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
1902 Mandy, Won't You Let Me Be Your Beau? Arthur F. Collins & Frank P. Banta 1
1902 They Were All Doing the Same Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1903 Home Ain't Nothin' Like This Arthur F. Collins & Frank P. Banta 1
1903 O'Brien Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan & Frank P. Banta 1
1903 The Pooh Bah of Blackville Town Arthur F. Collins & Frank P. Banta 1
1903 I Wonder Why Bill Bailey Don't Come Home Arthur Francis Collins 1
1903 When the Winter Time Comes 'round Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan & Frank P. Banta 1
1903 My Little Pansy Arthur Francis Collins 1
1903 Waltz Me Down the Alley, Sallie Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan & Frank P. Banta 1
1903 Won't You Roll Dem Eyes Arthur Francis Collins 1
1903 Every Morn I Bring Her Chicken Arthur Francis Collins 1
1903 Hurrah for Baffin's Bay Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan & Frank P. Banta 1
1903 I'm a Jonah Man Arthur F. Collins & Frank P. Banta 1
1903 Ephasafa Dill Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan & Frank P. Banta 1
1903 My Emmaleen Arthur F. Collins & Frank P. Banta 1
1903 You Can't Fool All the People All the Time Arthur F. Collins & Frank P. Banta 1
1903 I Ain't Got No Use for Sleep Arthur F. Collins & Frank P. Banta 1
1903 Parody on Hiawatha Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1903 Good-Bye, Eliza Jane Arthur F. Collins & Frank P. Banta 1
1903 It Was the Dutch Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan & Frank P. Banta 1
1903 The Crowd on Macnally's Back Stoop Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan & Frank P. Banta 1
1903 Any Rags Arthur Francis Collins 1
1903 He Was a Sailor Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan & Frank P. Banta 1
1903 Moriarity Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan & Frank P. Banta 1
1903 That's How I Love You, Mame Arthur F. Collins & Frank P. Banta 1
1903 I'll Be Busy All Next Week Arthur F. Collins & Frank P. Banta 1
1903 I'll Kill the Man Who Swiped My Can Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan & Frank P. Banta 1
1903 I'm So Tired of Livin', I Don't Care When I Die Arthur F. Collins & Frank P. Banta 1
1903 On Broadway in Dahomey Bye and Bye Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan & Frank P. Banta 1
1903 Strike Out Maccracken Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan & Frank P. Banta 1
1903 Susie Anna Arthur F. Collins & Frank P. Banta 1
1903 The Gambling Man Arthur F. Collins & Frank P. Banta 1
1903 Trouble Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan & Frank P. Banta 1
1904 Celia Arthur Francis Collins 1
1904 My Dixie Lou Arthur Francis Collins 1
1904 What Would the Neighbours Say? Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan & Frank P. Banta 1
1904 Barney Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1904 Comic Coon Duet Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1904 Coonville's Cullud Band Arthur Francis Collins 1
1904 If You're Such a Great Star, Why Don't You Shine? Arthur Francis Collins 1
1904 Hannah, Won't You Open That Door? Arthur Francis Collins 1
1904 Maydee Arthur Francis Collins 1
1904 My Little Irish Canary Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1904 Over the Pilsener Foam Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1904 Come Down From the Big Fig Tree Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1904 I've Got a Feelin' for You Arthur Francis Collins 1
1904 The Man Behind Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1904 The Seventeenth of March Arthur Francis Collins 1
1904 Gooda-Bye Fedora Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1904 He Done Me Wrong Arthur Francis Collins 1
1904 Possum Pie Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1904 The Gondolier Arthur Francis Collins 1
1904 Down on the Brandywine Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1904 For De Lawdy Sakes, Feed My Dawg Arthur Francis Collins 1
1904 The Goo-Goo Man Arthur Francis Collins 1
1904 The Mule Song Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1904 Everywhere Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1904 Oysters and Clams Arthur Francis Collins 1
1904 Gone, Gone, Gone Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1904 Great Big Chickapoo Chief Arthur Francis Collins 1
1904 Louisa Schmidt Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1904 Scissors to Grind Arthur Francis Collins 1
1904 Why, Hello Bill, Who's Your Friend? Arthur Francis Collins 1
1904 Does You Love Me as You Used to, Miss Jane? Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1904 Down Where the Sweet Potatoes Grow Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1904 It's Great to Be Crazy Arthur Francis Collins 1
1904 A Village Maid Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1904 Imagination Arthur Francis Collins 1
1904 Make a Fuss Over Me Arthur Francis Collins 1
1904 The Wedding of Barney and Bedelia Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1905 Abraham Arthur Francis Collins 1
1905 Back, Back, Back to Baltimore Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1905 Coax Me Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1905 Gimme De Leavin's Arthur Francis Collins 1
1905 Oh, Oh, Sallie Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1905 The Bingville Band Arthur Francis Collins 1
1905 Won't You Fondle Me? Arthur Francis Collins 1
1905 Jasper, Don't You Hear Me Calling You? Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1905 Ramblin' Sam Arthur Francis Collins 1
1905 Tammany Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1905 The Preacher and the Bear Arthur Francis Collins 3
1905 Hey! Mr. Joshua Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1905 What's the Matter With the Mail? Arthur Francis Collins 1
1905 Come Along, Little Girl, Come Along Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1905 The Goose-Bone Man Arthur Francis Collins 1
1905 Take a Car Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1905 Who's There? Arthur Francis Collins 1
1905 Making Eyes Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1905 Nobody Arthur Francis Collins 1
1905 The Leader of the German Band Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1905 What You Goin' to Do When the Rent Comes 'round? Arthur Francis Collins 1
1905 Have You Seen My Henry Brown? Arthur Francis Collins 1
1905 On the Banks of the Rhine With a Stein Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1905 Bye-Bye, Ma Eva, Bye-Bye Arthur Francis Collins 1
1905 Nigger Loves His 'Possum Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1906 I'm Getting Sleepy Arthur Francis Collins 1
1906 Paddle Your Own Canoe Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1906 I'm A-Dreamin' of You Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1906 Robinson Crusoe's Isle Arthur Francis Collins 1
1906 L-A-Z-Y Spells Lazy Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1

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