Monday, February 04, 2008

The Collins Kids !

The Collins Kids were a juvenile rockabilly duo, featuring sister Lawrencine "Lorrie" Collins and younger brother Lawrence "Larry" Collins.
Their hits were geared towards kids, but their infectious singing and playing crossed over generations. Larry, a lightning-fingered guitar whiz at the age of 10, was known for playing a double-neck Mosrite guitar like his mentor, Joe Maphis.
They were regular performers on Tex Ritter's "Town Hall Party" and "Ranch Party" television series in 1958 and 1959.
In an early 2000s interview for PBS, Lorrie also stated that she sparked some controversy for her youthful sex appeal and torch song performances (most notably the hit "Rock Boppin' Baby"). Yes, she almost always retained the original, often male-oriented lyrics !
They signed with Columbia Records on July 25, 1955 and over the three years that followed cut the most ingenuous and joyous rock-a-billy of the era. Generally, Lorrie sang lead on these records with Larry contributing high harmony vocals and tasty guitar-licks.
They continue to perform together as of 2007.

The Collins Kids :
* Hoy Hoy *
* Rock Boppin' Baby *
* Whistle Bait *


Blogger fhb said...

Lorrie Collins - "there ain't nuthin' about that woman I don't like."

Thanks for posting about one of my all-time fave-raves, Rev. If your readers want to hear/see more of the Collins Kids, they should check out YouTube, where lots of great clips from their Ranch Party appearances reside. Watching Larry play that double-neck Mosrite and boppin' arund the stage like Beaver Cleaver on speed is worth the price of admission alone.

And to get in a plug for Dreamtime, here's my own modest contribution about the Collins, about 3/4s of the way down this post

Best regards,


2:40 PM  
Anonymous svartlarsson said...

Because the kids are ALRIGHT!!!

2:41 PM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Hey Fred, brilliant job as always !
Thanks for the youtube link, Rock Boppin' baby is a true killer !
Damn right , the kids are alriiiiiight.

10:15 AM  
Blogger erik hogstrom said...

The Collins Kids are really great.

1:31 PM  
Blogger dysthymiac said...

Ranch Party was shown on Australian television c.1960 and I thought at the time that Larry & Lorry were absolutely wonderful.

1:50 PM  
Blogger jothman said...

tanx for sharing - I have only recently discovered the Collins Kids.

4:24 AM  

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