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Smoky Babe


Robert Dark brown aka Smoky Babe is really a shadowy physique from the first times of the ’60s folk-blues revival. The scant information on his existence read just like a prototypical nation bluesman’s bio; given birth to in Itta Bena, MS, in 1927, elevated on the plantation, had a difficult existence of sharecropping, found the guitar on the way, spent many years hoboing through the entire South, relocated to the best city and discovered existence no better presently there. He apparently just worked sporadically like a semi-pro musician for any spell in New Orleans within the ’50s, time for his adopted house bottom of Scotlandville to are a garage area mechanic during his breakthrough. His brief documenting career was limited by a set of album-length produces documented as “in the field” area periods in 1960 and 1961 for the Folk Lyric and Bluesville brands. His few recordings screen a solid rhythmic feeling in his electric guitar playing with a solid thumping bass series with the casual foray into glide electric guitar. His vocals had been nothing significantly less than wealthy, solid and authoritative. Over time of playing at picnics and regional parties for close friends around Baton Rouge in the first ’60s, he apparently disappeared, to never be observed or noticed from once again. His loss of life in 1975 still continues to be unconfirmed during this writing.

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Full Name Smoky Babe
Died June 20, 1975, Louisiana, United States
Profession Singer
Music Songs Bad Whiskey, Hottest Brand Goin', Rabbit Blues, Way Back in the Country Blues, Black Ghost, Locomotive Blues, Ain't Got No Rabbit Dog, I'm Broke and I'm Hungry, Now Your Man Done Gone, My Baby She Told Me, Too Many Women, My Baby Put Me Down, Going Back Home, Backyard Boogie, Long Way from Home, Something Wrong With My Machine, Two Wings, Insect Blues, Melvanie Blues, Cold, Cold Snow, I'm Goin' Back to Mississippi, Boogy Woogy Rag, Ocean Blues, Regular Blues, Coon Hunt, Going Downtown Boogie, Black Gal, Chicago Bound, Diggin' My Potatoes, Shake, Shake Mattie, Boogie Gal, I'm Wild About You, Black Gal
Albums Hot Blues, Way Back in the Country Blues, '61 Essential Blues Masters, Louisiana Country Blues

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1 Served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1946 - 48.
2 His last performance was as Willie Loman in Death of A Salesman at the Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, South Carolina, just a few months before his death in 1991.
3 He was handed a film career out of nowhere by James Cagney, who took a liking to the baby-faced kid and gave him co-starring roles in a couple of his rugged features, with little prior experience.



