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Prowling With the Nighthawk

Robert Nighthawk

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Biography

Born: 30 November 1909 in Helena, AR

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

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. Though he recorded from the '30s into the early '40s under a variety of names — Robert Lee McCoy, Rambling Bob, Peetie's Boy — he finally took his lasting sobriquet of Robert Nighthawk from...
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