|A very recent photo of Ray|
“People will ask why it’s been 40 years since I’ve been onstage. I don’t know,” Collins admitted. “If you just enjoy life, it’s conducive to not being successful. You know what I mean? I just enjoy life.”
I posted the full compilation cd, Cucamonga, which contains a lot of the pre Mothers material that Frank independently produced with Paul Bluff at his Studio Z in Cucamonga, California from 1962 to 1963. The do wop cuts are all with Ray, who went under the moniker, Baby Ray. The Cuts, How Your Bird and the Worlds Greatest Sinner are classics. Worlds Greatest Sinner was featured in a classic B Movie of the same name. Some say The Worlds Greatest Sinner by Timothy Carrey is one of the worst movies ever mad, others say it was a KLASSIK! Her's the cut from the movie. The band is not Baby Ray and the Ferns, but they are the sound track, the guys on the film are professional thespians, "acting".
Man, If I still had a Rock Band, this would be a song I would just have to cover!
Here's another piece by Ray Collins and Frank Zappa, apretty hilarious trashed out 1963 of the Teen Corn Ball Classic, Hey Paula....this is called, Hey Nelda.
Ray Collins 1938/2012 RIP
The list of cuts for the Cucamonga recording is after the Break:
Dear Jeepers - Bob Guy
World's Greatest Sinner - Baby Ray & The Ferns
How's Your Bird - Baby Ray & The Ferns
Every Time I See You - The Heartbreakers
Cradle Rock - The Heartbreakers
Slow Bird - Paul Buff
Blind Man's Buff - Paul Buff
Mr. Clean - Mr. Clean
Jesse Lee - Mr. Clean
Cathy My Angel - The Pauls
'Til September - The Pauls
Heavies - The Rotations
The Cruncher - The Rotations
Letter From Jeepers - Bob Guy