A Death in California 1985 TV Mini-Series Rev. Pruitt
The Fix 1985 Sheriff Bower
Murder, She Wrote 1985 TV Series Dr. Charmichael
Highway to Heaven 1985 TV Series Don Weston
CBS Schoolbreak Special 1984 TV Series Mr. Peterson
Hotel 1984 TV Series Jim Mitchell
Knots Landing 1983 TV Series Doctor
Whiz Kids 1983 TV Series
Simon & Simon 1983 TV Series Philip Bloom
Trapper John, M.D. 1983 TV Series Mr. Williams
Mork & Mindy 1982 TV Series Secretary General
Capitol 1982 TV Series Minister (1984)
Death Wish II 1982 Mike
Little House on the Prairie 1977-1981 TV Series Master Hayes / Jim Bowers
Eight Is Enough 1981 TV Series Allen
The Incredible Hulk 1979 TV Series Sgt. Murkland
Barnaby Jones 1973-1978 TV Series Frank Auburn / Sheriff Mason / Bill Hummel / ...
Police Story 1978 TV Series Farley
Fantasy Island 1978 TV Series Dr. Sidney Block
Project U.F.O. 1978 TV Series Charles Hamlin
The Rockford Files 1978 TV Series Agent Frazee
The Six Million Dollar Man 1977 TV Series Zack Meesham
Movin' On 1975 TV Series Bevo
Mobile One 1975 TV Series Ed Matthews
Run, Joe, Run 1975 TV Series Jarvis
Petrocelli 1975 TV Series Joseph Bear
The Rookies 1973-1974 TV Series Officer Louden / Photographer
Cannon 1974 TV Series Harry Fryer
The Manhunter 1974 TV Series Deputy
The New Land 1974 TV Series
The Wide World of Mystery 1974 TV Series Sanford 'Sandy' Bates
Firehouse 1974 TV Series Mills
This Is the Life 1974 TV Series Pastor Clark
Outrage 1973 TV Movie Mr. Werner
Kung Fu 1973 TV Series Meador
Adam-12 1973 TV Series Officer Steve Tyson
Search 1972 TV Series Neil Corbett
The Hoax 1972 Sergeant O'Roherty
Banacek 1972 TV Series Sheriff Jessup
Cade's County 1972 TV Series Garr Bryan
Mod Squad 1970-1972 TV Series Leonard Gault / Teddy Capp
Medical Center 1971 TV Series Parker
Run, Simon, Run 1970 TV Movie Freddie Tomb
Mannix 1970 TV Series Chris Allison
Dan August 1970 TV Series Arnold Cane
I Dream of Jeannie 1965-1970 TV Series Commander Jay Russell / Lt. Pete Conway, USNR
Then Came Bronson 1970 TV Series Deputy Sheriff Al
Dragnet 1967 1967-1969 TV Series Thomas Shore / Bob Buesing / Billy Catcher / ...
The Learning Tree 1969 Harley Davis, Defense Attorney
The Illustrated Man 1969 Pickard
The Guns of Will Sonnett 1969 TV Series Burt Damon
Insight 1969 TV Series Bill
My Friend Tony 1969 TV Series
The F.B.I. 1966-1969 TV Series Al, the Gas Station Owner / McKinney / Joel Polk
The Big Valley 1968 TV Series Grady Shanks
Peyton Place 1968 TV Series William Kennerly, Jr.
The Invaders 1967 TV Series Wesley J. Sanders
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1967 TV Series C.P.O. Beach
Gunfight in Abilene 1967 Sprague
The Fugitive 1964-1966 TV Series McCaffrey / Horton
The Road West 1966 TV Series Wesley
Perry Mason 1961-1966 TV Series Deputy D.A. Vincent Asst. D.A. Bill Vincent Deputy D.A. Bill Vincent ...
12 O'Clock High 1966 TV Series Lieutenant McKennon
The Virginian 1965 TV Series Albi
Run for Your Life 1965 TV Series Robin Fielding
Kraft Suspense Theatre 1964 TV Series Corporal Shale
Petticoat Junction 1964 TV Series Smokey Harner
The Great Adventure 1964 TV Series Jason Chiles
Gunsmoke 1959-1964 TV Series Rolly Wendt / Orkey / Ed Potts / ...
Postmark: Jim Fletcher 1963 TV Movie
The Prize 1963 Ivar Cramer
The Lloyd Bridges Show 1963 TV Series Jerry
77 Sunset Strip 1963 TV Series Pete Rix
G.E. True 1963 TV Series Tom
Route 66 1963 TV Series Mattie Hawkes
Checkmate 1962 TV Series Paul McGill
Dr. Kildare 1962 TV Series Roy Tyler
Adventures in Paradise 1961 TV Series Big Ed Brody
National Velvet 1961 TV Series Willoughby
Stagecoach West 1961 TV Series Ken Rawlins
Zane Grey Theater 1961 TV Series Lt. William Homeyer
Dan Raven 1960 TV Series Mike
The Rifleman 1960 TV Series Ben Perry
Bonanza 1960 TV Series Todd McCarren
Wanted: Dead or Alive 1960 TV Series Randy Holleran
Law of the Plainsman 1960 TV Series Mite Rankin
Johnny Ringo 1960 TV Series Harley Crale
Overland Trail 1960 TV Series Man
The Twilight Zone 1960 TV Series Peter Kirby
Hawaiian Eye 1960 TV Series Jack Earl
The Alaskans 1960 TV Series Grant
Wichita Town 1959 TV Series Petey McGlasson
Playhouse 90 1959 TV Series Bluey
M Squad 1959 TV Series Stick Wilson
Men Into Space 1959 TV Series Lt. Bill Smith
Rawhide 1959 TV Series Billy Carter
One Step Beyond 1959 TV Series First Mate Walter Blake
Sugarfoot 1959 TV Series Sid Garnin / Vic Bradley
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1959 TV Series Philip Pryor
The Millionaire 1959 TV Series John Rackham
From the Earth to the Moon 1958 Ben Sharpe
Enchanted Island 1958 Tom
Shirley Temple's Storybook 1958 TV Series Prince Peter
The Court of Last Resort 1957-1958 TV Series James Dawson
Climax! 1957 TV Series Chris Barker
Kraft Theatre 1953-1957 TV Series Ed
The D.I. 1957 Pvt. Owens
These Wilder Years 1956 Mark
Tribute to a Bad Man 1956 Steve Miller
Star Tonight 1955 TV Series
Robert Montgomery Presents 1954 TV Series Luke
The Caine Mutiny 1954 Seaman 1st Class Urban (uncredited)
Goodyear Playhouse 1954 TV Series
The Mask 1954 TV Series
Danger 1953 TV Series
From Here to Eternity 1953 Pvt. Friday Clark - Bugler (uncredited)
The Doctor 1953 TV Series Bruce
Separate But Equal 1991 TV Mini-Series
Dynasty 1982-1988 TV Series Dr. Louden / Martin Gaines
Hunter 1987 TV Series John
Starman 1987 TV Series Frank Radin
Stingray 1986 TV Series David Dearborn



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