Camille Bob

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Camille Bob
Also known asLil' Bob, Little Bob
Born(1937-11-07)November 7, 1937
Arnaudville, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedJuly 6, 2015(2015-07-06) (aged 77)
Opelousas, Louisiana, U.S.
GenresRhythm and blues
Occupation(s)Singer, drummer, bandleader
Years active1950s-2000s
LabelsGoldband, Jin, La Louisianne
Associated actsLil' Bob and the Lollipops
Websitehttp://www.lilbobonline.com/

Camille Bob (November 7, 1937 – July 6, 2015), also known as Lil' Bob or Little Bob, was an American rhythm and blues singer and musician who led the dance band Lil' Bob and the Lollipops.[1]

Biography[edit]

He was born in Arnaudville, Louisiana, and started his music career in the mid-1950s as drummer in a band led by the unrelated Good Rockin' Bob. He soon formed his own dance band, The Lollipops, and first recorded for Goldband Records in Lake Charles in 1957.[2]

As a singing drummer, Lil' Bob's band played Louisiana's dance halls and clubs in the 1960s.[3] They recorded for various small local labels during the early and mid-1960s, before beginning a longer relationship with the La Louisianne label in 1965. The band became best known for their 1965 single "I Got Loaded",[4] and the 1966 album Nobody But You.[5][6][7] Many of their 1960s recordings have remained popular on the Northern soul circuit in Britain.[8]

Lil' Bob joined the Jin label in 1968, releasing several singles and an album, Sweet Soul Swinger. From 1971, he recorded as Camille Bob for several local labels.[2] His 1960s recordings for the La Louisianne label were compiled on the CD Little Bob & The Lollipops, issued in 2004.[2] He was still active as a performer in Louisiana in the mid-2000s,[8] but died of cancer in Opelousas General Hospital in 2015, aged 77.[1][4]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Take It Easy Katy" (Goldband, 1958)
  • "You Don't Have To Cry" (Carl, 1962)
  • "Help Me Somebody" (Big Wheel, 1963)
  • "Are You Ever Coming Home" / "Please Believe Me" (High-Up 101, 1963)
  • "Mule Train" / "Please Don't Leave" (Tamm T-2005, 1964)
  • "Nobody But You" / "I Got Loaded" (La Louisianne LL-8067, 1966)
  • "So In Need" / "My Heart's On Fire" (La Louisianne LL-8075, 1966)
  • "Life Can Be Lonely" / "Song For My Father" (La Louisiana LL-8078, 1966)
  • "I Can't Take It" / "The High Road" (La Louisianne LL-8087, 1966)
  • "We're In Love" / "Look Out Mr. Heartaches" (La Louisianne LL-8091, 1967)
  • "Stop" / Soul Woman" (La Louisianne LL-8122, 1969)
  • "I Don't Wanta Cry" / "Who Needs You So Bad" (Jin 45-222, 1969)
  • "You Know It Ain't Right" / "Trouble In Mind" (Jin 45-225, 1969)
  • "Peaches (You Got Love)" / "I Found Someone" (Jin 45-227, 1970)
  • "I Wake Up Crying" / "Got To Get Away" (Whit 6906, 1971)
  • "Brother Brown" / "2 Weeks, 2 Days, Too Long" (Soul Unlimited 102, 1972)
  • "Kill That Roach" / "Harry Hippy" (Master Trak 3010, 1980)

Albums[edit]

  • Nobody But You (La Louisianne, 1966)
  • Sweet Soul Swinger (Jin, 1968)
  • I Got Loaded (La Louisianne, 2004)[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Friends, fans recall R&B legend Lil Bob". The Daily Advertiser. July 7, 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Lil' Bob & The Lollipops". Soulfulkindamusic.net. 1938-11-07. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  3. ^ John Broven (1983). South to Louisiana: The Music of the Cajun Bayous. p. 326. ISBN 978-0882896083. Lil Bob (Camille Bob), Arnaudville, 7 November 1937.
  4. ^ a b "Singer of party classic 'I Got Loaded' dies". Theadvertiser.com. 2015-07-06. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  5. ^ "Camille "Li'l" Bob Appreciation Thread | CHATTY MOUTH : REGGAE, RANTS AND REASONING". Djgreedyg.proboards.com. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  6. ^ "Lil Bob at the Eleventh Annual Ponderosa Stomp - New Orleans - Schedule, Artists, Tickets and Lineup - Stomp #11, Stomp 2013". Knights-maumau.com. 1937-11-10. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  7. ^ Living Blues, 2004, p. 70. "Got Loaded Back in the glory days of southern soul, singing drummer Camille Bob led one of the hottest little dance bands on the Louisiana circuit and made a string of recordings on local labels... Life Can Be Lonely, and The High Road and the upbeat rockers Are You Going My Way and I Can't Take It."
  8. ^ a b "LITTLE BOB : Sir Shambling's Deep Soul Heaven". Sirshambling.com. 1938-11-07. Retrieved 2015-07-10.