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COLLINGS, William. (Dubuque, IA- ). Musician. In 1991 Collings completed twenty years of service as the organist for FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST. Making the record more unique was the fact that Collings achieved this distinction by traveling from his home in Chicago, Illinois, every week by train or bus to practice and then play for church services on Sunday morning.

A graduate of DUBUQUE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, Collings was associated with the American Guild of Organists for forty-five years. In Chicago he was employed since May 10, 1956, by the Chicago Title Insurance Company.