Rossington Collins Band / Misery Loves Company

Vocalist Dale Krantz, a backing singer for .38 Special, joined up with Skynrd guitarists Gary Rossington (she would later become Mrs.Dale Krantz-Rossington), and Allen Collins to form the band, alongside other Skynyrd members, keyboard player Billy Powell and bassist Leon Wilkeson. Drummer Derek Hess and third guitarist Barry Harwood made up the balance of this great band. Rossington Collins Band, were more than a cash-in effort on the Skynyrd sound. With three powerful guitarists and a rhythm section the envy of anyone in rock, a strong singer fronting them, and the combined talents of several good in-house songwriters, they were a solid hard rock outfit with a soulful edge. In 1980 their first LP, Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere, made it to the Top 20 and earned a gold record award with help from the single “Don’t Misunderstand Me.” The group might have been able to build on that beginning but for events in Allen Collins’ life starting late that same year — the loss of his wife was only the beginning of a tragic series of events that ultimately destroyed his career and took his life; it was enough to remove him from most of the creative aspects of the band’s music, and he was barely visible as a composer on the group’s next album, This Is the Way (which was dedicated to Katy Collins’ memory). Audio and video are the property of the respective authors, artists and labels, provided for entertainment purposes only.

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