Gail Collins Pappalardi

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Gail Collins Pappalardi
Born Gail Delta Collins
(1941-02-02)February 2, 1941
Died December 6, 2013(2013-12-06) (aged 72)
Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico
Occupation Songwriter, artist
Spouse(s) Felix Pappalardi (1939-12-30)December 30, 19391983

Gail Delta Collins Pappalardi (February 2, 1941 - December 6, 2013) was an American songwriter and artist.


Pappalardi was the wife of Felix Pappalardi. She contributed lyrics to many Mountain songs and co-wrote Cream's "World of Pain" with Pappalardi and "Strange Brew" with Pappalardi and Eric Clapton. Both songs are included on the album Disraeli Gears. As Gail Collins, her artwork appears on the album covers, Climbing!, Nantucket Sleighride, Flowers of Evil, Mountain Live: The Road Goes Ever On, Twin Peaks and Avalanche.

On April 17, 1983, Felix Pappalardi was shot once in the neck in their fifth-floor East Side Manhattan apartment. He was pronounced dead at the scene and Collins Pappalardi was charged with second degree murder.[1][2] Collins Pappalardi claimed that the killing was an accident. She was acquitted of second degree murder and manslaughter, but found guilty of criminally negligent homicide.[3][4] On April 30, 1985, she was released on parole.[5]

On December 6, 2013, Collins was found dead by her landlord in the Mexican village of Ajijic, Jalisco, a resort town with many American expatriate residents. She had been undergoing cancer treatments there. She was cremated.[6]


  1. ^ "Record Producer Slain. Police Charge His Wife". Associated Press in the New York Times. April 18, 1983. Retrieved 2009-10-29. Mr. Pappalardi, who was 41 years old, had been shot once in the neck and was pronounced dead when the police arrived at the couple's apartment, at 30 Waterside Plaza on the East Side, according to authorities. 
  2. ^ Pearl, Mike; Fearon, Peter, "Ripped Wedding Souvenir Jolts Star Slay Trial", The New York Post, 9/15/83
  3. ^ Wife Found Guilty In Pappalardi Case , 9/22/83 AP article, published in the New York Times.
  4. ^ 9/22/83 New York Post article, by Mike Pearl and Peter Fearon, posted at
  5. ^ "Pappalardi, Gail", New York Department of Corrections, prison record
  6. ^ Krajicek, David J. (February 22, 2014). "Gail Collins, infamous lyricist who killed husband Felix Pappalardi, found dead in Mexican village". New York Daily News. Retrieved February 22, 2014.