Robert Ward

Genres: Blues
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


15 October 1938, Luthersville, Georgia, USA. Ward’s rediscovery in 1990 is a rare instance of a ‘legend’ returning from more than a decade of obscurity with his talent undiminished. A self-taught guitarist, he formed his first band, the Brassettes, in Avon Park, Florida, in 1959 after two years’ army service. Returning to Georgia, he pawned a Gibson Les Paul in order to afford the move to Dayton, Ohio, where he lived with an aunt. His next group, the Ohio Untouchables, was the quintessential R&B garage band, its celebrity owing, in large part, to Ward’s use of a Magnatone amplifier with its distinctive vibrato effect. The group made a number of singles for the Detroit-based Lupine label, most famously ‘Forgive Me Darling’, an extended guitar showcase loosely based on Bo Diddley’s ‘I’m Sorry’. Producer Robert West used them to back the Falcons’ ‘I Found A Love’, with Wilson Pickett as lead...

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