Charlie Collins

Date: 1974 November 20
Length: 72 min.
Call Number: OH37


Country musician. Born April 5, 1933. Member of Roy Acuff’s Smoky Mountain Boys, 1960s-1992.

Interview Summary

1974 November 20
(1 hour, 12 minutes)
Smoky Mountain Boys band members Charlie Collins and Bashful Brother Oswald discuss their career. Charlie Collins is the first speaker and his discussion includes his childhood; development of his musical interests; discovering banjo player Larry McNeely; his decision to pursue music professionally; and joining Roy Acuff’s band. Bashful Brother Oswald is the second speaker and his discussion includes his childhood; joining Roy Acuff; playing Hawaiian style guitar; and development of the Brother Oswald character. Interview concludes with both artists talking about their experiences working together and working for Roy Acuff.