Arthur Francis Collins (19th century singer)

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Vocals: baritone

His grandfather was Reverend Joseph Perry, and his father was Captain Arthur Collins. He was the oldest of 10 children. He had one son, Sergeant Arthur Perry Collins. He grew up and lived in New Jersey, breeding horses and cattle. When he retired in 1926, he and his wife moved to Tice, Florida, where he grew oranges. He died of old age.

Known as "The King of Ragtime Songs".

Though he was one of the most prolific singers of the cylinder and early record market, and thus had many hits, he was most famous for "The Preacher and the Bear", which he recorded many times for various labels. That song is often credited for composition to Joe Arizona, but correctly credited to George Fairman. Fairman, a pianist, sold the rights to the song to Arizona, the owner of the cafe in which he played, for $250 in either 1902 or 1903. (Fairman's recollection, in 1955, was hazy as to the exact date of the sale of the song.)

Unlike most other artists of his time, who used various pseudonyms depending on the label and/or type of song being sung, Collins never used a pseudonym for any of his solo releases, regardless of the label.

On October 20, 1921, while touring as part of the duo of Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan for Edison Records' Test Tone recording demonstrations, he was walking off-stage when he fell through a trapdoor accidentally left open. This left him bedridden and unable to travel, perform, or record until mid-1923, when he had recovered sufficiently that he again was able to tour and record with Harlan for Edison.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1898 A Bowery Bantam Ball Arthur Francis Collins 1
1898 A Red Hot Coon Arthur Francis Collins 1
1898 Every Night I See That Nigger Standing Round Arthur Francis Collins 1
1898 Fly, Fly, Fly Arthur Francis Collins 1
1898 Happy Days in Dixie Arthur Francis Collins 1
1898 Hesitate, Mr. Nigger Arthur Francis Collins 1
1898 Honey, Does Yer Love Yer Man? Arthur Francis Collins 1
1898 I Want My Lulu Arthur Francis Collins 1
1898 I Wish My Rent Was Paid Arthur Francis Collins 1
1898 I Wish They'd Do It Now Arthur Francis Collins 1
1898 Just as the Sun Went Down Arthur Francis Collins 1
1898 Long Live America Arthur Francis Collins 1
1898 Mammy's Little Punkin Colored Coon Arthur Francis Collins 1
1898 Move Up, Johnson Arthur Francis Collins 1
1898 O Liza, How I Despise Her Arthur Francis Collins 1
1898 Remus Take the Cake Arthur Francis Collins 1
1898 Syncopated Sandy Arthur Francis Collins 1
1898 The Colored Aristocracy Arthur Francis Collins 1
1898 The Darktown Colored Band Arthur Francis Collins 1
1898 The Handicap March Song Arthur Francis Collins 1
1898 The New Bully Arthur Francis Collins 1
1898 What Do You Think of Hoolihan? Arthur Francis Collins 1
1898 You're All Right, but You Don't Get In Arthur Francis Collins 1
1898 You've Met All Comers, but You Haven't Met Me Arthur Francis Collins 1
1899 How I Love My Lou Arthur F. Collins & Samuel H. Dudley & Ancient City Quartette and Orchestra 1
1899 Just One Girl Arthur F. Collins & Samuel H. Dudley & Ancient City Quartette and Orchestra 1
1899 Laughing Song Arthur F. Collins & Samuel H. Dudley & Ancient City Quartette and Orchestra 1
1899 Minstrel Scene Arthur F. Collins & Samuel H. Dudley & Ancient City Quartette and Orchestra 1
1899 My Ann Elizer Arthur F. Collins & Samuel H. Dudley & Ancient City Quartette and Orchestra 1
1899 Three Minutes With the Minstrels Arthur F. Collins & Samuel H. Dudley & Ancient City Quartette and Orchestra 1
1899 I'd Leave My Happy Home for You Arthur Collins 1
1899 All Coons Look Alike to Me Arthur Francis Collins 1
1899 Campin' on De Ole Swanee Arthur Francis Collins 1
1899 De Possum Chase Arthur Francis Collins 1
1899 Echoes of Minstrelsy Arthur F. Collins & Samuel H. Dudley & Ancient City Quartette and Orchestra 1
1899 Hello, Ma Baby Arthur Francis Collins 1
1899 I Ain't Seen No Messenger Boy Arthur Francis Collins 1
1899 I Guess I'll Have to Telegraph My Baby Arthur Francis Collins 1
