Allen Collins Biography
Birthday: July 19, 1952 (Cancer)
Born In: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Larkin Allen Collins Jr. was an American musician and songwriter known for his association with southern-rock bands ‘Lynyrd Skynyrd,’ ‘The Rossington Collins Band,’ and ‘The Allen Collins Band.’ He was a founding member and guitarist of ‘Lynyrd Skynyrd.’ He co-wrote many of its hit songs like 'Gimme Three Steps' and 'Free Bird’ with its late frontman, Ronnie Van Zant. Skynyrd received international recognition for popularizing Southern rock genre during the 1970s. However, it saw an abrupt end following the death of some of its members in an airplane crash that left Collins seriously injured. Collins later founded ‘The Rossington Collins Band’ with Gary Rossington and following its disbandment he started the short-lived ‘Allen Collins Band.’ Musical career of Collins was affected by his personal tragedies at different points of time. These included sudden death of his wife and later a car accident that left him paralyzed and his girlfriend dead. His physical condition allowed him to serve only as music director of ‘Skynyrd’ when it reunited officially in 1987.