Please greet Ray Collins, Claremont's own Mother

Full story: Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

RAY COLLINS looks more like a grandfather, but he's actually a Mother. The white-haired Collins, 71, was the singer who invited a young Frank Zappa to join the Soul Giants, the band that became the Mothers of Invention in the mid-1960s. Four decades later, Collins is a familiar sight in the Claremont Village, where he spends his days strolling the ...

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No No Nanette

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May 31, 2009
 
I simply adore Ray Collins! Have been a Mothers fan for 30+ years. Thanks for the update-(would have loved a photo of him, though!)
VladtheImp

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May 31, 2009
 
Nice profile. Shoulda run in the New Yorker - letter from Claremont.
edwin

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Jun 1, 2009
 
Ray is a delightful fellow, I try to spend time chatting with him weekly. Ray, Jimmy and Roy, deserve so much more, so much better than they received from the FZ estate maven. I hope Ray does sing again, on stage, and finishes that documentary film.
ed kaley london uk

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Jun 29, 2009
 
Great article - I saw Ray with the Mothers at the Albert Hall London too long ago to remember.

So good - pity Ray and others didn't get the recognition or the reward their talents deserved.

Say hello for me.
Tom Kaczmarek

Pomona, CA

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Jul 17, 2009
 
I've run into Ray several times at Rhino Records in downtown Claremont. I mentioned that the first 3 Mother's albums we GREAT but then they got a little to jazzie for me. He replied, "you and me both." Guess that's why he split. Seems like a nice guy.
Angie Woertink

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Dec 19, 2009
 
Hi Ray !
Main Jane

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May 13, 2010
 
Hi Ray, I was just checking out all my favourite singers/musicians on the net and wanted to see what you're doing these days. Just enjoying life is GREAT in my books but I think it a bit sad that you didn't continue singing. I loved your voice on Ruben & The Jets! I'm glad you're a happy man - not many people are these days.
Love, Jane

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