1899 I'd Leave My Happy Home for You Arthur Francis Collins 1
1899 I'm Happy When I'm by My Baby's Side Arthur Francis Collins 1
1899 I've Just Received a Telegram From Baby Arthur Francis Collins 1
1899 Keep Away From Emmeline! Arthur Francis Collins 1
1899 Minstrel Potpourri Arthur F. Collins & Samuel H. Dudley & Ancient City Quartette and Orchestra 1
1899 My Ann Elizer Arthur Francis Collins 1
1899 My Hannah Lady Arthur Francis Collins 1
1899 Plantation Minstrels Arthur F. Collins & Samuel H. Dudley & Ancient City Quartette and Orchestra 1
1899 Say Yo' Love Me, Sue Arthur Francis Collins 1
1899 When You Ain't Got No Money, Well, You Needn't Come Around Arthur Francis Collins 1
1899 Who Dat Say "Chicken" in Dis Crowd? Arthur Francis Collins 1
1899 Yo' Mustn't Try to Fool Yo' Little Angie Arthur Francis Collins 1
1900 Gabriella Brown Is Back in Town Arthur Francis Collins 1
1900 Old Bill Jones Arthur Francis Collins 1
1900 Old Black Joe Arthur F. Collins & George S. Williams 1
1900 The Colonel Arthur Francis Collins 1
1900 Ma Tiger Lily Arthur Francis Collins 1
1900 Susianna From Louisiana Arthur Francis Collins 1
1900 The Mick Who Threw the Brick Arthur Francis Collins 1
1900 Vaudeville Specialty, No. 4 Arthur Francis Collins 1
1900 Every Race Has a Flag but the Coon Arthur Francis Collins 1
1900 Lam' Lam' Lam' Arthur Francis Collins 1
1900 The Blue and the Gray Arthur Francis Collins 1
1900 You Can't Keep McKinley From the Chair Arthur Francis Collins 1
1900 My Money Never Gives Out Arthur Francis Collins 1
1900 Pliny, Come Kiss Your Baby Arthur Francis Collins 1
1900 Mandy Lee Arthur Francis Collins 1
1900 No Cake Can Come Too High for Me Arthur Francis Collins 1
1901 If You Love Your Baby, Make Goo-Goo Eyes Arthur Francis Collins 1
1901 Just Because She Made Dem Goo-Goo Eyes Arthur Francis Collins 1
1901 Negro Recollections Arthur F. Collins & George S. Williams 1
1901 The Coleville Coon Cadets Arthur Francis Collins 1
1901 Cindy, I Dreams About You Arthur Francis Collins 1
1901 Alabama Troubadours Arthur F. Collins & Samuel H. Dudley & Ancient City Quartette and Orchestra 1
1901 California Minstrels Arthur F. Collins & Samuel H. Dudley & Ancient City Quartette and Orchestra 1
1901 Reminiscences of Blackface Arthur F. Collins & Samuel H. Dudley & Ancient City Quartette and Orchestra 1
1901 Everybody Has a Whistle Like Me Arthur Francis Collins 1
1901 I've Got a White Man Workin' for Me Arthur Francis Collins 1
1901 Tobie, I Kind O' Likes You Arthur Francis Collins 1
1901 Balmoral Arthur Francis Collins 1
1901 Melancholy Mose Arthur Francis Collins 1
1901 I Ain't a Gwine to Weep No More Arthur Francis Collins 1
1901 Ain't Dat Lovin'? Arthur Francis Collins 1
1901 Ev'ry Darkey Had a Raglan On Arthur Francis Collins 1
1901 If I Only Had a Dollah of My Own Arthur Francis Collins 1
1901 My Lady Hottentot Arthur Francis Collins 1
1902 Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home? Arthur Collins 1
1902 I Never Trouble Trouble Until Trouble Troubles Me Arthur F. Collins & Joseph H. Natus 1
1902 Back, Back to the Woods Arthur F. Collins & Joseph H. Natus & Frank P. Banta 1
1902 Blooming Lize Arthur F. Collins & Frank P. Banta 1
1902 My Castle on the Nile Arthur F. Collins & Frank P. Banta 1
1902 Oh, Didn't He Ramble Arthur Francis Collins 1
1902 On Emancipation Day Arthur F. Collins & Frank P. Banta 1
1902 Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home? Arthur F. Collins & Frank P. Banta 1
1902 My Sambo Arthur F. Collins & Frank P. Banta 1
1902 Please Let Me Sleep Arthur F. Collins & Frank P. Banta 1
1902 Stay in Your Own Back Yard Arthur F. Collins & Frank P. Banta 1
1902 Down Where the Wurzburger Flows Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan & Frank P. Banta 1
1902 My Maid From Hindustan Arthur F. Collins & Frank P. Banta 1
1902 Under the Bamboo Tree Arthur F. Collins & Frank P. Banta 1
1902 I'm Unlucky Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan & Frank P. Banta 1
1902 Just Kiss Yourself Good-Bye Arthur F. Collins & Frank P. Banta 1

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