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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 (Results 26-50 of 73 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-50 of 73 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Barbecue Bob," accessed February 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110322.

Barbecue Bob. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110322.

"Barbecue Bob." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 February 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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