The Hi-Lites

Live – 1982


After playing drums for several years with the Earl Bishop Band, it was time for all of us to move on. The Hi-Lites, a local band from Belzoni, Mississippi, asked me to play drums for them. To be honest, I don’t remember everyone’s last names. The Hi-Lites were Harold ? on vocals, Marty ? on lead guitar, Marty Smith on bass, Brady Roberts on keyboards and myself - Ron Collins - on drums. I did not remain a band member for very long, due to the distance from Jackson, MS to Belzoni, MS. It was fun while it lasted.

In 1982, The Hi-Lites won 2nd Runner Up in The J.L. Jones WXLY Battle of the Country Show Down in Flowood, MS. There was only one trophy given, so we decided to take the trophy back to Mars & Steel in Jackson, MS, and have a duplicate made for each of us.


In the short time I played with the Hi-Lites, we recorded 2 tapes of a live show.  Below, you will find the names of each song from each tape.  Click on the song’s name to hear it.

Tape 1:

Take Me Down

Unknown Song (probably an original)*

Already Gone

For All the Wrong Reasons

Gonna Have a Party

Long Train Running


Always On My Mind

Unknown Song 2 (probably an original)*

Old Time Rock and Roll

Watching Girls Go By

Slow Hand


Tape 2:

All Right Now

Brick House

Brown Sugar

Wonderful Tonight

Can’t Get Enough (of Your Love)

Gimme Three Steps

Born to Be Wild

Sweet Home Alabama

Taking Care of Business


*If you know the actual names for either of the two Unknown Songs,