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Larkin Allen Collins

  • Birth 19 Jul 1952 Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, USA
  • Death 23 Jan 1990 Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, USA
  • Burial Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, USA
  • Plot Garden of the Cross, Unit 17
  • Memorial ID 4676

Musician. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, he was a guitarist and founding member of the 1970s Southern rock band "Lynyrd Skynyrd". Together with singer Ronnie Van Zant, he co-wrote many of the band's hit songs to include "The Ballad of Curtis Loew", "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Freebird". After the band's fateful plane crash in 1977, which he survived, he stayed with the group's remaining members until 1980, when he formed his own group "The Rossington Collins Band". The band toured and released the albums "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere" (1980) and "Here, There and Back" (1983). In 1987, came the tenth anniversary of the Skynyrd crash with a tribute tour, he could not perform as a member of the band due to his injuries but was credited as musical director. Due to his paralysis, he left the tour in 1989 and after months in the hospital he died of pneumonia at age 37. In October 2003, Gibson Guitars honored Allen by launching a limited edition Allen Collins Gibson Explorer electric guitar.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 7 Mar 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4676
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Larkin Allen Collins (19 Jul 1952–23 Jan 1990), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4676, citing Riverside Memorial Park, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .