Rodger Collins

Rodger Collins (born Rogers Collins Jr., August 20, 1940),[1] also known as Hajji Rajah Kasim Sabrie, is an American soul and funk singer and musician.

Rodger Collins
Birth nameRogers Collins Jr.
Also known asHajji Rajah Kasim Sabrie
Born (1940-08-20) August 20, 1940 (age 80)
Santa Anna, Texas, United States
OriginOakland, California, U.S.
GenresR&B, soul
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years activec.1960–1974, 2000s
LabelsGalaxy, Garden Tree
Websitewww.rodgercollins.com

BiographyEdit

Collins was born in Santa Anna, Texas, moving to San Francisco, California as a teenager.[1] He won a talent show in Oakland, before studying drama in San Francisco. He sang in clubs, and in the early 1960s was signed by Fantasy Records, who issued his records on their subsidiary Galaxy label.[2] Although his first two singles were unsuccessful, his third record, "She's Looking Good", written by Collins and arranged by Ray Shanklin, reached number 44 on the Billboard R&B chart and number 101 on the pop chart in 1966.[3] The song was later a bigger hit for Wilson Pickett, and was also recorded by David Lee Roth, and by Jack Mack and the Heart Attack for the 1985 movie Tuff Turf.[4]

Collins' other notable recordings included, in 1970, "Foxy Girls in Oakland", written by Joe Crane of the Hoodoo Rhythm Devils; and "You Sexy Sugar Plum" released on Fantasy Records in 1973.[5] The latter track peaked at number 22 in the UK Singles Chart when reissued in 1976 in response to demand on the northern soul scene.[6] Collins was noted for his energetic performances, which included a stint opening for Elvis Presley and Ike & Tina Turner in Las Vegas, Nevada in the mid-1970s. He also wrote songs recorded by other singers, including Charles Brown and Sugar Pie DeSanto.[2]

After touring with Joe Tex, Collins converted to Islam, and changed his name to Rajah Kasim Sabrie. He largely retired from performing in 1974, later establishing an appliance repair business in Oakland. He also set up Garden Tree Music to release his own recordings, issuing the albums Through My Eyes (2009) and Just One More Time (2013).[2][7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Eagle, Bob; LeBlanc, Eric S. (2013). Blues – A Regional Experience. Santa Barbara: Praeger Publishers. p. 341. ISBN 978-0313344237.
  2. ^ a b c Joel Selvin, "One record gave singer Rodger Collins a taste of fame, but no fortune. ...", SFGate, March 9, 2004. Retrieved November 14, 2016
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–1995. Record Research. p. 38. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Tuff Turf – The Original Soundtrack", Discogs.com. Retrieved November 14, 2016
  5. ^ "Rodger Collins Discography at Discogs". discogs. Retrieved March 31, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 116. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  7. ^ Rodger Collins discography, CDBaby.com. Retrieved November 14, 2016

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