Thursday, February 7, 2019

Arthur Collins: Top 100 Songs

Arthur Collins: Top 100 Songs First posted 5/31/2019.

Pioneering recording artist known as “The King of the Ragtime Singers.” He was born 2/7/1864 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Died 8/3/1933. This baritone singer specialized in African-American dialect songs performed on vaudeville and in minstrel shows. He worked as a soloist (1898-1920), with the Big Four Quartet (01), with Byron Harlan (01-18), and with the Peerless Quartet (09-18).

Collins has three songs featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Pre-Rock Era, 1890-1953 – “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” and “The Darktown Strutters’ Ball” are duets with Bryon Harlan while “Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home?” is a solo recording.

For a complete list of this act’s songs and albums honored by the DMDB, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.


Top 100 Songs

Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards.

BH = Byron Harlan. Noted below are Collins’ songs which hit #1 on the U.S. pop charts.

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Alexander’s Ragtime Band (w/ AC, 1911) #1
2. School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids) (1907) #1
3. My Gal Sal (1907) #1
4. Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie (1906) #1
5. Darktown Strutters’ Ball (w/ AC, 1918) #1
6. Under the Bamboo Tree (1902) #1
7. Put Your Arms Around Me Honey (I Never Knew Any Girl Like You) (w/ BH, 1911) #1
8. Down Where the Wurzburger Flows (w/ BH, 1902) #1
9. Hello Ma Baby (1899) #1

DMDB Top 5%:

10. When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam’ (w/ BH, 1913) #1
11. Goodbye Dolly Gray (Big Four Quartet, 1901) #1
12. The Right Church But the Wrong Pew (w/ BH, 1909) #1
13. Ma Tiger Lily (1900) #1
14. Any Rags? (1903) #1
15. Under the Yum Yum Tree (w/ BH, 1911) #1
16. Hurrah for Baffin’s Bay (w/ BH, 1903) #1
17. I Love the Ladies (w/ BH, 1914) #1
18. Goodbye Eliza Jane (1903) #1
19. Mandy Lee (1900) #1
20. Everybody’s Doin’ It Now (w/ BH, 1912)
21. Camp Meetin’ Time (w/ BH, 1906) #1
22. Oh How She Could Yacki Hacki Wicki Wachi Woo (That's Love in Honolulu) (w/ BH, 1916) #1
23. That’s-a-Plenty (1909)
24. Alabama Jubilee (w/ BH, 1915)
25. Steamboat Bill (1911)
26. Tammany (w/ BH, 1905)
27. Coax Me (w/ BH, 1905)
28. Oh, You Circus Day (w/ BH, 1912)
29. What You Goin' to Do When the Rent Comes 'Round? (Rufus Rastas Johnson Brown) (1905)
30. The Old Grey Mare (Whiffle Tree) (w/ BH, 1918)

31. I’ve Got a Feelin’ for You (1904)
32. I’d Leave My Happy Home for Love (1899) #1
33. My Irish Molly-O (1905)
34. When Uncle Joe Plays a Rag on His Old Banjo (1912)
35. I’m a Jonah Man (1903)
36. Melinda’s Wedding Day (w/ BH, 1913)
37. If Money Talks, It Ain’t on Speakin’ Terms with Me (1902)
38. Down Among the Sugar Cane (w/ BH, 1909)
39. Down in Jungle Town (w/ BH, 1908)
40. They're Wearing 'Em Higher in Hawaii (w/ BH, 1917)

41. I Love, I Love, I Love My Wife, But Oh You Kid! (1909)
42. Snookey Ookums (w/ BH, 1913)
43. The Oceana Roll (1911)
44. You Can’t Fool All the People All the Time (1903)
45. The Cubanola Glide (w/ BH, 1910)
46. The Wedding of Reuben and the Maid (w/ BH, 1901)
47. My Gal Irene (w/ BH, 1908)
48. Cindy, I Dream About You (1901)
49. Waiting for the Robert E. Lee (w/ BH, 1912)

DMDB Top 10%:

50. That Mesmerizing Mendelssohn Tune (w/ BH, 1910)
51. Under the Anheuser Busch (w/ BH, 1904)
52. Under the Bamboo Tree (w/ BH, 1903)
53. Parody on “Hiawatha” (w/ BH, 1903)
54. The International Rag (w/ BH, 1913)
55. If I’m Goin’ to Die, I’m Goin’ to Have Some Fun (1907)
56. I Love It! (1911)
57. In My Merry Oldsmobile (w/ BH, 1905)
58. Tell Me Dusky Maiden (1902)
59. The Leader of the German Band (w/ BH, 1906)
60. Nobody (1905)

61. I Never Trouble Trouble Until Trouble Troubles Me (1901)
62. If He Comes in, I’m Going Out (1910)
63. Down in Chattanooga (w/ BH, 1914)
64. Sugar Moon (w/ BH, 1910)
65. Celebratin’ Day in Tennessee (w/ BH, 1914)
66. Hannah, Won’t You Open That Door? (1904)
67. The Honeymoon Glide (w/ BH, 1911)
68. And a Little Bit More (w/ BH, 1907)
69. I’m Crazy ‘Bout It! (w/ BH, 1906)
70. I’m Going Back to Dixie (aka “I Want to Be in Dixie”) (w/ BH, 1912)

71. That Mysterious Rag (w/ Arthur Campbell, 1912)

DMDB Top 20%:

72. Out in an Automobile (w/ BH, 1906)
73. Casey Jones (w/ BH, 1910)
74. Down Where the Wurzburger Flows (1904)
75. All Coons Look Alike to Me (w/ Vess Ossman, 1902)
76. It Looks Like a Big Night Tonight (w/ BH, 1908)
77. Kiss Me Honey Do (1899) #1
78. Here Comes My Daddy Now (w/ BH, 1913)
79. The Memphis Blues (w/ BH, 1915)
80. I Guess I’ll Have to Telegraph My Baby (1899) #1

81. Oh, That Beautiful Rag (1910)
82. On a Monkey Honeymoon (w/ BH, 1910)
83. Down Where the Big Bananas Grow (w/ BH, 1910)
84. Moonlight in Jungle Land (w/ BH, 1910)
85. Minstrel Parade (w/ BH, 1915)
86. When You Ain’t Got No More Money, Well, You Needn’t Come Around (1899) #1
87. Yip-I-Addy-I-Ay! (w/ BH, 1909)
88. I Don’t Know Where I’m Goin’ to Have Some Fun (1906)
89. Paddle Your Own Canoe (w/ BH, 1906)
90. Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula (w/ BH, 1916)

91. The Argentines, the Portuguese, and the Greeks (1920)
92. Camp Meeting Band (w/ BH, 1914)
93. My Wife’s Gone to the Country (Hurah! Hurah!) (w/ BH, 1909)
94. Down in Dear Old New Orleans (w/ BH, 1913)
95. Down at the Husking Bee (w/ BH, 1909)
96. In the Land of Harmony (1911)
97. On the 5:15 (w/ BH, 1915)
98. On the Old Fall River Line (w/ BH, 1914)
99. Lily of the Valley (w/ BH, 1917)
100. Here It Comes Again (1906)


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