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Barbecue Bob

Robert Hicks, better known as Barbecue Bob (September 11, 1902 – October 21, 1931), was an early American Piedmont blues musician. His nickname was derived from his working as a cook in a barbecue restaurant. One of the two extant photographs of him show him playing a guitar and wearing a full-length white apron and cook's hat.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 11, 1902 (Georgia), Died October 21, 1931 (Lithonia)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, guitar, composer, trumpet, songwriter

Notes: Original name: Robert Hicks. Brother of Charley Hicks (also known as Charley Lincoln, or Laughing Charley).

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 74 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-102686 10-in. 6/18/1936 To my levee home Jimmie Gunn Orchestra ; David Pugh Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Victor PBS-061334 10-in. 7/1/1941 Chant of the groove Fats Waller, his Rhythm and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W143757 10-in. 3/25/1927 Barbecue blues Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W143758 10-in. 3/25/1927 Cloudy sky blues Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W144277 10-in. 6/15/1927 Mississippi heavy water blues Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W144278 10-in. 6/15/1927 Mamma you don't suit me! Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W144279 10-in. 6/15/1927 Brown-skin gal Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W144280 10-in. 6/15/1927 Honey, you don't know my mind Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W144281 10-in. 6/16/1927 Poor boy a long ways from home Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W144282 10-in. 6/16/1927 When the saints go marching in Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W144283 10-in. 6/16/1927 Jesus' blood can make me whole Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W144284 10-in. 6/16/1927 Easy rider don't you deny my name Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W145132 10-in. 11/5/1927 Thinkin' funny blues Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W145133 10-in. 11/5/1927 My mistake blues Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W145134 10-in. 11/5/1927 Motherless chile blues Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Columbia W145135 10-in. 11/5/1927 How long pretty mama Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo, 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  
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, composer  
Columbia W145198 10-in. 11/10/1927 Crooked woman blues Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W145199 10-in. 11/10/1927 'Fo day creep Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W146050 10-in. 4/13/1928 Blind pig blues Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W146051 10-in. 4/13/1928 Waycross Georgia blues Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W146052 10-in. 4/13/1928 Goin' up the country Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W146053 10-in. 4/13/1928 Wild geese blues Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W146054 10-in. 4/13/1928 Chocolate to the bone Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 1-25 of 74 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Barbecue Bob," accessed August 15, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110322.

Barbecue Bob. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 15, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110322.

"Barbecue Bob." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 15 August 2022.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110322

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