Robert Wilkins

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

16 January 1896, Hernando, Mississippi, USA, d. 30 May 1987, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Wilkins moved to Memphis during World War I, and by the 20s was playing his guitar and singing in the blues joints of Beale Street. Between 1928 and 1934, he made a series of excellent recordings, which showed a carefully crafted approach, tailoring his finger-picking accompaniments to suit the lyrics as well as the tunes. Some of his records were issued under his middle name, Tim. There was a 30-year gap before he recorded again, following rediscovery in the days of the folk/blues boom. By this time he had renounced blues and played only religious music, having been ordained a minister in 1950. His overall style was much the same, and ‘Prodigal Son’ was later covered by the Rolling Stones.

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