|Born in 1887 Sam Collins was one of the earliest generation of blues performers. He grew up in McComb, Mississippi, just over the border of his native state Louisiana.
By 1924 he was performing in local barrelhouses in the weekends. He was an intermittend partner of King Solomon Hill, who on his turn was an associate of Willard Thomas.
Some of the elements of Willard Thomas's style influenced Sam and he shared the use of falsetto singing and slide guitar with Hill.
Sam recorded a lot of numbers, most of it unfortunately never were issued, except for his debut single "The Jail House Blues". As a blues guitarist Sam Collins never became a major name. He often was out of tune, but he provided a steady beat for dancing, and his bottleneck playing, ranging freely through the treble and bass registers was an effective foil to his eery singing. So he was advertised as "Crying Sam Collins and his Git-Fiddle".
His rural bottleneck guitarpieces were among the first to be compiled on LP when the country-blues reissue era was just beginning.
He was one of the first to put Mississippi on the map, predating legends such as Charley Patton and Tommy Johnson.
He migrated to Chicago in the late '30s, and in 1949 he died there of heart disease.