Sam Collins (musician)

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Sam Collins (August 11, 1887 – October 20, 1949),[1] sometimes known as Crying Sam Collins and also (according to an authoritative source[2]) as Jim Foster, Jelly Roll Hunter, Big Boy Woods, Bunny Carter, and Salty Dog Sam, was an early American blues singer and guitarist.[1]


Collins was born in Louisiana[1] and grew up in McComb, Mississippi, just across the state border. By 1924 he was performing in local barrelhouses, often with King Solomon Hill; both of them sang falsetto parts and played slide guitar. Collins's first recording was "Yellow Dog Blues", made for Gennett Records in 1927. He recorded again in 1931; some of his later recordings appeared under different pseudonyms. His rural bottleneck guitar pieces were among the first to be compiled on LP. His best-known recording is "The Jail House Blues".[1]

Collins relocated to Chicago, Illinois, in the late 1930s, He died there from the effects of heart disease in October 1949, at the age of 62.[1]



  • 14 Rare Country Blues by Sam Collins & 2 Surprises by King Solomon Hill (Origin Jazz Library, 1965)
  • Jailhouse Blues (Yazoo, 1990)
  • King of the Blues Vol. 11 (P-Vine, 1992)
  • Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order 1927–1931 (Document, 1992)


1927, Richmond, Indiana

1931, New York


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