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Robert "Boss Ugly Bob" Karriem
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Birth: Aug. 28, 1934
Death: Nov. 3, 2004


Robert 'Boss Ugly Bob' Karriem , 70, of Memphis, owner of Boss Ugly Bob's Records, died Wednesday at Methodist University Hospital. Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Monday at N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home with burial in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Mr. Karriem , the husband of Claudette M. Karriem , also leaves two daughters, Brenda Rene Catron-Matthews of Memphis and Briana R. Catron-Alicea of Chicago; two sons, Byron R. Catron and Brandon R. Catron, both of Memphis; three sisters, Juanita Savage and Inez Jamison, both of Memphis, and Pinkie Stewart of Detroit; three brothers, Andrew Lee Hobson of Cleveland, Ohio, and Randle Catron and Earl Catron, both of Memphis, and five grandchildren. (Published in The Commercial Appeal 11/5/2004)

Musician, deejay and record store owner Robert Karriem adopted the moniker "Boss Ugly Bob" many years ago, not because he was ugly - he wasn't - but to set himself apart. "When he started at WLOK in the late '60s, he said everybody else was pretty so he was going to be ugly," said his wife of 43 years, Claudette Karriem. "Schools had fan clubs for him who called in requests." Karriem died Wednesday at Methodist University Hospital after a long illness. He was 70. He was the owner of the popular Boss Ugly Bob's Records on East McLemore and at one time years ago had nearly a dozen stores in the Memphis area that were open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He featured R&B, gospel, jazz and rap, and Karriem 's was the place to go for advance tickets for local performances. "We were more than just a distributorship," said his wife, whose father owned a record company in Chicago. "The major music companies would use us as a test market for the Southern region. He kept his own record chart, mostly R&B, and Cashbox and Billboard would keep in touch." Boss Ugly Bob's stores always have made a point to help promote local artists. "My father always said to do that first and foremost," said his son, Brandon Catron, who has worked in his father's stores since he was a youngster. "He said 'help the local artists because that's who supports you.' " Before he was a businessman, Karriem was a talented musician and songwriter who as a teenager played with B.B. King and Bobby 'Blue' Bland, among others, his wife said. He played flute, saxophone, trumpet, piano and organ and majored in music at LeMoyne-Owen College after graduating from Manassas High School. "He was really like a child prodigy," Claudette Karriem said. Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Monday at N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home with burial in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. (Published in The Commercial Appeal 11/7/2004) 
 
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  Claudette Mary Karriem (1943 - 2007)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: SP3 US ARMY, KOREA
 
Burial:
West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery
Memphis
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
Plot: Section Z, Site 15298
 
Created by: Carole McCaig
Record added: Apr 23, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19064753
Robert Boss Ugly Bob Karriem
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