Fans around the world are mourning the loss of music great Ray Collins.
The singer died Monday in California. He was in his mid-70s. Collins' dispute with one guitarist led him to hire another, Frank Zappa, with whom he would go on to form the avant-garde rock group the Mothers of Invention.
Collins entered the national spotlight with the Mothers of Invention, an outlet for Zappa’s unique sense of humor and challenging, unorthodox compositions. But his musical beginnings were more mainstream.
In the mid-1960s Mr. Collins was singing falsetto in a rhythm-and-blues cover band called the Soul Giants when things soured between him and the band’s guitarist, Ray Hunt. Mr. Collins fired Mr. Hunt and replaced him with Zappa.