Robert Nighthawk was a singer and songwriter, but is primarily known for his work on slide guitar, with a style that influenced Elmore James, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Earl Hooker, J. B. Hutto, Hound Dog Taylor and Duane Allman. He recorded sporadically for various labels during his life, but with the exception of his hit, “Prowling Nighthawk,” none of them were particularly successful. He liked traveling the country, playing where he could, and avoided the limelight, choosing to go his own way.
Nighthawk (Robert Lee McCollum) was born in Arkansas in 1909. At 15 he was playing harmonica at dances, parties, and picnics with his brother Samuel on guitar and vocals. He was still working... Read More