Benny Collins, legendary production manager and 2014 Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, died after a battle with pneumonia at Marin General Hospital in California Jan. 27. 


Benny Collins

Collins worked with everybody: Michael Jackson, U2Journey, David Bowie, The Rolling StonesJanet JacksonMadonna and Lionel Richie, and even took Wham! to China in 1985.

“Benny is one of the most honest, most ethical people I know – it’s that simple,” production Manager Charlie Hernandez told FOH Online when Collins won the Parnelli award. “He’s always able to tell the truth, whether it’s to a cab driver or the King of Pop.”

In fact, Collins gave Hernandez a job as site coordinator for Michael Jackson.

“He was my friend; I’ll miss him,” longtime friend Steve Macfadyen, who was with Collins in his final days, told Pollstar.

 Collins was working on a major concert called the Memory Of Concert, its producer, John Williams III, told Pollstar. The two of them worked together since the early days of Journey.