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Robert Nighthawk

Robert Lee McCollum (November 30, 1909 – November 5, 1967) was an American blues musician who played and recorded under the pseudonyms Robert Lee McCoy and Robert Nighthawk. He was the father of the blues musician Sam Carr. Nighthawk was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1983.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 30th, 1909 (Helena), Died November 5th, 1967 (Helena)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: harmonica, vocalist, composer, guitar

Notes: Birth name: Robert Lee McCollum. Many compositions credited as Robert Lee McCoy or R. L. McCoy.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-07648 10-in. 5/5/1937 Good gal Walter Davis Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist  
Victor BS-07655 10-in. 5/5/1937 Tough luck Robert Lee McCoy Male vocal solo, with harmonica and 2 guitars composer, vocalist  
Victor BS-07656 10-in. 5/5/1937 Lonesome world Robert Lee McCoy Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-07657 10-in. 5/5/1937 G man Robert Lee McCoy Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-07658 10-in. 5/5/1937 Don't mistreat your woman Robert Lee McCoy Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-07659 10-in. 5/5/1937 Prowling Night-Hawk Robert Lee McCoy Male vocal solo, with harmonica and 2 guitars vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-07660 10-in. 5/5/1937 Sweet Pepper Mama Robert Lee McCoy Male vocal solo, with harmonica and 2 guitars vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-016526 10-in. 11/11/1937 Danger blues Robert Lee McCoy Male vocal solo, with harmonica, guitar, and piano composer, vocalist  
Victor BS-016527 10-in. 11/11/1937 My friend has forsaken me Robert Lee McCoy Male vocal solo, with harmonica, guitar, and piano composer, vocalist  
Victor BS-016528 10-in. 11/11/1937 Mean black cat Robert Lee McCoy Male vocal solo, with harmonica, guitar, and piano vocalist  
Victor BS-016529 10-in. 11/11/1937 Brickyard Robert Lee McCoy Male vocal solo, with harmonica, guitar, and piano vocalist  
Victor BS-016530 10-in. 11/11/1937 Mamie Lee Robert Lee McCoy Male vocal solo, with harmonica, guitar, and piano vocalist  
Victor BS-016531 10-in. 11/11/1937 Take it easy baby Robert Lee McCoy Male vocal solo, with harmonica and 2 guitars vocalist  
Victor BS-016532 10-in. 11/11/1937 I have spent my bones Robert Lee McCoy Male vocal solo, with harmonica and 2 guitars vocalist  
Victor BS-016533 10-in. 11/11/1937 C N A Robert Lee McCoy Male vocal solo, with harmonica, guitar, and piano vocalist  
Victor BS-030858 10-in. 12/17/1938 Every day and night Ramblin' Bob Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-030859 10-in. 12/17/1938 Ol' Mose Ramblin' Bob Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-030860 10-in. 12/17/1938 You're all I've got to live for Ramblin' Bob Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-030861 10-in. 12/17/1938 She's got what it takes Ramblin' Bob Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-030862 10-in. 12/17/1938 Next door neighbor Ramblin' Bob ; Sonny Boy Williamson Male vocal solo, with guitar, piano, and talk vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-030863 10-in. 12/17/1938 Big Apple blues Ramblin' Bob Male vocal solo, with harmonica, guitar, and piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-030864 10-in. 12/17/1938 Freight train blues Ramblin' Bob Male vocal solo, with harmonica, guitar, and piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-030865 10-in. 12/17/1938 Good gamblin' Ramblin' Bob Male vocal solo, with harmonica, guitar, and piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-064650 10-in. 8/1/1941 Every dog must have his day Walter Vinson Male vocal solo, with harmonica, guitar, and imitation string bass instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BS-064651 10-in. 8/1/1941 You know what you promised me Walter Vinson Male vocal solo, with harmonica, guitar, and imitation string bass instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BS-064652 10-in. 8/1/1941 