S M O K Y   B A B E; source: Front cover of of Bluesville BV 1063
source: Front cover of Bluesville BV 1063
photographer: Harry Oster

Smoky Babe
real name: Robert Brown
b. July 31, 1927 in Itta Bena, Leflore County, Mississippi
d. May 1973, presumably in Scotlandville, East Baton Rouge, Louisiana

discography
S M O K Y   B A B E; source: Front cover of Arhoolie R 2019
source: Front cover of Arhoolie R 2019
photographer: Harry Oster

This discography is a non-commercial labor-of-love and is in no way associated with any business firm.
All I know about the resp. artist's / label's musical output is shown on this page. To purchase out-of-print records I recommend an ebay, gemm or google search. And - sorry for that - I have not the time to answer any e-mails asking me about further information, let alone duplicating out-of-print recordings I happen to own.

Stefan Wirz   www.wirz.de

Smoky Babe LPs / CDs
#year
of release
titlelabel # / notes
   

- Shake, Shake Mattie
- Biscuit Bakin' Mama

rec. February 6, 1960 in Scotlandville, LA; Smoky Babe, voc, g
unissued
11960


Country Negro Jam Sessions@ youtube

Butch Cage & Willie Thomas
- 44 Blues
Robert Pete Williams
- Mississippi Heavy Water Blues
Clarence Edwards
- Smokes Like Lightning
Butch Cage & Willie Thomas
- Who Broke The Lock
Clarence Edwards
- You Don't Love Me
Butch Cage & Willie Thomas
- It's The Sign Of The Judgement
Ben Douglas
- Foxhunt


Sally Dotson with Smoky Babe & Hillary Blunt
- Your Dice Won't Pass (2:51) # [aka "Someday Baby"]   @ youtube   @ Spotify
Butch Cage & Willie Thomas
- Jelly Roll
Rebecca Smith etc.
- I've Got Religion

Smoky Babe
- Going Downtown Boogie (3:44) [Talkin' Blues or Talkin' Baby] ##   @ youtube   @ Spotify
Clarence Edwards
- Stack O' Dollars
Willie Thomas & Butch Cage
- Brown Skin Woman
Leon Strickland with Lucius Bridges
- I Won't Be Your Low Down Dog No More



unissued track from November 3, 1960 session:
- Leavin' Blues ##



additional tracks on Arhoolie CD 372:
Butch Cage & Willie B Thomas
- The Piano Blues

Smoky Babe
- Cotton Field Blues (3:32) []   @ Spotify
Otis Webster
- The Farm Blues
- The Boss Man Blues
Butch Cage & Willie B Thomas
- Whoa Mule!
Otis Webster
- Boll Weevil Blues
Clarence Edwards/Cornelius Edwards/Butch Cage
- Thousand Miles From Nowhere
Butch Cage & Willie B. Thomas
- Dead And Gone
- Called For You Yesterday
- Me & My Chauffeur
- Baby Please Don't Go


rec. during the late 1950s and early 1960s in southwest Louisiana by Harry Oster; Arhoolie R 2018 prod. by Harry Oster & Chris Strachwitz
# rec. April 14, 1960 at the home of Mable Lee Williams (Robert Pete Williams' sister) in Scotlandville, LA; Smoky Babe, voc, g; Sally Dotson, voc; Hillary Blunt, g
## rec. November 3, 1960 at the home of Mable Lee Williams (Robert Pete Williams' sister) in Scotlandville, LA; Smoky Babe, voc, g
[] rec. August 10, 1961 during a visit to Smoky Babe's home area in Vance, MS; Smoky Babe, voc, g (using a Chevrolet bushing as slide)
cover photo of Butch Cage and Willie Thomas with their wives [Rosie Cage and Martha Thomas] by Harry Oster

Butch Cage & Willie Thomas discography

Dr. Harry Oster discography

notes (booklet)
by Harry Oster


Folk-Lyric FL 111

notes by Harry Oster
(with some additional comments
by Chris Strachwitz)







= Arhoolie R 2018
(US 1969)

= Trio PA-6028 (Jp 1974)

notes by Chris Strachwitz



Arhoolie CD 372 (US 1993)

Arhoolie discography

21961


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Smoky Babe and his friends: Hot Blues

