Personalities | Washboard Sam | Thirties | Jazz & Blues

(Washboard, vocals, 1910–66)

Robert Brown was born in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas and was the half-brother of Big Bill Broonzy. He left home to play with street singers in the Memphis area in the mid-1920s. In 1932 he moved to Chicago and teamed up with Sleepy John Estes and Hammie Nixon. He made his recording debut for Bluebird in 1935 and stayed with Bluebird/RCA until 1949; he recorded more than 150 titles, many of which featured Broonzy on guitar.

Styles & Forms | Thirties | Jazz & Blues
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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