Early Zappa col­lab­o­ra­tor, singer Collins dies at 75

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

CLARE­MONT, Calif. — Ray Collins, who in­vited gui­tarist Frank Zappa to join the band that even­tu­ally be­came the Moth­ers of In­ven­tion, has died at age 75.

Collins’ friend Pa­trick Brayer tells the In­land Val­ley Daily Bul­letin that the mu­si­cian from Clare­mont, Calif., died Mon­day, five days af­ter a heart at­tack.

Collins brought Zappa to R&B cover band the Soul Giants in 1964. By 1966, they had be­come the Moth­ers of In­ven­tion, re­leas­ing their first al­bum, Freak Out, on Verve Records.

Collins sang on three al­bums, then left the Moth­ers, say­ing their comedic ap­proach to mu­sic didn’t suit him.

He pur­sued lit­tle mu­sic af­ter­ward and spent his last years liv­ing in a van, but was a well-known char­ac­ter and con­ver­sa­tion­al­ist on the streets of Clare­mont, a col­lege town east of Los An­ge­les.

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