The Collins Kids Biography

A brother and sister rockabilly act, Larry Collins (4 October 1944, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA) and Lorrie Collins (b. Lawrencine Collins, 7 May 1942, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, USA) recorded numerous singles for Columbia Records in the 50s and early 60s that are revered by fans and collectors of early rock ‘n’ roll but never dented the charts. The duo gained what little recognition it had through frequent television appearances. Lorrie Collins was the first of the siblings to enter showbusiness. At the age of eight she won a singing contest and two years later the family moved to Los Angeles. Guitarist Larry joined his sister’s act in 1954, after having won contests on his own through his prodigious musicianship. After the pair won a talent contest together, they were hired to perform for a television programme called Town Hall Party on which they soon became regulars, appearing on every programme. The Collins Kids, as they became known professionally, were signed to Columbia Records in 1955. As Columbia Records at that time was not primarily a rock ‘n’ roll label, poor promotion doomed the Collins Kids to failure. When Lorrie married in 1959, the act temporarily split up. They reunited briefly but with the birth of Lorrie’s first child in 1961, the team was effectively terminated. Larry Collins recorded a handful of solo records, which also failed to chart, and later became a country songwriter, whose credits included co-writing the Tanya Tucker hit ‘Delta Dawn’ and David Frizzell and Shelly West’s ‘You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma’. In later life, he became a professional golfer and Lorrie retired to raise her family.

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

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