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Track Listing
CD1:
1. PROWLING NIGHT HAWK Robert Mccoy (Bluebird 6995) 5th May 1937
2. LONESOME WORLD Robert Mccoy (Bluebird 7045) 5th May 1937
3. DON'T MISTREAT YOUR WOMAN Robert Mccoy (Bluebird 7045) 5th May 1937
4. SWEET PEPPER MAMA Robert Mccoy (Bluebird 7090) 5th May 1937
5. G-MAN Robert Mccoy (Bluebird 7090) 5th May 1937
6. TOUGH LUCK Robert Mccoy (Bluebird 7115) 5th May 1937
7. MEAN BLACK CAT Robert Mccoy (Bluebird 7303) 11th Nov. 1937
8. I HAVE SPENT MY BONUS Robert Mccoy (Bluebird 7303) 11th Nov. 1937
9. MAMIE LEE Robert Mccoy (Bluebird 7386) 11th Nov. 1937
10. TAKE IT EASY BABY Robert Mccoy (Bluebird 7386) 11th Nov. 1937
11. BRICKYARD Robert Mccoy (Bluebird 7416) 11th Nov. 1937
12. MY FRIENDS HAVE FORSAKEN ME Robert Mccoy (Bluebird 7416) 11th Nov. 1937
13. C.N.A. Robert Mccoy (Bluebird 7440) 11th Nov. 1937
14. SHE'S GOT WHAT IT TAKES Ramblin' Bob (Bluebird 7987) 18th Dec. 1938
15. BIG APPLE BLUES Ramblin' Bob (Bluebird 7987) 18th Dec. 1938
16. OL' MOSE Ramblin' Bob (Bluebird 8020) 18th Dec. 1938
17. EVERY DAY AND NIGHT Ramblin' Bob (Bluebird 8020) 18th Dec. 1938
18. NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR Robert Mccoy (Bluebird 8059) 18th Dec. 1938
19. GOOD GAMBLING Robert Mccoy (Bluebird 8059) 18th Dec. 1938
20. YOU'RE ALL I'VE GOT TO LIVE FOR Robert Mccoy (Bluebird 8067) 18th Dec. 1938
21. FREIGHT TRAIN BLUES Robert Mccoy (Bluebird 8067) 18th Dec. 1938
22. GONNA KEEP IT FOR MY DADDY Peetie's Boy & Ann Shorter (Decca 7767) 5th June 1940
23. MAMA DON'T ALLOW ME TO STAY OUT ALL NIGHT LONG Peetie's Boy (Decca 7767) 5th June 1940
24. FRIARS POINT BLUES Peetie's Boy (Decca 7819) 5th June 1940

CD2:
1. NEVER LEAVE ME Ann Sortier (Decca 7819) 5th June 1940
2. MY SWEET LOVIN' WOMAN Robert Nighthawk (Chess 1484) 10th Nov. 1948
3. DOWN THE LINE Robert Nighthawk 10th Nov. 1948
4. HANDSOME LOVER Robert Nighthawk 10th Nov. 1948
5. SHE KNOWS HOW TO LOVE A MAN Robert Nighthawk 10th Nov. 1948
6. ANNIE LEE BLUES The Nighthawks (Aristocrat 2301) 12th July 1949
7. BLACK ANGEL BLUES The Nighthawks (Aristocrat 2301) 12th July 1949
8. RETURN MAIL BLUES Robert Nighthawk (Chess 1484) 12th July 1949
9. SUGAR PAPA Robert Nighthawk 12th July 1949
10. SIX THREE O Nighthawks (Aristocrat 413) 5th Jan. 1950
11. JACKSON TOWN GAL Nighthawks (Aristocrat 413) 5th Jan. 1950
12. GOOD NEWS Robert Nighthawk 5th Jan. 1950
13. PRISON BOUND Robert Nighthawk 5th Jan. 1950
14. KANSAS CITY BLUES Robert Nighthawk (United 102) 21th July 1951
15. CRYING WON'T HELP YOU Robert Nighthawk (United 102) 21th July 1951
16. FEEL SO BAD Robert Nighthawk (United 105) 21th July 1951
17. TAKE IT EASY BABY Robert Nighthawk (United 105) 21th July 1951
18. NIGHTHAWK BOOGIE Robert Nighthawk 21th July 1951
19. THE MOON IS RISING Robert Nighthawk (States 131) 25th Oct. 1952
20. MAGGIE CAMPBELL Robert Nighthawk (States 131) 25th Oct. 1952
21. SEVENTY FOUR Robert Nighthawk 25th Oct. 1952
22. BRICKS IN MY PILLOW Robert Nighthawk 25th Oct. 1952
23. US BOOGIE Robert Nighthawk 25th Oct. 1952
24. YOU MISSED A GOOD MAN Robert Nighthawk 25th Oct. 1952
Artist:
Robert Nighthawk
Title:
The Robert Nighthawk Collection 1937-52 (2CD)
Label:
Acrobat
Cat No:
ADDCD3225
Format:
CD
Price £9.99
• 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 Peetie’s 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 Peetie’s 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.

• It’s an excellent 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.
Reviews For The Robert Nighthawk Collection 1937-52 (2CD)
Blues & Rhythm - Neil Slaven
A worthwhile and necessary addition to your collection.
RNR - Morgan Hogarth
Given the age of the recordings, but have retained an impressive clarity. Favourites are plentyful, particularly the Willie Dixon tracks. ***
Blues Rag - Dennis Rozanski
What more could you ask of a collection that offers a two-hour chance to enjoy exactly what the Robert Nighthawk fanclub (BB King, Son Seals etc) would have enjoyed? How cool is that?
UK Vibe - Tim Stenhouse
“The music contained within this anthology is both of its time, and like the greatest of all music, will never date and continue eternally to appeal to curious individuals who are interested in learning more about the human condition. A splendid sixteen page booklet authored by Paul Watts sets the scene as well as anyone could possibly do...”