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Washboard Sam

Robert Clifford Brown (July 15, 1910 – November 6, 1966), known professionally as Washboard Sam, was an American blues musician and singer.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 15th, 1910 (Lawrence County), Died November 6th, 1966 (Chicago)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, composer, washboard, songwriter

Notes: His composer attribution and performances are sometimes credited in Victor ledgers and disc labels as his original name, Robert Brown.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 167 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-85780 10-in. 4/12/1935 Ocean blues Washboard Sam Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars and washboard vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-85781 10-in. 4/12/1935 Y M V blues Washboard Sam Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars and washboard vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-100315 10-in. 4/2/1936 You done tore your playhouse down Washboard Sam's Band Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, washboard  
Victor BS-100316 10-in. 4/2/1936 Don't 'low Washboard Sam's Band Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, washboard  
Victor BS-100940 10-in. 8/5/1936 Give me lovin' Washboard Sam Male vocal solo, with guitar, piano, and washboard vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, washboard  
Victor BS-100941 10-in. 8/5/1936 Crazy about Nancy Jane Washboard Sam Male vocal solo, with guitar, piano, and washboard vocalist, instrumentalist, washboard  
Victor BS-100942 10-in. 8/5/1936 Cherry Hill blues Washboard Sam Male vocal solo, with guitar, piano, and washboard vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, washboard  
Victor BS-100943 10-in. 8/5/1936 Levee blues Washboard Sam Male vocal solo, with guitar, piano, and washboard vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, washboard  
Victor BS-01882 10-in. 12/21/1936 I love all my women Washboard Sam Male vocal solo, with washboard band vocalist, instrumentalist, washboard, composer  
Victor BS-01883 10-in. 12/21/1936 Out with the wrong woman Washboard Sam Male vocal solo, with washboard band vocalist, instrumentalist, washboard, composer  
Victor BS-01884 10-in. 12/21/1936 Come on in Washboard Sam Male vocal solo, with washboard band vocalist, instrumentalist, washboard, composer  
Victor BS-01885 10-in. 12/21/1936 Big woman Washboard Sam Male vocal solo, with washboard band vocalist, instrumentalist, washboard, composer  
Victor BS-01886 10-in. 12/21/1936 Nashville, Tennessee Washboard Sam Male vocal solo, with washboard band vocalist, instrumentalist, washboard, composer  
Victor BS-01887 10-in. 12/21/1936 Razor cuttin' man Washboard Sam Male vocal solo, with washboard band vocalist, instrumentalist, washboard, composer  
Victor BS-07614 10-in. 5/4/1937 Easy ridin' mama Washboard Band (Washboard Sam) ; Washboard Sam Washboard band, with male vocal solo vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-07615 10-in. 5/4/1937 The big boat Washboard Band (Washboard Sam) ; Washboard Sam Washboard band, with male vocal solo vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-07616 10-in. 5/4/1937 Back door Washboard Band (Washboard Sam) ; Washboard Sam Washboard band, with male vocal solo vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-07617 10-in. 5/4/1937 We gonna move Washboard Band (Washboard Sam) ; Washboard Sam Washboard band, with male vocal solo vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-07618 10-in. 5/4/1937 Low down woman Washboard Band (Washboard Sam) Washboard band, with male vocal solo vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-07619 10-in. 5/4/1937 I drink good whiskey Washboard Band (Washboard Sam) Washboard band, with male vocal solo vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-07620 10-in. 5/4/1937 Lowland blues Washboard Band (Washboard Sam) ; Washboard Sam Washboard band, with male vocal solo vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-07621 10-in. 5/4/1937 I'm on my way blues Washboard Band (Washboard Sam) ; Washboard Sam Washboard band, with male vocal solo vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-016500 10-in. 11/11/1937 Washboard's barrel house song Washboard Band (Washboard Sam) Male vocal solo, with washboard band vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-016501 10-in. 11/11/1937 Want to woogie some more Washboard Band (Washboard Sam) Male vocal solo, with washboard band vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-016502 10-in. 11/11/1937 Ladies' man Washboard Band (Washboard Sam) Male vocal solo, with washboard band vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 167 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Washboard Sam," accessed November 27, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109384.

Washboard Sam. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 27, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109384.

"Washboard Sam." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 27 November 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109384

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