Today: The late Robert Nighthawk was born in 1909 – 103 years ago



Of all the pivotal figures in blues history, certainly one of the most important was Robert Nighthawk. He bridged the gap between Delta and Chicago blues effortlessly, taking his slide cues from Tampa Red and stamping them with a Mississippi edge learned first hand from his cousin, Houston Stackhouse.
~Cub Koda (


Anna Lee:

From Wikipedia:

Birth name Robert Lee McCollum
Also known as Robert Lee McCoy
Robert Nighthawk
Born November 30, 1909
Helena, Arkansas, United States
Died November 5, 1967 (aged 57)
Helena, Arkansas, United States
Genres Blues
Occupations Musician
Instruments Vocals, slide guitar,harmonica
Labels Victor Records
Aristocrat Records
Chess Records
United Records
States Records
Associated acts Memphis Jug Band

Robert Lee

 Return Mail Blues:

Nighthawk was honored by the Mississippi Blues Commission places a historic marker in Friars Point, Mississippi, marking his position on the Mississippi Blues Trail.

Album of the day:

Prowling with the Nighthawk (2005):

….So while the sound quality jumps around a bit (and this is the best most of this material has ever sounded), the variety of material from different times ultimately makes for a better listen than presenting each session in order. Once you’ve heard Nighthawk’s mature slide style, there’s no mistaking it for anyone else, and it’s quite interesting to trace his development as a player over time, from the acoustic forays of the ’30s to the fantastic electrified solo on “Return Mail Blues” in the late ’40s. Despite his lack of name recognition,Robert Nighthawk was one of the greats, and Prowling With the Nighthawk is a great collection of some truly vital material.
~Sean Westergaard (

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