Folk-Lyric FL 118 / 77-LA-12-12 track sequence:
- Rabbit Blues []   @ youtube
- Too Many Women #
- Two Wings *
- Mississippi River So Deep & Wide #   @ youtube
- I'm Broke And I'm Hungry   @ youtube
- My Baby She Told Me #

- Black Ghost []   @ youtube
- Ain't Got No Rabbit Dog
- Bad Whiskey   @ youtube
- Black Gal // [not on Arhoolie R 2019!]
- My Baby Put Me Down
- Going Back Home

Arhoolie R 2019 track sequence:
- Too Many Women #
- Two Wings *
- I'm Broke And I'm Hungry
- Mississippi River #
- My Baby She Told Me #
- Rabbit Blues []

- Black Ghost []
- Ain't Got No Rabbit Dog //
- Bad Whiskey
- My Baby Put Me Down #
- Going Back Home

all tracks rec. February 1960 in Scotlandville, LA by Harry Oster
# Smoky Babe, voc, g; Henry Thomas [= Lazy Lester], hca
* Smoky Babe, voc, g; William Dotson, voc
[] Smoky Babe, voc, g; Sally Dotson, voc
// Smoky Babe, voc, g; Clyde Causey, hca
photographer: Harry Oster

Dr. Harry Oster discography


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notes by Harry Oster
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Folk-Lyric FL 118

notes by Harry Oster
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= 77 LA 12-12 (1962)

77 Records discography

notes by Harry Oster
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= Arhoolie R 2019 (1971)
"Hot Blues"

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(=) Arhoolie CD 440 (1996)

Arhoolie discography

31963


 

The Blues of Smoky Babe: Hottest Brand Goin'

- Now Your Man Done Gone []
- Hottest Brand Goin' //
- Something Wrong With My Machine \\ ^^^
- Insect Blues §
- Long Way From Home #   @ youtube
- I'm Goin' Back To Mississippi #

- Melvanie Blues *
- Locomotive Blues * ^   @ youtube
- Ocean Blues *
- Boogy Woogy Rag *
- Coon Hunt * ^ ^^
- Cold, Cold Snow ||

all tracks rec. in Scotlandville, LA by Harry Oster
# rec. February 10, 1960; Smoky Babe, voc, g
[] rec. February 27, 1960; Smoky Babe, voc, g
* rec. February 10/25/27, 1960; Smoky Babe, voc, g; Clyde Causey, ^ hca, ^^ voc; ^^^ Henry Thomas [= Lazy Lester], hca
\\ rec. February 10, 1961; Smoky Babe, voc, g; Henry Thomas [= Lazy Lester], hca
// rec. March 10, 1961; Smoky Babe, voc, g
§ rec. March 27, 1961; Smoky Babe, voc, g
|| rec. June 14, 1961; Smoky Babe, voc, g

Dr. Harry Oster discography



notes by Harry Oster

Bluesville BV 1063

Bluesville discography






= Ace CH 261 (UK 1/1989)


= OBC OBCCD-595-2 (2001)

OBC discography

4196?The Country Blues
Storyville Blues Anthology   Vol. 10

Clarence Edwards, Cornelius Edwards, Butch Cage
- Mean Old Frisco

Smoky Babe
- Boogy (2:45)   @ youtube
Clarence Edwards, Cornelius Edwards, Butch Cage
- Miss Sadie May

Smoky Babe
- I Went Down 61 Highway (2:30)
Clarence Edwards, Cornelius Edwards, Butch Cage
- Stagalee

Smoky Babe & Sally Dotson
- Black Ghost (4:20)   @ youtube
Lemon Nash & Henry Thomas [= Lazy Lester]
- New Orleans Blues


Smoky Babe
- Regular Blues (2:30)
Clarence Edwards, Cornelius Edwards, Butch Cage
- I Can't Quit You Baby
Hillary Blunt
- A Thousand Miles From Nowhere
Clarence Edwards, Cornelius Edwards, Butch Cage
- This Is My Life
Butch Cage & Willie Thomas
- Bugle Call Blues
Clarence Edwards, Cornelius Edwards, Butch Cage
- Goin' Back To New Orleans

Smoky Babe
- Talkin' Baby (3:30)

rec. at informal sessions in the homes of Butch Cage & Mabel Lee Williams near Baton Rouge, LA by Harry Oster

Dr. Harry Oster discography

Butch Cage & Willie Thomas discography

notes by Harry Oster
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Storyville SLP 129

Storyville discography

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= Teichiku ULS-1825-R
(Jp 1975)

51979Blues Roots: Give Me The Blues

Smoky Babe
- Boogy (2:50) [Storyville SLP 129]
Avery Brady
- I Don't Want You No More
Doug Quattlebaum
- Good Woman Blues
Huddie Ledbetter
- Frankie And Albert, parts 1 + 2

[Jimmy Brewer
- Big Road Blues
Even though shown on the cover as well as on the label track listing and even though there's a picture and a short bio of Jim Brewer in the liner notes - this Jim Brewer track is actually / erraneously? not included; instead there's the following Arthur Weston track !!!]

