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the collins kids
1955 — 1960


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LEFT: After performing on Tex Ritter's Town Hall Party television program in February of 1954 the Collins Kids (Larry, 10 and Lorrie,12) were immediately signed up as regulars. Guitar legend Joe Maphis also appeared on the show and greatly influenced young Larry who adopted Maphis' twin-neck guitar techniques. LEFT CENTER: The Collins Kids quickly became popular guests on the top network television variety shows — Arthur Godfrey, Perry Como, Bob Crosby, Dinah Shore, Ed Sullivan, Steve Allen, and many others — with their teenage novelty songs and Rockabilly-tinged repertoire. CENTER: They signed with Columbia Records on July 25, 1955 but, despite recording some wonderful material over the next 3 years, were unable to score on the charts. RIGHT CENTER: In 1959 Lorrie, then Ricky Nelson's girlfriend, eloped with Johnny Cash's manager Stu Carnall which, after the birth of her first child in 1961, effectively ended the career of the Collins Kids. RIGHT: As Rockabilly waned in the 1960s Larry returned to his Country roots as a solo artist and developed into a successful songwriter. Although the Collins Kids had no chart hits, they were extremely popular and instrumental in introducing (along with Ricky Nelson on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet") an unthreatening style of Rockabilly into the living rooms of middle America during the mid 1950s. The duo regrouped in the 1990s to enjoy a taste of some long overdue recognition with successful performances in both England and the States.

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The Collins Kids
The Rockin'est
The Collins Kids
Hop, Skip & Jump
The Collins Kids
Rockin' On TV
The Collins Kids - Rockin'est
The Collins Kids - Hop, Skip & Jump
The Collins Kids - Rockin' on TV
Bear Family
1 CD / 22 tracks
1998
Bear Family
2 CDs / 59 tracks
1994
Krazy Kat
1 CD / 31 tracks
1993


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The Collins Kids
at Town Hall Party
Volume 1
The Collins Kids
at Town Hall Party
Volume 2
The Collins Kids at Town Hall Party
The Collins Kids at Town Hall Party
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2003
Bear Family
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1956 footage
2004
Bear Family
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