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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 (Results 26-50 of 56 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-50 of 56 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Nighthawk, Robert," accessed April 20, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105969.

Nighthawk, Robert. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 20, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105969.

"Nighthawk, Robert." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 20 April 2021.

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

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