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Mel Collins


1970-1972 King Crimson - saxophone, flute, vocals, mellotron  
1973-1975 Kokomo - saxophonist  
1974 King Crimson - saxophone, flute, vocals, mellotron  
1975 Uriah Heep - saxophone  
1977-1984 Camel - saxophone  
1980-1981 The Byron Band - saxophone  
1981 Caravan - saxophone  
1982-1984 The Alan Parsons Project - saxophone  
2002- 21st Century Schizoid Band - saxophone, flute  
2010-2011 Jakszyk, Fripp And Collins - saxophone  
2013- King Crimson - saxophone, flute  

Studio musician

1974 Bad Company - saxophones  
1977- Eric Clapton - saxophonist  
1977 Bad Company - saxophones  
1977-1978 The Rolling Stones - saxophone  
1982 Bad Company - saxophones  

Guest musician

1982 Philip Lynott - saxophone  

Personal information

Born on: 05.09.1947

Collins has worked with a large number of notable recording artists, including 10cc, Alexis Korner, Clannad, Eric Clapton, Bad Company, Dire Straits, Bryan Ferry, Roger Chapman, Marianne Faithfull, The Rolling Stones, Roger Waters Gerry Rafferty, Tears For Fears, Go West and Joan Armatrading.

He was a member of progressive rock bands King Crimson, Camel, Caravan and The Alan Parsons Project. For King Crimson he was Ian McDonald's replacement, playing the same instruments as McDonald on the Lizard, Islands and Earthbound albums,[clarification needed] and was a session musician on the In the Wake of Poseidon and Red albums. He played on the Crimson Jazz Trio's second album, The King Crimson Songbook, Volume Two, released in 2009.

Collins played the saxophone solo on The Rolling Stones 1978 single, "Miss You", and played with Dire Straits on their live album, Alchemy. He was one of the members of Kokomo with Tony O'Malley, Neil Hubbard, Paddy McHugh, Frank Collins, Dyan Birch, and Alan Spenner, and is a frequent performer with Tony O'Malley.

In 1985 Collins was part of the Willie and the Poor Boys video, in 1986 a musician on the animated film When the Wind Blows, and in 2006 a band member on Die Harald Schmidt Show.

On 13 April 1997 Collins was interviewed by Chris Groom at the Half Moon in Putney. He talked about his life, and times in music.

From 2002-07 Collins has been a member of the King Crimson "revival" group 21st century Schizoid Band, with other former Crimson members.

In May 2008 Kokomo was reformed temporarily. With Collins were Tony O'Malley, Neil Hubbard, Mark Smith, Adam Phillips, Andy Hamilton, Paddy McHugh, Dyan Birch, Frank Collins, Bernie Holland, and Glen Le Fleur.

Collins played woodwinds on the 2011 King Crimson ProjeKct 7, A Scarcity of Miracles, appearing on a King Crimson related album for the first time since 1974. In September 2013, Robert Fripp confirmed that Mel Collins would be a member of King Crimson again, the band being referred to as King Crimson VIII.

Collins was also a member of Pete Haycock's reformation of the Climax Blues Band in 2013, prior to Haycock's death in October 2013.