Smoky Babe

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Smoky Babe
Birth name Robert Brown
Born 1927
Itta Bena, Mississippi, United States
Died June 20, 1975
Genres Louisiana blues, Piedmont blues
Occupation(s) Guitarist, singer, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1960s

Smoky Babe (1927 – June 20, 1975)[1] was an American acoustic blues guitarist and singer. He is variously described as a Louisiana blues, Piedmont blues and blues revival musician, whose recording career was restricted to a couple of recording sessions in the early 1960s.[2] His most noteworthy recordings were "Going Downtown Boogie," and "Ain't Got No Rabbit Dog."[1]


He was born Robert Brown, in Itta Bena, Mississippi, United States.[1] Smoky Babe was recorded by Harry Oster of Louisiana State University in 1960 and 1961,[3][4] and the results were released by the Folk Lyric, Bluesville and Storyville labels.[5]

Outside of his recordings little is known of his life. The definite circumstances concerning his demise in June 1975 are also unclear.[2]

His song, "Boogy," was included on the compilation album, Blues Roots: Give Me The Blues (1979);[6] whilst "Hottest Brand Goin'" and "Locomotive Blues" appeared on the 1998 collection, The Bluesville Years, Vol. 9: Down the Country Way.[7]


  • Smoky Babe and his Friends: Hot Blues (1961) – Folk-Lyric, 77 Records, Arhoolie
  • Hottest Brand Goin (1961) – Bluesville
  • Smoky Babe, Herman E. Johnson: Louisiana Country Blues (1997 ) – Arhoolie [5]
  • Smoky Babe: Way Back In The Country Blues (2014) – Arhoolie

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Doc Rock. "The 1970s". The Dead Rock Stars Club. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  2. ^ a b Cub Koda. "Smoky Babe | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  3. ^ Broven, John (1992). South to Louisiana (3rd ed.). Louisiana: Pelican Publishing Company. p. 117. ISBN 1-55553-355-8. 
  4. ^ "Big Road Blues – Part 2". Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  5. ^ a b Stefan Wirz. "Illustrated Smoky Babe discography". Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  6. ^ Stefan Wirz. "Illustrated Jim Brewer discography". Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  7. ^ Stefan Wirz. "Illustrated Scrapper Blackwell discography". Retrieved 2014-01-29. 

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