Original Mother Ray Collins Passes
December 26, 2012 at 7:34 AM (PT)
RAY COLLINS, one of the original members of the MOTHERS OF INVENTION, died DEC. 24th in POMONA, CA, VARIETY reports. He suffered a full cardiac arrest on DEC. 18th and was put into a medically induced coma.
His actual age is in dispute; VARIETY claims he was 73, while his FACEBOOK fan page claims he was born NOV. 7th, 1937, which would've made him 75. Raised in POMONA, COLLINS played in various local rock and doo-wop bands before he joined the SOUL GIANTS in 1964, an R&B cover band that would eventually morph into the MOTHERS OF INVENTION. COLLINS sang lead and played percussion on the MOTHERS' first two albums, "Freak Out!" and "Absolutely Free," sang and played guitar on the doo-wop-influenced "Cruising With Ruben & the Jets" and sang on "Weasels Ripped My Flesh."
Although he would sporadically gig with ZAPPA's MOTHERS in the '70s, COLLINS spent the rest of his life living in L.A. and the INLAND VALLEY, spending his final years in CLAREMONT, CA.