Name Mel Collins
Origin Isle of Man
|Born 5 September 1947 (age 68) (1947-09-05) |
Genres progressive rock, jazz fusion
Instruments Saxophone, flute, keyboards, vocals
Associated acts King Crimson, Camel, Alan Parsons Project, Climax Blues Band, Tony O'Malley, Kokomo
Music groups King Crimson, Camel (1977 – 1979)
Movies Willie and the Poor Boys, 21st Century Schizoid Band: Live in Japan
Albums In the Wake of Poseidon, A Scarcity of Miracles, Songs from the Big Chair, The Seeds of Love, Lizard
Birth name Melvyn Desmond Collins
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Collins is perhaps best known for his work in progressive rock, having been a member of King Crimson on two separate occasions (the first from 1970 to 1972 and the second from 2013 to the present day) and having played with Camel, The Alan Parsons Project and Chris Squire. He has also worked in a wide variety of contexts ranging from R&B and blues rock to jazz.
Collins has worked with a large number of notable recording artists, including 10cc, Alexis Korner, Clannad, Eric Clapton, Bad Company, Dire Straits, Bryan Ferry, Roger Chapman, Marianne Faithfull, The Rolling Stones, Roger Waters Gerry Rafferty, Tears for Fears, Go West and Joan Armatrading.
He was a member of progressive rock bands King Crimson, Camel, and The Alan Parsons Project. For King Crimson he was Ian McDonald's replacement, playing on the Lizard (1970), Islands (1971) and Earthbound (1972) albums, and was a session musician on the In the Wake of Poseidon (1970) and Red (1974) albums. He played on the Crimson Jazz Trio's second album, The King Crimson Songbook, Volume Two, released in 2009.
Collins played the saxophone solo on The Rolling Stones 1978 single, "Miss You", and played with Dire Straits on their live album, Alchemy. He was one of the members of Kokomo with Tony O'Malley, Neil Hubbard, Paddy McHugh, Frank Collins, Dyan Birch, and Alan Spenner, and is a frequent performer with Tony O'Malley.
In 1984, Mel Collins toured with Roger Waters to support the album The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking. In 1985 Collins was part of the supergroup 'Willie and the Poor Boys' appearing in their video with Bill Wyman and Jimmy Page. He toured again with Waters on a second leg of the 'Pros and Cons' tour. That same year, he also appeared on the album Songs From The Big Chair by Tears for Fears, playing saxophone on "The Working Hour". In 1986 he was a musician on the animated film When the Wind Blows. He worked again with Waters in 1987, appearing on both the album Radio K.A.O.S. and the subsequent tour.
In 2006 a band member on Die Harald Schmidt Show.
From 2002–07 Collins was a member of the King Crimson off-shoot group 21st Century Schizoid Band, with other former Crimson members.
In May 2008 Kokomo was reformed temporarily. With Collins were Tony O'Malley, Neil Hubbard, Mark Smith, Adam Phillips, Andy Hamilton, Paddy McHugh, Dyan Birch, Frank Collins, Bernie Holland, and Glen Le Fleur.
Collins played woodwinds on the 2011 King Crimson ProjeKct 7, A Scarcity of Miracles, appearing on a King Crimson related album for the first time since 1974. In September 2013, Robert Fripp confirmed that Mel Collins would be a member of King Crimson again, the band being referred to as King Crimson VIII.
as Band Member/Sideman
Collins has done session work for many different artists, among them Joan Armatrading, Bad Company, Camel, Jim Capaldi, Clannad, Bryan Ferry, Alexis Korner, Alvin Lee, Phil Manzanera/801, Anthony Phillips, Chris Squire and Gerry Rafferty