Sunday, September 16, 2007

Collins Kids - Rock Boppin' Baby

Larry and Lorrie Collins with a steamy Rock Boppin' Baby. Lorrie has just turned 16, and Larry is 14. Dig Larry's double-neck Mosrite guitar, modeled after his mentor's Joe Maphis.

Lorrie was one of the trio of rockabilly queens of the `50s, which included Janis Martin and probably the best-known of the three, Wanda Jackson. Unlike Martin, who was forced into retirement by a pregnancy at age 17, and Collins, who retired at age 19 after the birth of her first child, Jackson has kept boppin' along both recording and performing into the new millennium - deservedly earning her title as Queen Of Rockabilly. I'll be doing a Dreamtime show on Janis Martin and Lorrie Collins in the near future.

I can't watch Lorrie Collins without thinking of the young Ann-Margret, who she closely resembles.

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