Arthur Weston
- Someday Baby
Big Joe Williams
- Long Road Blues
Big Bill Broonzy
- You Better Mind

Clarence Edwards
- Mean Old Frisco
Bert Logan, Russ Logan, Big Joe Williams
- Four O'Clock In The Morning
Big Joe Henry Miller, Jimmy Lee Miller
- Down Here By Myself
Arthur 'Big Boy' Spires
- 21 Below Zero
Johnny Young
- Green Door Blues
Arthur Weston
- Roll Me Over Slow


Champion Jack Dupree
- Back Door Special
Roosevelt Sykes
- Southern Style Piano
Henry Brown
- Low Down Drag
Memphis Slim
- Funky Blues
Jimmy Yancey
- Yancey Special
Sunnyland Slim
- Sunnyland's Boogie

Speckled Red
- Cow Cow Blues
Otis Spann
- The Skies Are Blue
Memphis Slim
- A Letter Home
Otis Spann
- Boots And Shoes
Memphis Slim
- Rebecca Blues
Willie Mabon
- I'm The Fixer
Champion Jack Dupree
- I Just Want To Be Free


DLP







Storyville 6.28470
= PGP RTB 2LP 3220044

to read liner notes
click on pictures of covers
G = German / E = English
text has been black/white
reversed to improve readability

Storyville discography

61996Smoky Babe, Herman E. Johnson: Louisiana Country Blues

Smoky Babe
- I'm Broke And I'm Hungry (2:57)
- Too Many Women (2:46)
- Two Wings (2:13)
- Mississippi River (3:16)
- My Baby She Told Me (2:36)
- Rabbit Blues (3:25)
- Black Ghost (5:02)
- Ain't Got No Rabbit Dog (3:18)
- Bad Whiskey (2:42)
- Black Gal (3:50)
- My Baby Put Me Down (3:14)
- Going Back Home (2:49)
- Regular Blues (2:34)
Herman E. Johnson
- I Just Keeps On Wanting You
- You Don't Know My Mind
- Motherless Children
- Depression Blues
- She's A-Looking For Me
- She Had Been Drinking
- I'm Growing Older
- Po' Boy
- Leavin' Blues
- Piano Blues
- Where The Mansion's Prepared For Me


Smoky Babe rec. 1960 in Scotlandville, LA by Harry Oster; previously issued on Folklyric LP 118 and Arhoolie LP 2019

Herman E. Johnson rec. 1961 in Baton Rouge, LA by Harry Oster; previously issued on Arhoolie LP 1060

Dr. Harry Oster discographyHerman E. Johnson discography

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Arhoolie CD 440

Arhoolie discography

71996Arhoolie Presents American Masters, Vol. 1
15 Down Home Country Blues Classics

- Frisco Line - Mississippi Fred McDowell
- Have You Ever Loved A Woman - Lightning Hopkins
- Going Down In Georgia On A Horn - John Jackson
- Cairo Blues - Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson
- 'bout A Spoonful - Mance Lipscomb
- Drink On Little Girl - Black Ace
- Country Boy Down In New Orleans - Snooks Eaglin
- Columbus, Mississippi Blues - Bukka White
- Shake 'em On Down - Dr. Ross
- Just Trippin' In - Robert Pete Williams
- Hump In My Back - Jesse Fuller
- Brother James - Big Joe Williams

- I'm Broke And I'm Hungry - Smoky Babe
- Poor Black Mattie - R.L. Burnside
- Mercury Blues - K.C. Douglas



Arhoolie CD 101

Arhoolie discography

81999The Bluesville Years, Vol. 9
"Down the Country Way"


J.T. Adams And Shirley Griffith
- Match Box Blues
- O Mama How I Love You
Robert Curtis Smith
- Get A Real Young Woman
- I'm Going Away

