Craig 'Cowboy' Collins, R.I.P. November 23rd, 2011

South London Rockers Mourn the Passing of Shotgun's Singer/Guitarist Craig 'Cowboy' Collins, November 23, 2011

I recently received the very sad news that our long time friend and fellow Rockabilly Brother Craig 'Cowboy' Collins passed away on the 23rd of November, 2011. Prior to his untimely passing, he had been suffering breathing problems for a short period of time from a lung infection that proved to be fatal.

I first met Craig back in the mid 1980's when our paths crossed many times on the established South London Rock 'n' Roll Circuit where we both played. He formed his own band called 'Fairlane Rock', and often asked me to back him up on drums which I did many times in those days. Over the years we became great friends, and his involvment with myself and all the other members of my band Shotgun made him the perfect replacement for our 'ol buddy and founder member Rockin' Ray Neale who wasn't always available due to ill health.

Craig was one of the best, not only as a person, but as a great vocalist and guitarist too. He was a true friend to all the boys in Shotgun, and we shall miss him dearly alongside his family and all the Rockers from South London and beyond... He was a true 'Son Of Rockabilly' and we were proud to have him as a member of Shotgun!!

R.I.P. Craig. Always a Friend.

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