Bob Abrahamian

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Bob Abrahamian
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Chicago Soul historian and DJ Bob Abrahamian
Born Robert V. Abrahamian
(1978-09-25)September 25, 1978
Died June 5, 2014(2014-06-05) (aged 35)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Education University of Chicago (B.S. Computer Science and media studies)
Years active 1995-2014
Known for Soul music deejay, archivist, and historian

Bob Abrahamian (September 25, 1978 – June 5, 2014) was a soul music deejay, historian, archivist, and record collector. [1] In addition to hosting a long-running radio show, "Sitting in the Park" on WHPK, he built a personal collection of tens of thousands of significant soul music records, with a focus on the Chicago vocal style known as "sweet soul." He conducted recorded interviews with dozens of musicians, many of whom had fallen into obscurity. He contributed liner notes to archival soul reissues,[2] as well as providing materials and assistance for releases on the Chicago-based Numero Group record label.[3] He graduated from Maine Township High School East in Park Ridge, Illinois and received an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago in computer science and media studies.[4][5] Abrahamian's 2009 interview with Larry Blasingaine resulted in the discovery of the Jackson 5's previously unknown first recording session at Chicago's One-derful Records.[6]

Bob Abrahamian with a long history of clinical depression committed suicide on June 5, 2014


  1. ^ Austen, Jake. "Sweet soul: The generosity and tragedy of soul historian Bob Abrahamian". Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  2. ^ "Bob Abrahamian | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  3. ^ "Various - Eccentric Soul: The Nickel & Penny Labels (CD) at Discogs". 2011-11-22. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  4. ^ Guarino, Mark. "Death of soul music collector, preservationist Bob Abrahamian "devastating to Chicago cultural history"". Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  5. ^ Francisco, Kristina. "Local Radio Host Shares His Love of Soul Music". Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  6. ^ Austen, Jake. "The Jackson Find". Retrieved 2014-06-12. 

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