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One of the many girl group-type solo singers who had a hard time making it in Britain in the early and mid-'60s, let alone the United States, Collins released 11 singles -- all flops -- between 1960 and 1966. Any interest she's been able to attract from collectors is due to her association with legendary British producer Joe Meek, who was at the helm of eight of the 45s. There's no question that Meek did his level best for his protégée, writing most of the singles himself and investing many of them with his immediately identifiable eccentric production values -- tons of echo, manic speeded-up tapes, weedy organs, and over-the-top orchestras. The stinging session guitar of Ritchie Blackmore graces a few of these singles, some of which were recorded with British instrumental groups the Tornados (of "Telstar" fame) and the Outlaws. Collins herself had a fairly good, belting voice, though she didn't show a particularly deep feeling for rock & roll. Collins never recorded again after Meek's death in early 1967.
Glenda Collins (born 16 December 1943) was a British pop music singer active in the 1960s. Collins was discovered by Carroll Levis, whose promotion landed her a contract with Decca Records. She released three singles through Decca which failed to chart and was dropped by the label.
Her manager father then recorded some demos with her and introduced her to independent record producer Joe Meek, who took her on. Meek featured house band The Tornados and also the guitarist Ritchie Blackmore on some of her tracks.
She released a total of eight singles with Meek, released through the HMV Pop and Pye labels, none of which appeared in the UK Singles Chart. After Meek's suicide in 1967 she recorded sporadically, but his death had effectively put paid to her career; and she retired at the end of the 1960s after a few years on the cabaret circuit.
Collins came out of retirement briefly in 1999 to record a cover version of Avenues and Alleyways (The Protectors theme) with record producer Russell C. Brennan (aka Russell C. Writer), which featured on the compilation album, Cult Themes from the 70's, Vol. 2, on Future Legend Records. Her agents were keen to organise a tour.
A 2006 compilation titled This Little Girl's Gone Rockin' contained her complete surviving recorded output.