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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 11th, 1902 (Georgia), Died October 21st, 1931 (Lithonia)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1942

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

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

Recordings

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  
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  
Columbia W146055 10-in. 4/13/1928 Hurry and bring it back home Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet vocalist  
Columbia W146172 10-in. 4/21/1928 Mississippi low-levee blues Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Columbia W146173 10-in. 4/21/1928 Ease it to me blues Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W147306 10-in. 10/26/1928 She's gone blues Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W147307 10-in. 10/26/1928 Cold wave blues Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W147320 10-in. 10/27/1928 Beggin' for love Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W147321 10-in. 10/27/1928 Bad time blues Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W147385 10-in. 11/2/1928 Meat man Pete Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W147386 10-in. 11/2/1928 Dollar down blues Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W148251 10-in. 4/11/1929 It just won't hay Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W148252 10-in. 4/11/1929 It's just too bad Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W148253 10-in. 4/11/1929 Good time rounder Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W148342 10-in. 4/17/1929 Honey your going too fast Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W148343 10-in. 4/17/1929 Red hot mama—papa's going to cool you off Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W148358 10-in. 4/18/1929 California blues Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W148359 10-in. 4/18/1929 It's a funny little thing Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W148360 10-in. 4/18/1929 Black skunk blues Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W149320 10-in. 10/31/1929 Ain't it the truth? Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W149321 10-in. 10/31/1929 Yo yo blues Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W149344 10-in. 11/3/1929 Trouble done bore me down Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W149345 10-in. 11/3/1929 Freeze to me mama Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W149346 10-in. 11/3/1929 Me and my whisky Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W149347 10-in. 11/3/1929 [Unknown title(s)] Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W149397 10-in. 11/6/1929 She moves it just right Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W149398 10-in. 11/6/1929 Tellin' it to you Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W150269 10-in. 4/17/1930 Yo-yo blues no. 2 Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W150270 10-in. 4/17/1930 She shook her gin Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W150273 10-in. 4/17/1930 We sure got hard times now Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W150274 10-in. 4/17/1930 Twistin' that stuff Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W150364 10-in. 4/23/1930 Monkey and the baboon Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W150365 10-in. 4/23/1930 The spider and the fly Barbecue Bob 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  
Columbia W151051 10-in. 12/5/1930 Jambooger blues Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W151052 10-in. 12/5/1930 It just won't quit Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W151053 10-in. 12/5/1930 You've got to reap what you sow Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W151054 10-in. 12/5/1930 Atlanta moan Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W151055 10-in. 12/5/1930 New mojo blues Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W151056 10-in. 12/5/1930 Doin' the scraunch Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W151086 10-in. 12/7/1930 I'm on my way down home Georgia Cotton Pickers Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars and harmonica instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W151087 10-in. 12/7/1930 Diddle-da-diddle Georgia Cotton Pickers Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars and harmonica instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W151105 10-in. 12/8/1930 She looks so good Georgia Cotton Pickers Male vocal solo and male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and harmonica instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W151106 10-in. 12/8/1930 She's coming back some cold rainy day Georgia Cotton Pickers Male vocal solo, with guitar and harmonica vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 70258 10-in. 1/29/1942 Delta lane blues Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 70259 10-in. 1/29/1942 Fill up Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 70260 10-in. 1/29/1942 Ride on Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 70261 10-in. 1/29/1942 Because I love my Daddy so Nora Lee King instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71197 10-in. 7/25/1942 C.O.D. Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71198 10-in. 7/25/1942 Hey man, hey man Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Barbecue Bob," accessed March 3, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110322.

Barbecue Bob. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 3, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110322.

"Barbecue Bob." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 3 March 2021.

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

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