Tonight we will explore the career and music of a rather uniquely named player, Barbeque Bob. Born in Georgia 1902, as Robert Hicks, Bob only lived for 29 years, dying of tuberculosis and pneumonia, brought on by influenza, in 1931 at the age of 29. He got his nickname, not surprisingly, as he was a cook in a barbeque restaurant.
Although his life was short, his recording was prolific. He recorded 68 sides from 1927 until his death. His first record, “Barbeque Blues” sold 15,000 copies and was Columbia Records biggest selling record up to that time.
The following song is what brought to the top of the pack. This song “Mississippi Heavy Water Blues” was recorded in New York a few months after Barbeque Blues.
Mississippi Heavy Water Blues
I was not able to find to many of his tunes covered by others. I did find this though, a great version by Eric Clapton.
Bob also recorded a few songs with The Georgia Cotton Pickers. These were to be the last songs recorded by him prior to his death. I will be doing a post on this group next week, so I will pick up the story then.