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    Gail Collins, lyricist who killed Mountain bassist husband & penned for Cream, dead

    Gail Collins, infamous lyricist who killed husband Felix Pappalardi, found dead in Mexican village. (New York Daily News)
    Gail Collins, a lyricist for the bands Cream and Mountain who gained infamy in New York in 1983 when she shot and killed her rock star husband, Felix Pappalardi, has died in the Mexican village where she lived as a recluse, the Daily News has learned.
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    Felix Pappalardi was a bassist and producer of Mountain.
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    Her landlord found her dead on Dec. 6, 2013
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    Her death is the coda to one of rock’s wildest crimes. Gail Collins spent two years in prison and disappeared after her 1985 parole.
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    “She was one of the most brilliant people I have ever known, but she was also an opinionated jackass,” said her friend Diane Pearl. “She just needed to be the star.”

    Gail Collins wrote the lyrics that Eric Clapton sang in “Strange Brew” for Cream’s “Disraeli Gears,” which Felix Pappalardi produced.
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    And she became a creative force in Mountain, writing lyrics and painting album cover art.

    On April 17, 1983, police found Pappalardi dead in bed at their Waterside Plaza apartment in Manhattan, shot through the neck with Collins’ Derringer.

    Convicted of criminally negligent homicide, Collins spent two years in prison and disappeared after her 1985 parole.
    more, with pictures, at the link

    Collins got writing credits on a vast series of '60-'70s lyrics, including
    Mountain's seminal "Nantucket Sleighride (For Owen Coffin'):

    http://www.discogs.com/artist/272143...Credits&page=2

    A pair of NY Post short articles written on the evening she was given her short sentence for being found guilty of criminally negligent homicide.

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    Several more links, a very interesting case, at least in terms of rock and roll:

    ArticlesIndex. (pappalardi.com)

    Overnight tryst and jealous wife led to death
    of a rock legend, but shooter gets last laugh
    . (NY Daily News)

    Of Collins, Daily Mail summoned up all its residual rock authority, i.e. nil, and wrote, "She wrote trippy lyrics for Cream and Mountain."

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    Cream and Mountain! Oh the music of my youth.
    RIP Ms. Collins.

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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ufdx5EwVdro"]cream - Cream Strange Brew - Disraeli Gears - YouTube[/ame]
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrPtgxFV9mY"]Nantucket Sleighride - YouTube[/ame]

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    THANK you!!!

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    Very interesting, wish I found this thread sooner, wondering if any way this tragic case could be connected to a missing member of E.Clapton's road crew, last heard from in 1983 ???......

    [ame="http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=225690"]CA CA - Lance Emerson Kunderman, from Ontario working for Eric Clapton - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community[/ame]



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