Allen Collins Band

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Allen Collins Band
Origin Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
Genres Southern rock, Hard rock, Blues-rock
Years active 1983–1985
Labels MCA Records
Associated acts Lynyrd Skynyrd
The Rossington-Collins Band
Past members Allen Collins
Billy Powell
Derek Hess
Randall Hall
Jimmy Dougherty
Leon Wilkeson
Barry Harwood
Mike Owings
Michael Ray Fitzgerald
Phil Price

The Allen Collins Band was a spinoff of southern-rock bands Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Rossington-Collins Band. It existed from 1983 to 1984 and was formed shortly after the dissolution of the Rossington-Collins Band.

History[edit]

Most of the members carried over from the Rossington-Collins Band, with the exceptions of Dale Krantz and Gary Rossington, who quit after a row with Collins. Vocalist Jimmy Dougherty was brought in as front man.

The band's name was originally Horsepower, but just prior to the release of its debut album it discovered another band was already using that name. The Allen Collins Band released "Here, There and Back" on MCA in 1983, its only album. The sudden death of Collins' wife, Kathy, took its toll on Collins. Emotionally drained, his behavior became more and more erratic, and the band began to disintegrate.

Jacksonville guitarist Mike Owings joined in the spring of 1984 and co-wrote several unrecorded songs with Collins (Owings joined Molly Hatchet in 1999 and is currently lead guitarist in David Allan Coe's band). In 1985, in a last-ditch attempt to refurbish the lineup, Collins recruited vocalist/guitarist Michael Ray Fitzgerald and bassist Phil Price, but the project completely fell apart at this point (Fitzgerald, Price and former ACB singer Jimmy Dougherty had formed Mike Angelo and the Idols with Dougherty on drums; Dougherty later played drums for St. Augustine alt-country band Gunga Din, renamed Crabgrass).

Keyboardist Billy Powell and bassist Leon Wilkeson re-joined Skynyrd in 1987. Guitarist Randall Hall formed the Randall Hall Band, with which he still performs. Barry Harwood moved to Nashville. Derek Hess lives in Jacksonville and performs regularly with various local bands.

Band members[edit]

  • Allen Collins - Guitars (1983-1985; died 1990)
  • Billy Powell - Keyboards (1983-1985; died 2009)
  • Derek Hess - Drums (1983-1985)
  • Randall Hall - Guitar & Vocals (1983-1985)
  • Jimmy Dougherty - Vocals (1983-1985; died 2008)
  • Leon Wilkeson - Bass (1983-1985; died 2001)
  • Barry Lee Harwood - Guitar (1983-1984)
  • Mike Owings - Guitar (1984-1985)
  • Michael Ray Fitzgerald - Guitar & Vocals (1985)
  • Phil Price - Bass (1985)

Discography[edit]

  • Here, There, and Back (MCA 1983)
  • Here, There & Back re-released by ROLL FOR ROCK / LAAC Publishing 11-2007

Live recordings[edit]

  • "Live at the Lone Star Cafe" November 7, 1983
    • This is the only known live recording of the band.
    • Intermingled with the setlist are a few Lynyrd Skynyrd covers, with the set culminating in what is the final recorded version of "Freebird" with Allen Collins.

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