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  • Nighthawk Robert - The Robert Nighthawk Collection 1937-52 (2CD) (CD)


    Robert Nighthawk, also known during the early years of his career by the name of Robert Lee McCoy, as well as other pseudonyms like Ramblin Bob and Peeties Boy, was a blues slide guitarist, singer and songwriter whose influence far outweighs the recognition and visibility his recordings have enjoyed in subsequent decades.

    Born in Arkansas, he was an itinerant musician, working in Memphis and St. Louis, before doing his first recordings for Bluebird in 1937 in Chicago, and continued his rambling lifestyle during what was a fitful recording career over the next fifteen years. Having recorded initially for Bluebird with Sonny Boy Williamson I (the original Sonny Boy) as Robert Lee McCoy and Ramblin Bob, he recorded in 1940 for Decca under the name Peeties Boy, and during the late 40s for Aristocrat and its later guise as Chess under the name Robert Nighthawk, taking the name from the best-known title from his first sessions Prowlin Nighthawk. His final recordings during this era were in 1951 and 52 for the United and States labels.

    He was rediscovered during the 60s and enjoyed a brief revival before his death in 1967.

    This great-value 48-track 2-CD set comprises the main body of his significant recorded output under his own names, with noted performers like Speckled Red, Willie Dixon, Ernest Lane, Pinetop Smith and Ransom Knowling featured on his sessions, and is a showcase for the intense bottleneck style he developed as he made the transition from acoustic to electric guitar which charted the way for the likes of Elmore James and others, for whom he was a significant influence.

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