Starting The Week off on a High Note
- I decided to try and start the new week off on a positive high note. But I suspect things will go to shit soon enough.
Arthur Francis Collins (February 7, 1864 – August 3, 1933) was an American baritone who was one of the most prolific and beloved of pioneer recording artists, regarded in his day as "King of the Ragtime Singers".
Collins proved one of the most productive and successful singers in the record business, and in his long career between 1898 and 1925 he worked for every record company active in the United States. He specialized in what were then called coon songs, popular African-American dialect numbers associated with vaudeville and minstrel shows.
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Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home? - Arthur Collins (1902)
Hello! Ma Baby - Arthur Collins (1899)
"Hello! Ma Baby" is a Tin Pan Alley song written in 1899 by the team of Joseph E. Howard and Ida Emerson ("Howard and Emerson"). Its subject is a man who has a girlfriend he knows only through the telephone; it was the first well-known song to refer to the telephone. The song was first recorded by Arthur Collins (1864-1933) on Edison 5470.
Steamboat Bill - Arthur Collins (1911)
"Steamboat Bill" is a song sung by Arthur Collins in 1911. It was much loved and appeared in lots of popular media. There is a 1928 film named "Steamboat Bill Jr" that is named after the song, and the song is played in the famous 1928 cartoon "Steamboat Willie."