Tommy Collins (country music)
Tommy Collins in 1966
|Birth name||Leonard Raymond Sipes|
|Also known as||Tommy Collins|
September 28, 1930|
Bethany, Oklahoma, US
|Died||March 14, 2000
Ashland City, Tennessee, US
|Genres||Country, Bakersfield sound|
|Years active||1950s – 2000|
Active primarily during the 1950s through the 1970s, Collins was instrumental in helping create the Bakersfield sound of the country music genre. He enjoyed a string of hits during the mid-1950s including "It Tickles" and "Watcha Gonna Do Now". He also wrote several songs for other artists, including "If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')", which was a top 10 hit for Faron Young in 1954 and a No. 1 hit by George Strait in 1988.
After several years in the ministry, Collins returned to recording. In 1965, he had a comeback hit with "If You Can't Bite, Don't Growl". In the 1970s, he wrote several hits for Merle Haggard, including the No. 1 hits "Carolyn" and "The Roots of My Raising". In 1981, Haggard recorded a biographical tribute to Collins called "Leonard".
Collins was the inspiration and character talked about in Craig Morgan's song, "I Wish I Could See Bakersfield".
Collins remained active in the songwriting business. He died March 14, 2000, in Ashland City, Tennessee.
|1957||Words and Music Country Style||—||Capitol|
|1958||Light of the Lord||—|
|1959||This Is Tommy Collins||—|
|1960||Songs I Love to Sing||—|
|1966||Let's Live a Little||—||Tower|
|Tommy Collins on Tour (His Most Requested Songs)||44||Columbia|
|Cowboys Get Lucky Some of the Time||—|
|1954||"You Better Not Do That"||2|
|"Whatcha Gonna Do Now"||4|
|"I Guess I'm Crazy"||13|
|"You Oughta See Pickles Now"||15|
|1964||"I Can Do That" (with Wanda Collins)||47|
|1966||"If You Can't Bite, Don't Growl"A||7|
|"Shindig in the Barn"||47|
|1967||"Don't Wipe the Tears That You Cry for Him (On My Good White Shirt)"||62|
|1968||"I Made the Prison Band"||64|
- A"If You Can't Bite, Don't Growl" also peaked at number 5 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.