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 8, 1927 (Oklahoma), Died November 11, 2013 (Hermitage)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1958 - 1964
Roles Represented in DAHR: performer
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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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Beckham, Bob," accessed May 17, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/303607.
Beckham, Bob. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 17, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/303607.
"Beckham, Bob." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 17 May 2022.
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