Allen Collins

Born Jul 19, 1952

Larkin Allen Collins Jr. was one of the founding members and guitarists of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, and co-wrote many of the band's songs with late frontman Ronnie Van Zant. He was born in Jacksonville, Florida.

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1952 Birth Born on July 19, 1952.


1964 11 Years Old Allen Collins joined Skynyrd in Jacksonville, Florida just two weeks after Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington, along with Bob Burns and Larry Junstrom. So came the birth of Lynyrd Skynyrd in the summer of 1964. … Read More
1970 17 Years Old …  In 1970, Allen married Kathy Johns. … Read More


1977 24 Years Old On October 20, 1977, the Skynyrd plane crashed into a forest in Mississippi killing three band members, including Van Zant. … Read More
1982 29 Years Old The Rossington-Collins Band disbanded in 1982.


1983 30 Years Old Allen continued to pursue music, starting the Allen Collins Band, which released one album, Here, There & Back in 1983. … Read More
1984 31 Years Old In 1984, Collins tried to resurrect band, hiring Jacksonville guitarist Mike Owings and bassist Andy Ward King. … Read More
1986 33 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 29, 1986, Collins was involved in a car accident, claiming the life of his girlfriend and leaving the guitarist paralyzed from the waist down, with limited use of his arms and hands. … Read More
1987 34 Years Old Also because of Collins' accident, the band donated a sizable amount of concert proceeds from the 1987–88 tour to the Miami Project, which is involved in treatment of paralysis.
1988 35 Years Old Collins founded Roll For Rock Wheelchair Events and Benefit Concerts in 1988 to raise awareness and to provide opportunities for those living with spinal cord injury and other physical challenges.
1990 38 Years Old Allen Collins died on January 23, 1990 from chronic pneumonia, a complication of the paralysis; he is buried beside his wife in Jacksonville, Florida. … Read More
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