Tommy Collins

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Descriptive "tags": country honky tonk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Leonard Raymond Sipes, 28 September 1930, Bethany, Oklahoma, USA, d. 14 March 2000, Ashland City, Tennessee, USA. Collins reflected upon his childhood in his song about being raised on a farm, ‘The Roots Of My Raising’, a US country number 1 for Merle Haggard in 1976. As a young man Collins was an avid follower of Jimmie Rodgers and, for a while, he dated the singer Wanda Jackson (although, contrary to some reports, it was the lesser-known Wanda Shahan that Collins later married). On moving to Bakersfield, California, Ferlin Husky named him after a drink, Tom Collins, and, like Buck Owens, he played on his Capitol Records recordings of the mid-50s. Collins stated he was ‘singing as high as I could - Webb Pierce was in fashion’ and his songs were largely light-hearted, mildly suggestive narratives about courting, such as his first records, ‘You Gotta Have A License’, ‘You Better Not Do That’ (a number 2 hit in 1954),...

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