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Washboard Sam, 1910-1966


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  • Variants

    • Brown, Robert, 1910-1966
    • Ham Gravy, 1910-1966
    • Shufflin' Sam, 1910-1966
  • Additional Information

    • Birth Date

        (edtf) 1910-07-15
    • Death Date

        (edtf) 1966-11-13
    • Birth Place

        (naf) Walnut Ridge (Ark.)
    • Death Place

        (naf) Chicago (Ill.)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) Chicago (Ill.)
    • Gender

    • Field of Activity

    • Occupation

        Washboard players
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    • Sources

      • found: His Feeling low down [SR] c1971:labels (Washboard Sam (Robert Brown), vocals, washboard)
      • found: Harris, S. Blues ww(Brown, Robert (aka: Ham Gravy, Shufflin' Sam, Washboard Sam); b. 7-15-10, Walnut Ridge, Lawrence Co, AR, d. 11-13-66, Chicago; washboard player; not to be confused with Robert Brown (Smoky Babe) or Clarence Todd (Shufflin' Sam) or Albert Johnson (Washboard Sam))
      • found: Eagle, Bob. Blues, ©2013:page 241 (Washboard Sam (Robert Clifford Brown); singer, washboard player, songwriter; born July 15, 1903, Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee; died November 13, 1966, Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Illinois; 1903 given as date of birth on Social Security card; death certificate reads 1904)
      • found: Find-a-grave WWW site, May 22, 2018(Robert "Washboard Sam" Brown; born July 15, 1910, Walnut Ridge, Lawrence County, Arkansas; died November 13, 1966, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois; supposed half-brother of the blues singer/guitarist, Big Bill Broonzy; after living in Memphis, he moved to Chicago, Illinois in the 1930s and recorded for the Vocalion Record label until the early 1940s; continued playing in the Chicago area during the 1950s and 1960s, recording for the Chess, Victor, and Spivey Record labels until his death from heart disease at the age of 56; dates on gravestone: 1910-1966)
      • found: Encyclopedia of popular music, accessed online via Oxford reference, May 22, 2018(Brown, Robert; born July 15, 1910, Walnut Ridge, Arkansas; died November 13, 1966, Chicago, Illinois; used numerous pseudonyms including "Washboard Sam", "Ham Gravy", and "Shufflin Sam"; singer, washboard player; not to be confused with country blues guitarist/vocalist Robert "Smoky Babe" Brown)
    • Change Notes

      • 1992-09-08: new
      • 2018-05-23: revised
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