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The Rossington Collins Band

Rossington Collins Band were spawned by one of rock music's most well-known tragedies -- in October of 1979, two years after the plane crash that killed Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, new guitarist Steve Gaines, and his sister, backup singer Cassie Gaines, surviving members Gary Rossington and Allen Collins (guitars), Leon Wilkeson (bass), and keyboardist Bill Powell decided to try working together again, this time fronted by singer Dale Krantz. They were trying to be something other than a Lynyrd Skynyrd clone, although as the latter group had expressed the musical leanings of all concerned quite honestly, they also weren't moving far from the tree that had spawned them. Krantz had previously been a backup singer behind Donnie Van Zant, Ronnie's brother, in .38 Special, which itself owed something to Skynyrd's sound. With Barry Harwood bringing a third guitar to the table and Derek Hess taking the drummer spot, they pulled their sound together fast, and waiting in the wings was MCA Records. The latter company was still reaping gold and platinum record awards from the release of Lynyrd Skynyrd outtakes and compilations, and was very interested in any viable performing group that could tap into that audience, and there was no one better suited at the time.

Rossington Collins Band, as they came to be called, were more than a cash-in effort. With three powerful guitarists and a rhythm section the envy of anyone in rock, a strong singer fronting them, and the combined talents of several good in-house songwriters, they were a solid hard rock outfit with a soulful edge. Fans flocked to them in the second half of 1980 when they issued their first LP, Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere, which made it to the Top 20 and earned a gold record award with help from the single "Don't Misunderstand Me." The group might have been able to build on that beginning but for events in Allen Collins' life starting late that same year -- the loss of his wife was only the beginning of a tragic series of events that ultimately destroyed his career and took his life; it was enough to remove him from most of the creative aspects of the band's music, and he was barely visible as a composer on the group's next album, This Is the Way (which was dedicated to Katy Collins' memory). The album was surprisingly good considering the circumstances behind its recording and release, rising into the Top 30.

The group lasted only until the early months of 1982. In its place, Rossington and Krantz, who had married by then, formed the Rossington Band with Hess still on drums, in the mid-'80s. This offshoot group was short-lived as well, and was eclipsed by the various reunited incarnations of Skynyrd that began manifesting themselves by the late '80s, which included Wilkeson and Rossington, while Rossington's wife took the role of backing vocalist. Their history cut short, Rossington Collins Band never had a chance to live up to their potential, but they were successful enough to rate CD releases of their two albums in the late '80s, and in 2000 got a belated release of both albums on CD in England. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi
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lwbbear
My 56 chevy and Lyn Syn playing headed for a wknd on the beach in Mexico
Rossington Collins best song was Don't Misundestand Me I love that song
Rossington and Collins cut two albums. Oddly enough, I have a CD of Lynyrd Skynyrd called "Solo Flytes" and it has the same songs as one of the R & C albums. It's the album that features Steve Gaines jammin' to the song, One in the Sun; also has Gaines song Free Today on there. It's one helluva CD!!!!
Saw them in late 79 in Virginia, Dale was INCREDIBLE, what a voice on that babe.... Still listen to that album to this day, matter of fact it's on my thumb drive I play in my cars USB ...... Skynyrd will always live on one way or another... You should check out The Allen Collins Band Album that was pretty good as well but very hard to find but I have it on vinyl & mp3.
Under rated as hell !! This was one killer band
Me and abunch of high school buds saw this band 81 Lloyd noble center Norman ok. Good times!!luv the listen
dbrown0840
I thought i was the only one who had this album.....an d Dale Krantz is totally awesome singer. never met anyone who heard of them....at least not in my time. maybe they were too busy with disco or punk music. but damn this chick can rock with her voice alone and the band.....wel l it doesn't get any better. Still have the album in great condition and played it all the time. just bought the cd to have for my car. sweet!
man I miss the late 70's and all of the 80's. There were some amazing bands and music during those years.
I got to see them around 80-81, Saw LS their last holoween 20 later saw johnny with Gary. Have not seen anyone from the family in a long time.But they indeed live on in many ways. Would love for my friend who studied his style among others to jam with him. Hey he may have already. If not I predict he will. I never really totally got over Ronnie and John Belushi leaving so close together. It was a lousy time. Dale can sing I will testify to that.
beark3
I saw this band in Philadelphia . When she finished singing One Good Man, she was in tears. Amazing...
this band is awesome
i have listened to this band from the first album which i still have i have forgotten the girls name with the powerful sweet voice. 35 years later and southern rock is still my favorite to sit back and melt into the state of freedom.
You gotta hear this.
toottiefairy
Why is it so hard to find songs from Rossington Collins. My favorite, "One Good Man", for instance. Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere, is the name on the album. If possible you should add it to your collection. They are a part of history, for Lynard Skynard, you know. Why are they so obsolete? Go head listen they are great!
having a piece of the plane that crashed and concert ticket to see lynard skynard is special for the love of good no the best of the south music roots

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