Gulf Coast Bay Walter Vinson Male vocal solo, with harmonica, guitar, and imitation string bass instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BS-064653 10-in. 8/1/1941 Rosa Lee blues Walter Vinson Male vocal solo, with harmonica, guitar, and imitation string bass instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BS-064654 10-in. 8/1/1941 Can't get a word in edgeways Walter Vinson Male vocal solo, with harmonica, guitar, and imitation string bass instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BS-064655 10-in. 8/1/1941 She's leaving me Walter Vinson Male vocal solo, with harmonica, guitar, and imitation string bass instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BS-064723 10-in. 7/23/1941 What will I do? Big Joe and his Rhythm Male vocal solo, with washtub band instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BS-064724 10-in. 7/23/1941 Oh! Red's twin brother Big Joe and his Rhythm Male vocal solo, with washtub band instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BS-064725 10-in. 7/23/1941 We can't agree Big Joe and his Rhythm Male vocal solo, with washtub band instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BS-064726 10-in. 7/23/1941 Let's try it again Big Joe and his Rhythm Male vocal solo, with washtub band instrumentalist, harmonica  
Decca 91781 10-in. 9/14/1939 Little brown skin girl-1 Lee Brown instrumentalist, harmonica  
Decca 91782 10-in. 9/14/1939 Lock and key blues-2 Lee Brown instrumentalist, harmonica  
Decca 91783 10-in. 9/14/1939 Treated like a dog-2 Lee Brown instrumentalist, harmonica  
Decca 91784 10-in. 9/14/1939 My driving wheel-2 Lee Brown instrumentalist, harmonica  
Decca 93001 10-in. 6/4/1940 The Natchez fire Gene Gilmore instrumentalist, harmonica  
Decca 93003 10-in. 6/4/1940 The death of Walter Barnes Leonard Caston instrumentalist, harmonica  
Decca 93004 10-in. 6/4/1940 Mailman blues-2, 3 Sleepy John Estes instrumentalist, guitar, harmonica  
Decca 93005 10-in. 6/4/1940 Time is drawing near-2 Sleepy John Estes instrumentalist, guitar, harmonica  
Decca 93006 10-in. 6/4/1940 Mary come on home-2 Sleepy John Estes instrumentalist, guitar, harmonica  
Decca 93007 10-in. 6/4/1940 Jailhouse blues-1, 3 Sleepy John Estes instrumentalist, harmonica, guitar  
Decca 93008 10-in. 6/4/1940 Tell me how about it-1, 3, 4 Sleepy John Estes instrumentalist, guitar, harmonica  
Decca 93009 10-in. 6/4/1940 Drop down-1, 3, 4 Sleepy John Estes instrumentalist, harmonica  
Decca 93034 10-in. 6/5/1940 Gonna keep it for my Daddy-1, 2 Peetie's Boy instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca 93035 10-in. 6/5/1940 Never leave me-3 Peetie's Boy vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 93036 10-in. 6/5/1940 Mama don't allow me to stay out all night long Peetie's Boy instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca 93037 10-in. 6/5/1940 Friar's point blues Peetie's Boy instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca 93585 10-in. 3/12/1941 I don' t feel sleepy Peetie Wheatstraw instrumentalist, harmonica  
Decca 93586 10-in. 3/12/1941 My little bit Peetie Wheatstraw instrumentalist, harmonica  
Decca 93587 10-in. 3/12/1941 Seeing is believing Peetie Wheatstraw instrumentalist, harmonica  
Decca 93588 10-in. 3/12/1941 The good Lawd' s children Peetie Wheatstraw instrumentalist, harmonica  
Decca 93589 10-in. 3/12/1941 You got to tell me something Peetie Wheatstraw instrumentalist, harmonica  
Decca 93590 10-in. 3/12/1941 Love me with attention Peetie Wheatstraw instrumentalist, harmonica  
Decca 93591 10-in. 3/12/1941 I'm a little piece of leather Peetie Wheatstraw instrumentalist, harmonica  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Nighthawk, Robert," accessed April 11, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105969.

Nighthawk, Robert. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 11, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105969.

"Nighthawk, Robert." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 11 April 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105969

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