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
1906 Pretty Desdamone Arthur Francis Collins 1
1906 Moving Day Arthur Francis Collins 1
1906 When Mose With His Nose Leads the Band Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1906 Jessamine Arthur Francis Collins 1
1906 Traveling Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1906 Here It Comes Again Arthur Francis Collins 1
1906 It's Up to You to Move Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1906 Afloat on a Five-Dollar Note Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1906 Bill Simmons Arthur Francis Collins 1
1906 I Don't Know Where I'm Goin', but I'm on My Way Arthur Francis Collins 1
1906 I'm Crazy 'Bout It Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1906 Susan, Kiss Me Good and Hard Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1906 When a Poor Relation Comes to Town Arthur Francis Collins 1
1906 Everybody Had a Good Old Time Arthur Francis Collins 1
1906 The Songs of the Rag Time Boy Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1906 Abraham Jefferson Washington Lee Arthur Francis Collins 1
1906 Camp Meeting Time Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1907 Arrah Wanna Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1907 Moses Andrew Jackson, Good-Bye Arthur Francis Collins 1
1907 I'm Going Right Back to Chicago Arthur Francis Collins 1
1907 All in, Down and Out Arthur Francis Collins 1
1907 Bake Dat Chicken Pie Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1907 If Anybody Wants to Meet a Jonah, Shake Hands With Me Arthur Francis Collins 1
1907 My Kickapoo Queen Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1907 Oh! Mr. Brown Arthur Francis Collins 1
1907 That Welcome on the Mat Ain't Meant for Me Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1907 Ephraham Johnson Arthur Francis Collins 1
1907 Reed Bird Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1907 And a Little Bit More Arthur Francis Collins 1
1907 I Know Dat I'll Be Happy Till I Die Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1907 Ev'ry Little Bit Added to What You've Got Makes Just a Little Bit More Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1907 So Long, So Long Arthur Francis Collins 1
1907 Brother Noah Gave Out Checks for Rain Arthur Francis Collins 1
1907 Many's the Time Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1907 Just Help Yourself Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1907 There's Always Something Wrong Arthur Francis Collins 1
1907 If I'm Going to Die, I'm Going to Have Some Fun Arthur Francis Collins 1
1907 Oh, Oh, Miss Lucy Ella Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1907 I Get Dippy When I Do That Two-Step Dance Arthur Francis Collins 1
1907 In Monkey Land Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1908 Just Because He Couldn't Sing "Love Me, and the World Is Mine" Arthur Francis Collins 1
1908 Who Do You Love? Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1908 Much Obliged to You Arthur Francis Collins 1
1908 Rain-In-The-Face Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1908 Nothin' Ever Worries Me Arthur Francis Collins 1
1908 Sahara Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1908 I Got to See the Minstrel Show Arthur Francis Collins 1
1908 Way Back Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1908 Hannibal Hope Arthur Francis Collins 1
1908 My Gal Irene Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1908 Honey, Won't You Please Come Down? Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1908 Ragtime Don't Go With Me No More Arthur Francis Collins 1
1908 Nothing Hardly Ever Troubles Me Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1908 Parson Jones' Three Reasons Arthur Francis Collins 1
1908 A High Old Time in Dixie Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1908 Mother Hasn't Spoken to Father Since Arthur Francis Collins 1
1908 Cohan's Rag Babe Arthur Francis Collins 1
1908 Down in Jungle Town Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1908 Old Time Rag Arthur Francis Collins 1
1908 Wishes Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1908 I Think I See My Brother Coming Now Arthur Francis Collins 1
1908 It Looks Like a Big Night To-Night Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1908 My Brudda Sylvest Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1908 What You Goin' To Tell Old St. Peter? Arthur Francis Collins 1
1909 Baby Doll Arthur Francis Collins 1
1909 Honey Lou Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1909 Alabama Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1909 Schooners That Pass in the Night Arthur Francis Collins 1
1909 Yip-I-Addy-I-Ay! Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1909 Down Among the Sugar Cane Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1909 Make a Noise Like a Hoop and Roll Away Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1909 Who's Your Friend? Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1909 Heinie Waltzed 'round on His Hickory Limb Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1909 The Whitewash Man Arthur Francis Collins 1
1909 Set 'em Up in the Other Alley Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1909 Oh! You Loving Gal! Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1909 Down at the Huskin' Bee Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1909 Baboon Bungalow Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1909 How Do You Do, Miss Josephine? Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1910 Ting Tang Sang Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1910 Nobody Knows Where John Brown Went Arthur Francis Collins 1
1910 Some Day, Melinda Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1910 Zoo Loo Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1910 Stop That Rag! Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1910 Underneath the Monkey Moon Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1910 Play That Lovey Dove Waltz Some More Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1910 You're Just Too Sweet to Live Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1910 Chanticleer Rag Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1910 The Yucatana Man Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1911 Cotton Time Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1911 'way Down in Georgia Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1911 The Cubanola Glide Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1911 Alexander's Ragtime Band / The Oceana Roll Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan / Eddie Morton 1
1912 Buddy Boy / Ragtime Soldier Man Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan 1
1912 In Ragtime Land / One O’Clock in the Morning Albert Campbell & Arthur Collins / Walter Van Brunt 1
1914 Follow the Crowd (La Rose) / I Love the Ladies Peerless Quartet / Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1916 Down Where the Swannee River Flows / Come Out of the Kitchen Mary Ann Arthur Francis Collins 1
1916 Ephraim’s Jazbo Band / They’re Wearin’ ’em Higher in Hawaii Arthur Francis Collins 1
1917 If You Saw All That I Saw in Arkansas / Long Boy Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. Harlan 1
1917 Come Along Caroline / Virginia Reel Arthur Collins / Peerless Dance Orchestra 1

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