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Who Was Black Bob ?

Posted in - Biography on May 9th 2013 5 Comments Black Bob Hudson

I’m very proud to publish three excerpts from Blues Unlimited magazine focusing on Black Bob, an obscure but very talented pianist in Chicago during the late 20’s and 30’s.
I’d like to thank Mr. Alan Balfour sincerely for his valuable work providing these excerpts from his documents collection.

Take It Easy Greasy
(Lil Johnson,vcl w/ Black Bob, piano – Chicago 17 Dec 1935 – C1251-1-ARC 6-05-52)
Transcription from original recording – Copyright 2013 By N. Bello (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved
(Recorded with Pianoteq 4.5.1 – D4 Vintage)

You Can’t Bet On Love
(Lil Johnson, vcl w/ Black Bob Hudson, piano – Chicago Feb 12 1936 – Vocalion 03483)
Transcription from original recording – Copyright 2013 By P. Fornara. All Rights Reserved
(Recorded with Pianoteq 4.5.1 – D4 Jazz Recording AB)

Winner Joe
(Lil Johnson, vcl w/ Black Bob Hudson, piano – Chicago Feb 12 1936 – Vocalion 03604)
Transcription from original recording – Copyright 2013 By P. Fornara. All Rights Reserved
(Recorded with Pianoteq 4.5.1 – D4 Jazz Recording AB)

Who was Black Bob ? – from Blues Unlimited 130 May/Aug 1978

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from Blues Unlimited 134 Mar/Jun 1979

from Blues Unlimited 148/149 Winter 1987

As of now (5) people have had something to say...

  • Alfa Viaroplos - Reply

    October 8, 2014 at 3:28 am

    Thank you for the great transcription, recordings and the articles.

    It there’s ANYONE alive who can play like Black Bob Husdon, I’d just love to listen to you,

    I am dying to listen to you, so please post your youtube link here. Please!!!!!!! Thank you.

  • Echo - Reply

    February 16, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    So is Black Bob still a mystery man?

    • admin - Reply

      February 16, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      Sadly yes dear friend.

      – Paolo Fornara

  • Echo - Reply

    February 18, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Too bad. I am interested in the connection between ragtime piano and blues. Black Bob was only pianist I knew who had clear influence of ragtime piano. Any other?

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