Saturday, January 14, 2012

Roy Acuff's Band Member Charlie Collins Passes Away

A county music instrumentalist icon has passed away. Legendary fiddler, guitarist and mandolinist Charlie Collins passed away on Thursday night.

According to family and friends, 78-year-old Collins suffered a stroke on Sunday and passed away late Thursday night. While many may not instantly recognize his name, Collins was a Nashville fixture for decades. He played guitar in Roy Acuff's band, The Smoky Mountain Boys, for more than 25 years. After leaving the Boys he joined with band-mate Bashful Brother Oswald and played around Nashville. The two became some of the most popular performers at The Grand Ole Opry.

After Brother Oswald's death in October 2002, Collins continued to perform as part of the Grand Ole Opry Square Dance Band. In fact Charlie Collins graced the Opry stage every weekend including the last Saturday before his death.

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