Arthur Collins

Arthur Collins

Also known as A. Collins, Baritone, Collins

Discography of Arthur Collins:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 The Right Of The People To Rule 3 Audio 1919 Edison Blue Amberol Record
2 The Right Of The People To Rule 3 Audio 1919 Edison Amberol Record
3 Abraham 3 Audio 1905 Columbia Phonograph Co.
4 Three Minutes With The Minstrels 3 Audio 1899-05-00 Edison Records
5 I Was Roaming Along 3 Audio 1912 Oxford Disc Record
6 I'd Leave My Happy Home For You 3 Audio 1900 E. Berliner's Gramophone
7 Old Bill Jones 3 Audio 1900 E. Berliner's Gramophone
8 Mandy Lee 3 Audio 1899 E. Berliner's Gramophone
9 My Hannah Lady 3 Audio 1899 E. Berliner's Gramophone
10 All Coons Look Alike To Me 3 Audio 1902 Edison Gold Moulded Records
11 My Maid From Hindustan 3 Audio 1902 Edison Gold Moulded Records
12 A Rare Old Bird 3 Audio 1905 American Record Company
13 The Preacher And The Bear / Bake Dat Chicken Pie 2 Audio 1916 Victor
14 I Don't Allow No Coons To Hurt My Feelings 3 Audio 1900 E. Berliner's Gramophone
15 The Preacher & The Bear 3 Audio 1913 Edison Blue Amberol Record
16 Temptation Rag 3 Audio 1910 Oxford Disc Record
17 Fireside Minstrels 2 Audio 1920 Columbia
18 There's A Dark Man Coming With A Bundle 3 Audio 1905 Columbia Phonograph Co.
19 And A Little Bit More 3 Audio 1907 Edison Gold Moulded Records
20 Temptation Rag 3 Audio 1910 Indestructible Record
21 Bill Simmons (I've Got To Dance 'Till The Band Gits Through) 3 Audio 1906 Columbia Phonograph Co.
22 The Preacher And The Bear 3 Audio 1905 Columbia Phonograph Co.
23 Just Because He Couldn't Sing "Love Me And The World Is Mine" 4 Audio 1908-01-00 Edison Gold Moulded Records
24 I Get Dippy When I Do That Two-Step Dance 3 Audio 1907 Edison Gold Moulded Records
25 Much Obliged To You 3 Audio 1908 Edison Gold Moulded Records
26 The 17th Of March 3 Audio 1904 Edison Gold Moulded Records
27 Any Rags 3 Audio 1903 Edison Gold Moulded Records
28 What You Goin' To Do When The Rent Comes 'Round 3 Audio 1905 Edison Gold Moulded Records
29 Why Hello Bill Who's Your Friend 3 Audio 1904 Edison Gold Moulded Records
30 Moses Andrew Jackson Good-Bye 3 Audio 1907 Edison Gold Moulded Records
31 Come Right In, Sit Right Down 3 Audio 1909 Indestructible Record
32 Moving Day 3 Audio 1906 Edison Gold Moulded Records
33 Rufus Rastas Johnson Brown (What You Going To Do When The Rent Comes 'Round) 4 Audio 1905-09-00 Victor
34 The Wedding Glide / When Uncle Joe Plays A Rag On His Old Banjo 2 Audio Columbia-Rena Record
35 Aunt Mandy / The Ghost Of The Banjo Coon 2 Audio 1911 Victor
36 How Do You Do, Miss Ragtime / Row, Row, Row 2 Audio Columbia-Rena Record
37 Steamboat Bill / The Mississippi Dippy Dip 4 Audio United Record
38 Auntie Skinner's Chicken Dinner / There Must Be Little Cupids In The Briny 2 Audio 1915 Edison Records
39 What's The Use Of Loving, If You Can't Love All The Time 2 Audio Columbia
40 Buddy Boy/Ragtime Soldier Man 4 Audio Columbia
41 Abraham Washington Jefferson Lee 4 Audio


Born: February 7, 1864

Died: August 3, 1933

Baritone Arthur Collins deserves a title like Ragtime King since he made more discs with "rag" or "ragtime" in the title than any other singer, bringing the upbeat music into middle class parlors where the Victrola stood. He recorded on different occasions in the 1890s the Ernest Hogan song "All Coons Look Alike To Me," a song that is important since its 1896 sheet music has the first known use of "rag" as a musical term. Many of Collins' recordings are identified as a "coon song" or "darky song," which may be one reason scholars avoid crediting this white singer with popularizing ragtime.


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