Ricky Nelson first saw Lorrie Collins. Before
long, she became his first steady girlfriend.
The Collins Kids appeared on national TV shows like Ed Sullivan and Steve Allen and toured with
country music stars of the day like Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins before Lorrie's teenage marriage
interceded. By 1962, the duo even stopped recording, while Lorrie concentrated on motherhood and Larry
turned his skills to songwriting.
Larry Collins experienced considerable success as the author of "Delta Dawn" and "You're the Reason
God Made Oklahoma," both nominated for Grammy awards, and he recorded his sister singing duets with
longtime friends and associates like Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson (who teamed with Lorrie Collins
on the unreleased sequel to Larry's hit, "Daughter Of Delta Dawn"). Larry even recorded his own material
in the headquarters of Southern soul, Muscle Shoals, before he remarried and settled in Reno, Nevada,
where his sister was also living.
After the enormous success at the Hemsby rockabilly festival, the Collins Kids returned to the States
and played sold out dates at both San Francisco's Bimbo's and Hollywood's Palamino nightclubs. Producers
Scott Mathews and Joel Selvin, the team behind the extraordinary comeback of surf guitar king Dick Dale,
contacted the Collinses about recording and, with a top flight crew of Bay Area rock musicians, set about
returning the Collins Kids to the contemporary rock scene, recording a selection of songs by songwriters
such as Marshall Crenshaw and Dave Alvin.
Larry and Lorrie Collins may never have achieved the massive stardom the '50's promised them, but
their work managed to endure, spreading the word to fans as far-flung as Elvis Costello and Richard
Thompson, who both offered to write songs for any forthcoming Collins Kids comeback. Oddly enough, more
than thirty years after their last rock and roll record, the Collins
Kids' time may have finally come.
Steve Allen Show
Ed Sullivan Show
Dean Martin Show
Perry Como Show
Merv Griffin Show
Johnny Cash Show
Tony Bennett Show
Dinah Shore Show
Johnny Carson Show
Ozzie and Harriet Show
Art Linkletter's House Party
Town Hall Party
Star-Route Series (with Glen Campbell)
Grand Ole Opry
Jackie Gleason Show
Love of the Common People, (Waylon Jennings Special,
script and score written by Larry Collins)
Harrah's - Reno and Lake Tahoe
Stardust - Las Vegas
Sahara - Las Vegas
Madison Square Garden
New York State Fair
Michigan State Fair
Hawaii State Fair
4 European Tours
4 Far East Tours
Bear Family Records - GMBLT
"Rockin' Rollin' Collins Kids,"
Bear Family Sales (CBS)
"Rock-A-Billy Stars of the 50's"
Epic Records (CBS)
"Rockin' Rollin" Larry Collins and Joe Maphis"
Bear Family Sales (CBS)
"The Collins Kids - Volume 11"
Bear Family Sales (CBS)
"Hop Skip and Jump" - The Colins Kids
Bear Family Records BCD15537
1981-1982 - You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma, Artists: David Frizell,
Shelly West, From: "Any Which Way You Can", soundtrack (Clint Eastwood)
1981 - Acapulco, Artist: Johnny Duncan, From: "Any Which Way You Can" soundtrack
1980 - Pecos Promenade, Artist: Tanya Tucker, Glen Campbell, From: "Smokey and the Bandit 11"
soundtrack (Burt Reynolds)
1980 - Red Eye Special, Artist: Larry Collins, From: "Every Which Way But Loose",
soundtrack (Clint Eastwood)
1979 - Tulsa Turnaround, Artist: Kenny Rogers, Triple platinum album
1972 - Delta Dawn, Artist: Helen Reddy, Tanya Tucker
OTHER ARTISTS WHO HAVE RECORDED LARRY'S SONGS:
Three Dog Night
Lacy J. Dalton
1982 - Academy of Country Music Song of the Year for You're The Reason
God Made Oklahoma.
1982 - Nashville Songwriters Association, Intl. Song of the year for You're The Reason God Made
Screenwriting: Delta Dawn - Treatment development by Paramount Pictures, Producers: Loran Dreyfus
and Larry collins, Music: Larry Collins.
Historically credited as one of the originators of "Rock-A-Billy" music in the mid 50's, at the age of
eight and ten, Tulsa, Oklahoma born Larry and Lorrie Collins, entertained audiences around the globe as
"The Rockin' Rollin' Collins Kids". It was an auspicious beginning for the next twenty years of successful
music making as a duo. In the 70's, Larry turned his attention to songwriting. He produced an impressive
list of hits including two Grammy nominations, "Delta Dawn" and "You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma",
maintaining his status over the next two decades in the entertainment industry. Today their "unique", high
energy sound has catapulted this dynamic duo into
the "Rock-A-Billy" Hall of Fame.
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