Mothers of Invention rocker Ray Collins dead at 73

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Ray Collins, original lead singer for the rock band Mothers of Invention, has died, said California's Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. He was 73.

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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Ray Collins of Frank Zappa's The Mothers of Invention in 1937 (age 65); the Tokens' Hank Medress in 1938 (age 64); Fred Lipsius of Blood Sweat and Tears in 1944 (age 58); and Paul Revere and the Raiders' Joe Correro Jr. in 1946 (
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Nov. 16-22.
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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

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PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

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Ray Bidwell Collins (December 10, 1889 – July 11, 1965) was an American actor in film, stage, radio, and television. One of Collins' best remembered roles was that of Lt. Arthur Tragg in the long-running series Perry Mason.

Collins was born in Sacramento, California to Lillie Bidwell and William C. Collins, a newspaper drama editor. He started acting on stage at the age of 14. In the mid 1930s, now an established stage and radio actor, Collins began working with Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre leading to some of his most memorable roles. Having already appeared on radio with Welles on The Shadow (a regular as Commissioner Weston) and in Welles' serial adaptation of Les Miserables from 1937, Collins became a regular on The Mercury Theatre on the Air; through the run of the series, he played many roles in literary adaptations, from Squire Livesey from Treasure Island and Dr. Watson to Mr. Pickwick in an adaptation of Pickwick Papers. Collins' best known (albeit uncredited) work on this series, however, was in the infamous The War of the Worlds broadcast, playing three roles, including Mr. Wilmuth (on whose farm the Martian craft lands) and the newscaster who describes the destruction of New York.

Along with other Mercury Theatre players, Collins made his first notable screen appearance in Citizen Kane, as ruthless Boss Jim Gettys. He would also play key roles in Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons and Touch of Evil. Collins appeared in over 90 films in all, including Leave Her to Heaven (1945), The Best Years of Our Lives and Crack-Up (1946), A Double Life (1947), two entries in the Ma and Pa Kettle series (as in-law Benjamin Parker), and the 1953 version of The Desert Song, in which he played the non-singing role of Kathryn Grayson's father. He displayed comic ability in The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947), and The Man from Colorado (1948).

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