Personalities | Rev. Robert Wilkins | Twenties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocals, guitar, 1896–1987)

Mississippi-born Robert Wilkins’ blues style, as evidenced on records he made for Victor, Brunswick and Vocalion from 1928–35, featured vivid lyric imagery couched in asymmetrical verses, laid over rudimentary strumming. After being ordained in the 1930s, Wilkins quit the blues for religious music. ‘Prodigal Son’ on the Rolling StonesBeggars Banquet (1968) was a cover of Wilkins’ ‘That’s No Way To Get Along’ – ironically, a blues that the Stones recast in a more biblical light.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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