Smoky Babe
- Hottest Brand Goin'
- Locomotive Blues
Robert Pete Williams
- Free Again
- Rolling Stone
Wade Walton
- Rock Me, Mamma
- Blues, Stay Away From Me
Big Joe Williams
- Jockey Ride Blues
- Coal And Iceman Blues
Pete Franklin
- I Got To Find My Baby
- Black Gal
Scrapper Blackwell
- Blues Before Sunrise
- A Blues
Blind Willie Mctell
- Broke Down Engine Blues
- Don't Forget It
Tampa Red
- Dark And Stormy Night
- You Better Let My Gal Alone



Prestige PRCD-9917-2
91999Shake 'Em On Down
The Real Country Blues

- Shake 'Em On Down - Fred McDowell
- Sloppy Drunk Blues - Big Joe Williams
- Alabama Blues - Bukka White
- Need More Blues - Sleepy Joe Estes
- Judge Boushay Blues - Furry Lewis
- Pardon Denied Again - Robert Pete Williams

- Rabbit Blues - Smoky Babe
- Take Me Out Of The Bottom - Big Joe Williams
- Fred's Worried Life Blues - Fred McDowell
- Poor Black Mattie - R.L. Burnside
- Come Home To Me Baby - Joe Callicott
- Smokestack Lightning - Clarence Edwards
- Write Me A Few Lines - Fred McDowell

- Mississippi River - Smoky Babe
- Just Tippin' It - Robert Pete Williams
- She Left Me A Mule To Ride - Big Joe Williams
- Canned Heat - Houston Stackhouse
- Three O'Clock In The Morning - Johnny Woods
- 'Bout A Spoonful - Nathan Beauregard
- You Call Yourself A Cadillac - Robert Nighthawk
- Keep Your Nose Out Of My Business - Johnny Young & Otis Spann
- Oh Baby - Napeleon Strickland



Arhoolie/Ace CD 527

Arhoolie discography

102014


Smoky Babe: Way Back in the Country Blues
the lost Dr. Oster recordings

- Boss Man Blues   @ Spotify
- Backyard Boogie   @ youtube   @ Spotify
- Bad Luck And Trouble   @ Spotify
- Diggin' My Potatoes   @ Spotify
- What's Wrong With You   @ Spotify
- Chicago Bound   @ Spotify
- If I Had Listened To What My Mama Say   @ Spotify

- On Mr. Walter's Farm   @ Spotify
- I'm Going Home On The Morning Train   @ Spotify
- I'm Goin' Away Baby °°   @ Spotify
- Way Back In The Country Blues   @ Spotify
- Shake, Shake Mattie   @ Spotify
- I'm Wild About You, Black Gal °°   @ Spotify
- Arkansas Blues °°   @ Spotify
- Terraplane Blues [] °°   @ Spotify
- Goin' Home Blues   @ Spotify
- Boogie Gal   @ Spotify

°° CD bonus tracks

edited and prod. by Chris Strachwitz and Adam Machado
# rec. February 1960 in Scotlandville, LA by Harry Oster
[] rec. August 1961 in Vance, MS by Harry Oster

Dr. Harry Oster discography

notes by Adam Machado

Arhoolie LP 548 (US 2014)

notes by Adam Machado





(=) Arhoolie CD 548
(US 2014)

Arhoolie discography

Sources / Further reading:
- own record collection
- eBay auctions
- Bob Eagle & Eric S. LeBlanc: Blues - A Regional Experience.- Santa Barbara (Praeger Publishers) 2013, p. 198
- Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath: The Blues Discography 1943 - 1970 (2nd edition).- Vancouver 2012, p. 575
- http://www.fonorama.cz/firmy/A/ACE.htm
- diverse internet resources

source of left column picture: front cover of Bluesville 1063; photographer: Harry Oster

 

Robert 'S M O K Y   B A B E' Brown & Sally Jenkins Dotson; source: Back cover of of Back cover of Arhoolie LP 548
Robert 'Smoky Babe' Brown & Sally Jenkins Dotson
source: Back cover of Arhoolie LP 548
photographer: Harry Oster

 

Annie Brown & Robert 'S M O K Y   B A B E' Brown; source: Front cover of of Back cover of Arhoolie LP 548
Annie Brown & Robert 'Smoky Babe' Brown
source: Front cover of Arhoolie LP 548
photographer: Harry Oster

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