Sam Collins

Sam Collins (August 11, 1887 – October 20, 1949), sometimes known as Crying Sam Collins, was an early American blues singer and guitarist. His style has been described as "South Mississippi", rather than Delta blues and "The Jail House Blues" is his best-known recording.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 11th, 1887, Died October 20th, 1949 (Chicago)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W149924 10-in. 1/28/1930 Dreamy hula town Selvin’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Collins, Sam," accessed October 20, 2020,

Collins, Sam. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 20, 2020, from

"Collins, Sam." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 20 October 2020.

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