Charley Lincoln

Charley Lincoln (born Charlie Hicks, Jr., March 11, 1900 – September 28, 1963), also known as Laughing Charley, was an early American country blues musician. He often recorded with his brother Robert Hicks, who was billed as Barbecue Bob.

Hicks was born in Lithonia, Georgia. In his teens he was taught to play the guitar by Savannah Weaver, the mother of Curley Weaver, and performed in the Lithonia area until 1920. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and worked outside the field of music, occasionally performing with his brother. He recorded with his brother for Columbia Records from 1927 to 1930. An example is the duet "It Won't Be Long Now", with crosstalk, which the brothers recorded in Atlanta on November 5, 1927.

After Robert's early death in 1931, Charley continued to perform into the 1950s, as Charley Lincoln. From 1955 to 1963 he was imprisoned for murder in Cairo, Georgia, where he became a prisoner trustee. He died there of a cerebral hemorrhage on September 28, 1963.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 11th, 1900 (Georgia), Died September 28th, 1963 (Cairo)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, guitar, composer

Notes: Listed on some Columbia labels as Charlie Lincoln; original name: Charlie Hicks.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W145103 10-in. 11/4/1927 Jealous hearted blues Charley Lincoln Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W145104 10-in. 11/4/1927 Hard luck blues Charley Lincoln Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W145105 10-in. 11/4/1927 Mojoe blues Charley Lincoln Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W145106 10-in. 11/4/1927 My wife drove me from my door Charley Lincoln Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W145107 10-in. 11/4/1927 Country breakdown Charley Lincoln Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W145108 10-in. 11/4/1927 Chain gang trouble Charley Lincoln Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W145192 10-in. 11/9/1927 It won't be long now Barbecue Bob ; Laughing Charley Male vocal duet ("blues singers"), with talking and 2 guitars vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W145193 10-in. 11/9/1927 It won't be long now Barbecue Bob ; Laughing Charley Male vocal duet ("blues singers"), with talking and 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Columbia W146016 10-in. 4/11/1928 If it looks like jelly, shakes like jelly, it must be gelatine Charley Lincoln Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W146017 10-in. 4/11/1928 He-she blues Charley Lincoln Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W146018 10-in. 4/11/1928 Bitin' crab blues Charley Lincoln Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W146019 10-in. 4/11/1928 Ugly papa Charley Lincoln Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W147354 10-in. 10/30/1928 Depot blues Charley Lincoln Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W147355 10-in. 10/30/1928 Gamblin' Charley Charley Lincoln Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W150275 10-in. 4/18/1930 Doodle hole blues Charley Lincoln Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W150276 10-in. 4/18/1930 Mama don't rush me Charley Lincoln Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W150374 10-in. 4/23/1930 Darktown gamblin' Charlie Hicks ; Robert Hicks Male vocal duet, with guitar and talking vocalist  
Columbia W150375 10-in. 4/23/1930 Darktown gamblin' Charlie Hicks ; Robert Hicks Male vocal duet, with guitar and talking vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lincoln, Charley," accessed August 11, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106344.

Lincoln, Charley. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 11, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106344.

"Lincoln, Charley." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 11 August 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106344

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