Mark Collie Biography

George Mark Collie, 18 January 1956, Waynesboro, Tennessee, USA. Collie was one of six children and he learnt piano and guitar as he was growing up. He wanted to join the army but was prevented by his diabetes. He tried to make it as a musician in both Memphis and Nashville. In 1977 country singer Ray Pillow recorded his song ‘Nighttime Masquerade’, but it was not until 1982 that Collie moved to Nashville permanently. He was heard by MCA executives at the Douglas Corner Cafe, and he made his US country chart debut in 1990 with ‘Something With A Ring To It’. Collie and Don Cook produced what was to be his biggest single, the rockabilly country of ‘Even The Man In The Moon Is Crying’. His debut album of his own compositions showed a talent for playing with words - ‘What I wouldn’t give is more than she could take’ and ‘Where’s there’s smoke, you’ll find my old flame’. The car-racing title track became popular and he had an audience participation number with ‘Shame Shame Shame Shame’. Other fine songs have included ‘It Is No Secret’, ‘Born To Love You’ and ‘Another Old Soldier’, which is about his father and other war veterans. Grungy guitar was added for Unleashed and the album included a restrained ‘Ring Of Fire’ with Carlene Carter’s harmony vocals. Deborah Allen joined him for ‘Lonely Street’ and Joy Lynn White for ‘Hard Lovin’ Woman’. He signed to Warner Brothers Records in 1995, releasing Tennessee Plates the same year.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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