Bob Beckham

Robert Joseph Beckham (July 8, 1927 – November 11, 2013) was an American country music publisher based in Nashville, who mentored generations of songwriters as head of Combine Music Publishing from 1964 to 1989. He played a pivotal role in the career of Kris Kristofferson and guided other artists including Dolly Parton, Larry Gatlin, Tony Joe White and Billy Swan.

As a young man, he had stint of acting in motion pictures in Hollywood and he himself became a recording artist with some fleeting success — but Beckham turned to music publishing in 1961 as his primary career. In the 1970s, Beckham became a major power on Music Row, and nurtured many great songwriters who wrote classic hits like "Me and Bobby McGee" and "Sunday Morning Coming Down" (Kris Kristofferson), and Elvis Presley's "Burning Love" (Dennis Linde). Beckham was a gruff but supportive father figure to his staff songwriters, whom he truly loved. He was given the Mentor Award by the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Nashville Entertainment Association presented him with its Master Award in 1988 and he received the Pioneer Award by the Academy of Country Music in 2014. Beckham died in 2013 in a Nashville hospital at age 86.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 8th, 1927 (Oklahoma), Died November 11th, 2013 (Hermitage)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1958 - 1964

Roles Represented in DAHR: performer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 47 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 10113 1/30/1958 I'm tired of everyone but you Bob Beckham performer  
Decca NA 10114 1/30/1958 Tomorrow Bob Beckham performer  
Decca NA 10590 1/29/1959 Your sweet love Bob Beckham performer  
Decca NA 10591 1/29/1959 Just as much as ever Bob Beckham performer  
Decca NA 10889 11/2/1959 You'll never know Bob Beckham performer  
Decca NA 10890 11/2/1959 Together Bob Beckham performer  
Decca NA 10891 11/2/1959 September in the rain Bob Beckham performer  
Decca NA 10892 11/3/1959 Crazy arms Bob Beckham performer  
Decca NA 10893 11/3/1959 To each his own Bob Beckham performer  
Decca NA 10894 11/3/1959 Thinking of you Bob Beckham performer  
Decca NA 10895 11/4/1959 Blue prelude Bob Beckham performer  
Decca NA 10896 11/4/1959 Beloved Bob Beckham performer  
Decca NA 10897 11/4/1959 Where or when Bob Beckham performer  
Decca NA 10898 11/4/1959 When I fall in love Bob Beckham performer  
Decca NA 10899 11/5/1959 Meet me halfway Bob Beckham performer  
Decca NA 10900 11/5/1959 Only the broken hearted Bob Beckham performer  
Decca NA 10901 11/5/1959 Two wrongs don't make a right Bob Beckham performer  
Decca NA 11061 3/29/1960 I don't care Bob Beckham performer  
Decca NA 11062 3/29/1960 One more time Bob Beckham performer  
Decca NA 11063 3/29/1960 Only the broken hearted Bob Beckham performer  
Decca NA 11068 3/30/1960 Mais oui Bob Beckham performer  
Decca NA 11069 3/30/1960 Nothing is forever Bob Beckham performer  
Decca NA 11070 3/30/1960 Meet me halfway Bob Beckham performer  
Decca NA 11071 3/30/1960 Forget it Bob Beckham performer  
Decca NA 11385 1/7/1961 Without your love Bob Beckham performer  
(Results 1-25 of 47 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Beckham, Bob," accessed December 5, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/303607.

Beckham, Bob. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 5, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/303607.

"Beckham, Bob." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 5 December 2020.

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