Bob Geddins

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Robert L. "Bob" Geddins (February 6, 1913 – February 16, 1991)[1] was an American San Francisco Bay Area blues and rhythm and blues musician [2] and record producer. [3]

Geddins was born in Highbank, Texas, United States, a town ten miles south of Marlin, who came to Oakland, California during World War II, and worked there until his death of liver cancer in 1991.[1]

Record labels and artists produced[edit]

From 1948 onwards, he founded and owned numerous small independent record labels, including Art-Tone, Big Town, Cavatone, Down Town, Irma, Plaid, Rhythm, and Veltone.[1] He also leased his recordings to Los Angeles based labels such as Swing Time, Aladdin, Modern, Imperial, and Fantasy, and also to the Chicago operated Checker label. Geddins produced acts including Lowell Fulson, Jimmy McCracklin, Johnny Fuller, Sugar Pie DeSanto and Etta James.[1] A 4-CD box set of 107 selected recordings has been issue by JSP Records under the title The Bob Geddins Blues Legacy.[4]


Many tunes often mistakenly attributed to other artists were either written or co-written by Geddins, e.g. "Tin Pan Alley" (most famously performed by Stevie Ray Vaughan on his album Couldn't Stand the Weather; on Texas Flood as an edited bonus track at almost 7 3/4 minutes long on the remastered version of the album; and as performed live with Johnny Copeland in its entirety at almost 11 1/2 minutes long on one of Vaughan's posthumous live albums from the 1985 Montreux Jazz Festival, Blues at Sunrise (not to be confused with the Albert King album of the same name); plus "Mercury Blues", and "My Time After A While".

Geddins best-known tune is possibly "Haunted House" (originally produced by Geddins, sung by Johnny Fuller, released in 1958 on Specialty 655) which later became a 1964 US#11 hit for Jumpin' Gene Simmons and, subsequently, many other well-known artists.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d Talevski, Nick (2006). Knocking on Heaven's Door: Rock Obituaries. Omnibus Press. p. 202. ISBN 1846090911. 
  2. ^ "Bob Geddins-discography". Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bob Geddins-producer credits". Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  4. ^ The Bob Geddins Blues Legacy , Complied and annotated by Neil Slaven , JSP77122, JSP Records, 2007,.
  5. ^ "Song: Haunted House". Second Hand Songs. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 

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