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Robert Nighthawk

Of all pivotal numbers in blues history, one among the main was Robert Nighthawk. He bridged the space between Delta and Chicago blues easily, taking his slip cues from Tampa Crimson and stamping them with a Mississippi advantage learned first hands from his cousin, Houston Stackhouse. Though he documented from …

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Robert Lee McCoy

Given birth to Robert Lee McCollum on November 30, 1909 in Helena, Arkansas, the person who later on became referred to as Robert Nighthawk was a busking musician in early stages, journeying through Mississippi and settling for a while in Memphis, Tennessee, where he used several local music artists and …

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