MUSIC HISTORIAN and ARCHIVIST;
Eddie posesses quite an extensive knowledge of rock music from it's inception in the 1950's, thru the late 1980s. He has an extremely strong insight , coupled with a deep perception of major and independant record labels, recording artists, musicians, producers, and those 'behind the scenes' Expertise in record discography compilation.
In addition to being an ardent musicologist, Eddie is also an avid record collecter, with a collection boasting of over 35,000 45 rpm singles, thousands of LP's, 78rpm recordings, plus many sought after collectibles of music and pop culture, all housed within his large two storage room facility, appropriately known as the 'vinyl vaults.'
Highly regarded as a noted specialist of the 'philly sound,' 'british invasion,' 'doo-wop,' and artists / recordings released in the Northeast region of Pennsylvania, Eddie has been a contributor to various music & nostalgic pop culture perodicals. He has supplied information to book authors, and for television documentaries. As music journalist, Eddie's works have been featured in 50PlusLIFE magazine, Beach Music Scene, B-Magazine, Goldmine, Discoveries, Billboard Magazine, and Keystone Record Collectors 'Key-Notes' bi-monthly newsletter.
In 2015, Eddie was elected as museum curator of 'The Jordan Brothers Legacy Room,' a permanent exhibit housed in the Frackville Museum, Frackville PA., in which Eddie procured artifacts, handled total supervision in room layout etc. and generated media promotion for it's grand opening (resulting in 400 patrons) honoring The Jordan Brothers, a band which recieved recieved regional and national acclaim from 1958-86, and with distinction of having the first release in the U.S. of "Gimme Some Lovin',"in 1966 on Phillips Records, predating british act The Spencer Davis Group.
MUSICIAN and ENTERTAINER;
It's always been said, once an entertainer…. always an entertainer. Since 1969, Eddie Collins has consistantly been performing on the music scene. As vocalist , drummer , and bass guitarist, Eddie has been active for over 45 years. From his days of playing with local and regional acts, to serving as touring drummer and musical director in 1978 for 'The Drifters,' Eddie continues to be in demand today, working in a free lance capacity.
A diverse musician and vocalist, in recent years, he has performed with oldies revue 'The New Individuals,' classic rock act 'Mixx,' blues artists 'Mr.Z & The Nightshift,' country based 'Pat Garrett Band,' and others. Eddie also appears occasionally with his sons Keith, Chris, Eddie III and daughter Karrie, in varied family ventures billed as 'The Collins Bunch.'
To his credit, Eddie has shared the stage performing with such luminary artists as 'The Rip Chords,' 'Larry Chance & The Earls,' 'Jimmy Clanton,' 'Jay & The Techniques,'Bill Haley's Comets,' 'The Cleftones,' 'The Coasters,' and numerous legends of rock's golden age.
In being a member of the Broadcast Pioneers Of Philadelphia, an elite organization of radio, television, and media's finest personalities from the past and present, Eddie is a regular featured vocalist at the organiztion's annual "Rock & Roll Luncheons," performing on stage with the likes of 'Danny & The Juniors,' 'Kenny Jeremiah ('Soul Survivors') Stephen Caldwell ('The Orlons') Billy Carlucci ('Billy & The Essentials') and other notables.
Having a pulse on the public's entertainment needs, Eddie together with his wife Debbie, were owner / operator of 'Mr.Ed's Jukebox Heroes,' a full service mobile disc jockey entity.
During 2005 thru 2010, the team provided entertainment for nightclubs, weddings,
corporate and private engagements.
Not one to sit still, in 2013 Eddie would add 'actor' to his credits, portraying Irish cop Commissioner Jack O' Brien, in the dinner – theater production of 'Pal Joey,' presented by Schuylkill Council Of The Arts, directed by Lucielle Fala-Brennan.
In 2016, Eddie was selected as winner in a nationwide contest held by ABKCO Records, for his video in vocal performance, of Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang," honoring Sam's 85th birthday anniversary. Also during the year, Eddie was guest presenter for the Carolina Beach Music Awards (CBMA) held at the famed Alabama Theater, in North Myrtle Beach SC.
Eddie released his first single as a solo artist in 2017, "(You Got Me) Spellbound," written & produced by Billy Carlucci, released on Gold Vinyl Records label. The tune recieved extensive radio airplay, and with mobile dj's in the Carolinas, Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.
TALENT & EVENT PROMOTER;
'Promotion …. always in motion,' has been Eddie's motto. He is renown as a 'go to' guy when it comes to event organization. Being extremely well versed in media relations and communications, his expertise in writing skills (press releases, bios etc) is matched with being highly detail oriented, and a solid communicator. Eddie has developed a strong network of contacts within the general media (radio, newspaper, social media) in addition to the movers and shakers in music industry personel, and nationally acclaimed recording artists.
From 2011-2015, Eddie served as Vice President of Keystone Record Collectors, Lancaster PA. During his tenure, he was also
show announcer for the club's monthly Pennsylvania Music (record & CD) Expo, and supervised show enhancements for regular meet and greet sessions, resulting in the appearances of 25 iconic performers, such as The Dovells, Ronnie Dove, Gary De Carlo (voice of 'Steam') actress Geri Reischl (Jan Brady- Brady Bunch Variety Hour) and many others .
In broadening his musical horizons, Eddie enjoyed a ten year career as air personality and programmer 'MR.ED' at numerous oldies &Top 40 formatted radio stations in the Northeastern PA region , and Wilkes- Barre / Scranton metro area.
WMGH FM (Magic 105.5) Tamaqua PA.
March 1990 – August 1991 ( & 2000-2002)
Weekend Personality – Show Host / producer
Formatted, produced & hosted weekly show
"Saturday Night At The Oldies With Mr.Ed"
WSPI FM (Spy-95.3) Shamokin PA.
April 1990 – August 1991
PM Drive Personality – Music Director
Managed contact with record labels, developed /executed station promotions
WMIM AM (Oldies 1590) Mt. Carmel PA.
February 1989 – April 1990
Morning Personality / Asst. Program Director
Oversaw automation system, voiceovers
WHLM FM (Power 106) Bloomsburg PA.
February 1986 – January 1989
Night Personality / Music Director
1988 spring arbitron ratings – 5.8 share (teens 12+) 5.1 (women 18-34) 4.1 (men 18-35)
WMGS FM (Magic 93) / WARM (AM 590)
March 1985 – March 1986 Avoca PA.
50,000 kw station, #56 radio market
WXPX AM / WQEQ FM Freeland PA.
November 1983 – February 1986
Midday Personality / Asst. Music Director
Produced acclaimed 'Buddy Holly Spectacular'
WLSH AM (1410 AM) Lansford PA.
Also served as fill-in personality, board op
for specialty shows and sports events.