J i m m y C o l l i e r

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Jimmy Collier stands out in a crowd with his trademark cowboy hat.  But it's the sound of the tall, sturdy troubadour's music that has magnetized listeners across the land.  Today with the technological ease of CD recording and internet communication, Collier can bring his music to fans without leaving his ranch in rural Mariposa.  That wasn't always the case.

For many years Collier went on the road to favor audiences across America and Canada with his smile, his irrepressible sense of humor, and his music.  In his heyday, he opened for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., appearing on Sesame Street and played Carnegie Hall.

Born in Fort Smith, Ark., Collier was raised by his grandparents, both of whom loved music.  He remembers his grandmother playing the piano on Sundays with all of his relatives gathered around and singing their hearts out.  His grandfather even created his own musical instruments and played nearly anything.  "I grew up with a lot of instruments around, and music."  

. . . In high school he expanded his musical repertoire by singing with doo wop groups and playing the saxophone, guitar and drums . . . early 60's Collier became a folk singer . . . recording music with Folk Ways Records . . . Several years ago the recordings were purchased by the government and are now in the Library of Congress. . . Collier also did concerts for schools from elementary age through college level.

During this time his music of choice began to shift from simply folk music to a blend called folk rock.  Forming several bands he traveled extensively along the East Cost touring the colleges there . . . opening for Pete Seeger, played in the Astrodome and Madison Square Gardens, and also had a stint on Sesame Street . . . Collier's adventures continued to take him all over the place . . . finally ending up in California where he . . . married . . .raised children . . . moved to Mariposa. . . became actively involved in his community, playing in a band called Two for One.

. . . When his grandchildren came along, he wanted to record something more modern for them to remember him by.  A veteran of the music industry, Collier decided to do as much of the recording process locally as he could and discovered that the resources were available to do the entire CD through local businesses.  So, teaming up with musicians Curtis Wright and Bruce Chan . . . recorded a collection of gospel folk, country and blues music entitled "Everybody's Somebody."  Future plans include . . . producing a CD for children.  -Krista Bjorn, Sun-Star reporter Friday August 24, 2001 

 

Jimmy Collier


jimmycollier@sti.net

209 742-3114

February 2011