b 19 October 1950, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Raised in Texas City, Texas, Collins played in local bands until a chance hearing by Dolly Parton when he was aged 15. With her encouragement, two years later, and now in Nashville, Tennessee, he began making records. Collins had some moderate success in the early 70s before he had a minor hit with ‘Statue Of A Fool’ and also sold well with songs such as ‘I Wish You’d Stayed’. He continued to make records and to tour but the beckoning big-time remained elusively out of reach as the years rolled by.
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