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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 three 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 51-74 of 74 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W150269 10-in. 4/17/1930 Yo-yo blues no. 2 Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W150270 10-in. 4/17/1930 She shook her gin Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W150273 10-in. 4/17/1930 We sure got hard times now Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W150274 10-in. 4/17/1930 Twistin' that stuff Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
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 instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W151052 10-in. 12/5/1930 It just won't quit Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W151053 10-in. 12/5/1930 You've got to reap what you sow Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W151054 10-in. 12/5/1930 Atlanta moan Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W151055 10-in. 12/5/1930 New mojo blues Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W151056 10-in. 12/5/1930 Doin' the scraunch Barbecue Bob Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
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  
(Results 51-74 of 74 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Barbecue Bob," accessed June 15, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110322.

Barbecue Bob. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 15, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110322.

"Barbecue Bob." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 15 June 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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