Dugg says his musical ability was inherited from his Mother Dollie Mae. If it had strings on it, she could play it. When Dollie died in 1956, Dugg's desire and love for music continued. By age fourteen he was playing guitar and by age fifteen had started playing for dances, mostly as a singer.
By the age of seven he had a desire to be in radio, inspired by the great Paul Kallinger who broadcast his show over XERF in Del Rio, Texas. This of course was the powerful Mexican border station that covered much of the United States. By age sixteen his radio dreams came true when he got his start in Childress, Texas. From that time forward, it's been radio and music for Dugg Collins.
After working many small stations up and down Highway 287, Dugg moved his family to Amarillo, Texas in 1968. He immediately started recording song demos for writers Junior Keith and Johnny Hathcock. It was a Junior Keith song that got him noticed by Aubrey Mayhew and Little Darlin' Records in Nashville, In 1969 Dugg did his very first professional recording session. The label was the home of Johnny Paycheck, who would, in 1970, become Dugg's record producer. Looking Back...1969 on sale here is the result of this session. In the mid 70's, Dugg signed a contract with SCR in Dallas and placed two songs in the national charts.
During the 80's, Dugg recorded for a record label in Los Angeles, California with little or no success from those sessions. He kept himself busy working night clubs and shows and didn't record again until he made an agreement with StarTex Records in Austin, Texas. Jim Loesberg and Justin Trevino thought too much time had elapsed since his last session and asked him to be their first artist on their new label. "SOUNDS LIKE TEXAS" turned out to be one of the best works Collins produced in the studio.
Dugg says he has met and worked with ever hero he ever had in radio and the music business. During the course of his life he has been a concert promoter, worked hundreds of dances, played hundreds of shows, enjoyed a great radio career and with the help of his loving wife Joyce, whom he married in 1963, raised four children and now enjoys six grand children and one more on the way.
HERE ARE A FEW OF THE HONORS IN HIS LIFE:
1979 CMA'S DISC JOCKEY OF THE YEAR - NASHVILLE
1996 THE COUNTRY MUSIC DISC JOCKEY "HALL OF FAME" - NASHVILLE
1996 THE TEXAS PANHANDLE BROADCASTERS "HALL OF FAME" - AMARILLO
1999 THE TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC DISC JOCKEY "HALL OF FAME" - CARTHAGE
2001 AMERICA'S OLD TIME COUNTRY MUSIC "HALL OF FAME" -AVOCA, IOWA
2002 THE PIONEERS OF WESTERN SWING "HALL OF FAME"-SEATTLE
2002 "SONG OF THE YEAR" FROM THE ACADEMY OF WESTERN ARTIST
2004 KANSAS WESTERN SWING SOCIETY "HALL OF FAME" -TOPEKA
Dugg is now working special dates with Hank Thompson's "Brazos Valley Boys." Be looking for Dugg and The Brazos Valley Boys at a Western Swing Festival or show near you.
Check out the artist's website:
1. There's No Easy Way to Die
2. Talk About Me
3. Meanest Jukebox in Town
4. I Don't Know When That Will Be
5. That Makes Two of Us
6. I Think I'll Wait A While
7. Talk About Me (New Arrangement)
8. The Pint of No Return