Dennis "Crash" Collins, a legend of Houston rock radio, died this morning of prostate cancer complications. He was 68.
Originally a musician who played with B.J. Thomas and the Winter brothers, Johnny and Edgar, Collins' true calling was radio. He is best know for his time at KLOL-FM when the station, with its free-form rock format, was the rock station of choice. Many who recall that period in Houston remember Collins for his on-air motto, "Crash in your dash."
Collins was the epitome of laid-back hippie coolness. During his career he befriended virtually every major rock act that came out of Houston during that era. He was especially important in heavily aiding the national breakout of ZZ Top.
Collins, who remained active in radio through the mid-80s, was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2010.
Born in Nashville, Collins moved to Houston as a teenager. He graduated from Lamar High School.
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Three is a benefit even for Collin's family November 13 at Concert Pub Galleria. Check back to the Rocks Off blog later this week for more information on that event.