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Sam Collins was born in Louisiana in 1887, moving with his family to McComb, Mississippi when he was very young when his father went in search of work. By 1900, he was working the streets of towns in southern Mississippi, developing his rural bottleneck guitar blues style but using a knife rather than a bottlekneck. Although his blues playing was not particularly innovative, he was one of the earliest of the bluesmen to record, releasing The Jailhouse Blues and 'Midnight Special' in 1927. He made further recording between 1927 and 1931, often under different names, most often Jim Foster. During the lean years of the 1930s he continued to play the streets of Mississippi. Towards the end of that decade he moved to Chicago but commercial success eluded him there and it is believed that he died impoverished in Chicago in 1949 aged 62, possibly from carbon monoxide poisoning.

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