Bob Boykin

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bob Boykin
Guitarist Bob Boykin
Bob Boykin on Guitar
Background information
Birth nameRobert Boykin
Born(1952-09-24)September 24, 1952
Georgia, U.S.
DiedFebruary 22, 2020(2020-02-22) (aged 67)
Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
GenresRock, Blues, Jazz, Country, R&B
Occupation(s)Guitarist, composer, producer
Years active1969–2020
LabelsCrossroads Int'l Records

Bob Boykin is an American musician, session musician, composer, and producer, best known as a guitarist.


Bob grew up on a farm outside of Savannah, on a dirt road in south Georgia. He began playing music professionally by age 16 in the local clubs in Savannah. Soon after high school he moved to Nashville, where he started working as a studio guitarist and songwriter, working with many of Nashville's top stars in the studio and on the Grand Ole Opry.

He first came to Los Angeles in the mid 80s for a recording session for his first solo CD with many of LA's top studio musicians. A few years later, he returned to LA. It wasn't long before he played on his first television show as a side man, for Marvel Comics Saturday morning cartoon shows and the hit TV series MacGyver. It was during that time he teamed up with Grammy winning Saxophonist Ernie Watts, and produced many collaborative original works, including the Billboard Top Ten song "Language of the Heart" which appears on the Ernie Watts Quartet album. Soon after that he began composing songs and main titles for Columbia Pictures, Sony, Glen Larson at 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers and MGM. His original songs and scores have been heard on hit shows such as Sex and the City, West Wing, The X-Files, Chris Isaak Show, Married People, Fame, Route 66, Married... with Children, Sea Hunt, L.A. Firefighters and Moon Over Miami (with members of the "Tonight Show Band") and feature films like Toy Story, Chicken Run, Red Surf, Keys to Tulsa, Sister Sister, Flypaper, AFI, Women in Film- Steven Spielberg, Down the Barrel, and Take the Lead (starring Antonio Banderas) to name a few. Bob was later hired as the weekly composer and music producer of the #1 ABC weekly prime-time series Married People including composing the main & end titles, produced by Columbia Pictures/Sony.

He has composed for dozens of film and television shows including themes and soundtracks to his recording credit.

His solo CD, Hazardous Material was released in 1997 and featured players from across the music spectrum including Ernie Watts, Abraham Laboriel, Brian Bromberg, Jimmy Earl, Neil Stubenhaus, Jerry Hey, Gary Grant, Bill Reichenbach, Paul Leim, Dave Carpenter, Greg Mathieson, Jimmy Z, Dann Huff, Luis Conte, Joel Taylor, Pat Coil, and others.

A Guitar World magazine review stated "Four Stars – Ain't Too Proud to Shred – Firepower is the key word in this jazz/rock workout. Boykin is a ferocious soloist who segues from bop-style jazz phrases to wailing rock licks with the greatest of ease.”

Vintage Guitar magazine says....."From '70s-style funk, to blues, to killer ballad work and pretty much any jazz style you can think of, Boykin's playing shines."

Guitar International magazine names him "… a "go to" session player in Los Angeles and Nashville, with an impressive body of music that regularly finds its way into top television programs and commercials as well as major motion pictures."[1]


Year Film/Television show Credits Notes
1985 MacGyver Musician Episode: "Pilot"
1986 Tough Guys Musician
1987 Sea Hunt Composer, Additional Music
Sister, Sister Composer, Additional Music
Back to the Beach Musician
1988 Tour of Duty Composer, Additional Music Episode: "Under Siege"
1989 Tennessee Waltz Composer, Additional Music
1990 Married People Composer, Additional Music
Hurricane Sam Composer, Additional Music
1993 Route 66 Composer, Additional Music
1994 Jonathan Stone: Threat of Innocence Composer, Additional Music
1996 Keys to Tulsa Composer, Additional Music/Musician
L.A. Firefighters Composer, Additional Music Episode: "Pilot"
1997 Married... with Children Composer, Additional Music Episode: "Chicago Shoe Exchange"
Oz Composer, Additional Music Episode "Plan B"
1998 Finding Graceland Composer, Additional Music
Sex and the City Composer, Additional Music Episodes: "Sex and the City", "Oh Come All Ye Faithful"
Recoil Composer
1999 Flypaper Composer, Additional Music
Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby Songwriter/Musician
2000 The X-Files Composer, Additional Music Episode: "The Amazing Maleeni"
2001 The Chris Isaak Show Composer, Additional Music Episode: "Lost and Found"
2003 Down the Barrel Composer, Additional Music
2006 Collier & Co Composer, Additional Music
Take the Lead Musician


  1. ^ Guitar International. "Interview with Bob Boykin". Archived from the original on February 28, 2012.

External links[edit]