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Mel Collins : biography

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Melvyn Desmond "Mel" Collins (born 5 September 1947, Isle of Man) is a British saxophonist and flautist and session musician.

He has worked in a wide variety of contexts ranging from R&B and blues rock to jazz, but is perhaps known for his work in progressive rock, as with King Crimson, Camel and the Alan Parsons Project.

Bands by years

  • Eric Burdon; saxophonist:1965;1980
  • Phillip Goodhand-Tait and the Stormsville Shakers; saxophonist 1966
  • Circus; saxophonist 1967–69
  • King Crimson; saxophonist, flautist and keyboardist 1970–72;1974
  • Alexis Korner; saxophonist 1972–82
  • Kokomo; 1973–75
  • Alvin Lee; saxophonist 1973–2000
  • Bad Company; saxophone 1974–82
  • Snafu; saxophonist 1974–75
  • Humble Pie; saxophonist 1974–75
  • Uriah Heep; saxophonist 1975
  • Phil Manzanera; saxophonist 1975–87
  • Bryan Ferry; 1976–93
  • Eric Clapton; saxophonist 1977
  • The Small Faces; saxophonist 1977
  • Streetwalkers; saxophonist 1977
  • Camel; saxophonist 1977–84
  • Joan Armatrading; saxophonist 1977–83
  • The Rolling Stones; saxophonist 1977–78
  • Ian Matthews; saxophonist 1978–79
  • Gerry Rafferty; saxophonist 78–94
  • Anthony Phillips; saxophonist and flautist 1978–80
  • Sally Oldfield; saxophonist 1980–83
  • Jim Capaldi; saxophonist 1980–88
  • Marianne Faithfull; saxophonist 1981
  • Caravan; saxophonist 1981
  • The Alan Parsons Project; saxophonist 1982–84
  • Cliff Richard; saxophonist 1982–83
  • Dire Straits; saxophonist 1983
  • Wang Chung; saxophonist 1983
  • Tears for Fears; saxophonist 1983–85
  • 10cc; saxophonist 1983
  • Eberhard Schoener; saxophonist:1983
  • Roger Waters and the Bleeding Heart Band; saxophonist 1984–87, and played on the last shows of the 2000 In the Flesh tour.
  • Go West; saxophonist 1985
  • Clannad; saxophonist 1985, 1994–98
  • 21st century Schizoid Band; saxophonist and flautist (2002–present)


Collins has worked with a large number of notable recording artists, Retrieved 15 Jan 2011 including 10cc, Alexis Korner, Clannad, Eric Clapton, Bad Company, Dire Straits, Bryan Ferry, Roger Chapman, Marianne Faithfull, The Rolling Stones, Roger Waters Retrieved 15 Jan 2011 Gerry Rafferty, Tears For Fears, Go West and Joan Armatrading.

He was a member of progressive rock bands King Crimson, Camel, Caravan and The Alan Parsons Project. For King Crimson he was Ian McDonald's replacement, playing the same three instruments as McDonald on the In the Wake of Poseidon, Lizard and Islands albums, and was a session musician on the Red album. 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", Retrieved 29 August 2008 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. From 2002–07 Collins has been a member of the King Crimson "revival" group 21st century Schizoid Band, with other former Crimson members.

In 1985 Collins was part of the Willie and the Poor Boys video, in 1986 a musician on the animated film When the Wind Blows, and in 2006 a band member on Die Harald Schmidt Show. Retrieved 15 Jan 2011

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.

On 13 April 1997 Collins was interviewed by Chris Groom at the Half Moon in Putney. He talked about his life, and times in music. Retrieved 15 Jan 2011

Collins played woodwinds on the 2011 King Crimson ProjeKct 7, A Scarcity of Miracles, appearing on a King Crimson album for the first time since 1974.

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