Ray Collins (musician)
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November 19, 1936|
Pomona, California, United States
|Died||December 24, 2012
Claremont, California, United States
|Genres||Rock, rock and roll, doo-wop|
|Associated acts||Frank Zappa, Mothers of Invention|
Ray Collins (November 19, 1936 – December 24, 2012) was an American musician.
Collins started his musical career singing falsetto backup vocals for various doo-wop groups in the Los Angeles area in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including Little Julian Herrera and the Tigers. In 1964, Collins, drummer Jimmy Carl Black, bassist Roy Estrada, saxophonist Dave Coronado, and guitarist Ray Hunt formed The Soul Giants. Hunt was eventually replaced by Frank Zappa, and the group evolved into the Mothers of Invention. Ray was the lead vocalist on their early albums, including Freak Out!, Absolutely Free, Cruising with Ruben & the Jets and Uncle Meat and provided harmonica on Freak Out!. In 1968 Ray quit The Mothers of Invention, but continued to contribute to other Zappa projects through the mid-1970s.
- Allen, David (May 30, 2009). "Please greet Ray Collins, Claremont's own Mother". Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. Retrieved May 31, 2009.
- Morris, Christopher, "Rocker Ray Collins dies at 73", Variety, Dec. 25, 2012.
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