Tommy Collins performs "Whatcha Gonna Do Now" Live Video.

Tommy Collins performs "Whatcha Gonna Do Now" Live Video.

Leonard Raymond Sipes (September 28, 1930 – March 14, 2000), better known as Tommy Collins, was an American country music singer and songwriter.

Active primarily during the 1950s through the 1970s, Collins was instrumental in helping create the Bakersfield sound of the country music genre. He enjoyed a string of hits during the mid-1950s including "It Tickles" and "Watcha Gonna Do Now". He also wrote several songs for other artists, including "If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')", which was a top 10 hit for Faron Young in 1954 and a No. 1 hit by George Strait in 1988.

After several years in the ministry, Collins returned to recording. In 1965, he had a comeback hit with "If You Can't Bite, Don't Growl". In the 1970s, he wrote several hits for Merle Haggard, including the No. 1 hits "Carolyn" and "The Roots of My Raising". In 1981, Haggard recorded a biographical tribute to Collins called "Leonard".

Collins was the inspiration and character talked about in Craig Morgan's song, "I Wish I Could See Bakersfield".

Collins remained active in the songwriting business. He died March 14, 2000, in Ashland City, Tennessee.

Tommy Collins – Whatcha Gonna Do Now lyrics


Well back in the country a few years ago

There was sure a lot about the girls I don't know

I wondered how to steal a kiss but I was so shy

I wondered a million times every time I'd try

What am I gonna do now well I don't know how

And the girls started asking whatcha gonna do now

Well I was gettin' sweet on the neighbor's daughter Lou

She was cute and sassy and kinda bold too

She told me she'd show me what it's all about

She was gonna teach me how to knock 'em out

Holding hands and making eyes I learned in lesson one

Lou was my teacher and school sure was fun

How to put my arms around came in lesson two

She said now you're ready to learn somethin' new

Whatcha gonna do now you gotta show me how

Oh don't keep me waitin' whatcha gonna do now

[ guitar ]

I took her to the cake walk at the country school

She was hangin' on to me and she wouldn't turn me loose

Girls started making eyes I guess it made Lou sore

She took me to the moonlight said I gotta teach you more

Whatcha gonna do now oh how you do know how whatcha gonna do now

Kisses by the dozen hugs to beat the ban

I yelled and I pleaded I'm just one little man

Lou was sure excited need I tell you more

And then I saw a gleam that I never saw before

Whatcha gonna do now oh how you do know how whatcha gonna do now

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