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 Robert “Washboard Sam” Brown

Robert “Washboard Sam” Brown

Birth
Walnut Ridge, Lawrence County, Arkansas, USA
Death 13 Nov 1966 (aged 56)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Homewood, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 7637641 · View Source
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Musician. Better known as "Washboard Sam" for using a washboard as a musical instrument, Robert Brown was one of the most unique blues instrumentalists to ever grace the blues music scene. Born in rural Arkansas, the supposed half-brother of the blues singer/guitarist, Big Bill Broonzy, Washboard Sam left home and journeyed to Memphis, Tennessee to play in various blues bands. He moved to Chicago, Illinois in the 1930's and recorded for the Vocalion Record label until the early 1940s. During the 1950s and 1960s, he continued playing music in the Chicago area, participating in a European tour in 1964. He also continued to record for the Chess, Victor, and Spivey Record labels until his death from heart disease at the age of 56.

Bio by: Midnight Believer


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  • Originally Created by: Midnight Believer
  • Added: 29 Jun 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7637641
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert “Washboard Sam” Brown (15 Jul 1910–13 Nov 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7637641, citing Washington Memory Gardens, Homewood, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .