Allen Collins, guitarist
Guitarist ~ Lynyrd Skynyrd
birth name: Larkin Allen Collins, Jr.

Allen Collins

July 19, 1952, Jacksonville, FL ~ January 23, 1990, Jacksonville, FL

All of his band mates were in his wedding party, but Kathy worried that the band's long haired appearance would disturb her parents. To solve this problem it required all the band members to keep their rock and roll image under wigs at the wedding ceremony. ~ Wikipedia: Allen Collins ~ retrieved January 21, 2015 © Wikipedia

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July 19, 1980 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) Elton John, Little Jeannie ~ #2 (7) Olivia Newton-John, Magic ~ #1 (2) Billy Joel, It's Still Rock & Roll To Me


The fame he has reached came from his explosive skill with the guitar and from his founding membership in a band known as Lynyrd Skynyrd. When Collins was 11 years old, he picked up his first guitar, one that belonged to a friend. Collins' mother was a single mom, holding down two jobs, struggling financially, but she managed to get her son a guitar of his own. With no money for lessons, the young Collins, through triumphs and failures, taught himself to play the instrument. As soon as he was good enough, he put together a band called the Mods. Not even 13 at the time, Collins' next amateur musical device, My Backyard, came together in 1964. The group quickly changed the name to Noble Five. Other members were bassist Larry Junstrum, drummer Bob Burns, guitarist Gary Rossington, and singer Ronnie Van Zant. By 1965, Collins, Rossington, VanZant, and Burns changed the name of the band once more, this time becoming Lynyrd Skynyrd. ~ Allmusic: Allen Collins ~ retrieved April 21, 2014 © Allmusic

Lynyrd Skynyrd

By the early 1970s the group had begun attracting regional attention and settled on the name Lynyrd Skynyrd, immortalizing a high school gym teacher named Leonard Skinner who had persecuted Van Zant and others for their long hair. This gentle revenge must have satisfied the band, for in later years they invited Mr. Skinner to introduce them in concert. Lynyrd Skynyrd reached national prominence in 1973 opening for the Who's Quadrophenia tour and issuing their debut album, Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd. ~ Musicianguide: Lynyrd Skynyrd ~ retrieved June 1, 2013 © Musicianguide

Lynyrd Skynyrd ~ Ranked #95 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Artists in 2004 ~ “They may have had three guitar players, but they understood restraint. Of all the bands I'd come across in my life, they were the finest arrangers. Sweet Home Alabama sounds like seasoned studio musicians twice their age.” ~ Al Kooper ~ 2004 © Rolling Stone

Lynyrd Skynyrd ~ Second Helping (1974) ~ #269 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time

In 1995 two songs by Lynyrd Skynyrd made it to the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll ~ Free Bird ~ Sweet Home Alabama

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