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Playlist of Robert Pete Williams

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  • Robert Pete Williams - Louise

    5:21

    Robert Pete Williams - Louise
    rec. March 11 & 12, 1972 at the Meilhaus Studio in Munich, Germany; prod. by Peter Gleissner during the American Folk Blues Festival 1972; Robert Pete Williams, voc, g
    ... first published on Blues Beacon LP 1932 101 (Germany 1972) Robert Pete Williams: Sugar Farm, this recording taken from Blues Beacon LP 631000 (Germany 1981) --- never re-released on CD, afaik!

    Robert Pete Williams discography at
    Blues Beacon Records discography at

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  • Robert Pete Williams - Scrap Iron Blues

    5:55

    Robert Pete Williams, bluesman from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, captured here in the process of improvising a new composition, Scrap Iron Blues, in 1971. Not only does he describe his current job, but he also explains the circumstances that led to his arrest for murder and incarceration in the notorious Angola Penitentiary.

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  • Robert Pete Williams 1970

    20:43

    The king of deep.

  • Robert Pete Williams - live 1970

    1:15:36

    Robert Pete Williams
    April 20, 1970

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  • Robert Pete Williams - Old Girl At My Door

    2:57

    Louisiana bluesman Robert Pete Williams performing Old Girl At My Door at his home in Baton Rouge in 1971. Narration by Beat poet Ted Joans.

  • A Thousand Miles From Nowhere

    5:15

    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group

    A Thousand Miles From Nowhere · Robert Pete Williams

    Free Again

    ℗ 1961 Fantasy, Inc.

    Released on: 1992-01-01

    Composer Lyricist: Traditional
    Arranger, Work Arranger: Robert Pete Williams

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

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  • ROBERT PETE WILLIAMS ~ High As I Want To Be

    3:22

    Robert Williams, the son of sharecroppers, was born March 14, 1914 on Mr. Anderson's Place in Zachary, Louisiana. He was unschooled and worked as a farm hand. His first instrument was a home-made cigar box guitar he obtained in 1934. He worked frequently at local dances, country suppers, parties, and fish fries while continuing to work outside of music in the Zachary and Baton Rouge, Louisiana areas through the 1930's and into the 1950's.

    Williams served time for murder at Angola State Prison farm in Angola, Louisiana from 1956 to 1959. While in prison he recorded for the Louisiana Folklore Society and Folk-Lyric/Arhoolie labels. While on servitude parole he from 1959 to 1964 he worked outside music except for some recording for the Prestige-Bluesville label and a few concerts.

    His subsequent career included tours of clubs, universities, and festivals in both the U.S. and Europe. He recorded for both U.S. and European record companies and appeared in U.S. and European films. He died of heart disease on December 31, 1980 in Rosedale, Louisiana and is buried in Scotlandville.

    He is almost, in himself, a definition of the country bluesman -- a poet of his own experience, his language and idiom coming from the hard country background that shaped him
    -- Samuel B. Charters, The Legacy of the Blues, 1975
    Robert Pete is a real rural bluesman, whose music is tough, mean, and, above all, impassioned like the man himself
    -- Pete Welding, Downbeat magazine, Nov. 3, 1966, p. 27

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    Robert Pete Williams was an extraordinary and unique bluesman. Williams credited Lemon Jefferson as a major influence however his guitar playing and vocal lines are reminiscent of no one. His performances were off the cuff and his lyrics were stream of consciousness, combining to create an intense listening experience.

  • Robert Pete Williams - American Folk Blues Festival 1972

    26:15

  • Robert Pete Williams - Grown So Ugly

    2:51

    Robert Pete Williams (born 1914), author of Grown So Ugly
    Covered in 1967 by Captain Beefhart and his Magic Band (arrangement by Ry Cooder)
    This cover was then recovered by The Black Keys in 2004
    You can like best whichever version you want but Robert still did it first and just him and a guitar.

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  • ROBERT PETE WILLIAMS

    46:03

    ROBERT PETE WILLIAMS

    LOUISIANA BLUES

    B. March 14, 1914 - (Zachary, Louisiana)
    D. December 31, 1980 - (Rosedale, Louisiana)

    1. Santa Fe Blues
    2. Cow Bell Mourn
    3. Late Las' Nite
    4. Time's So Hard With Me
    5. Goin' Thru' The Bushes Like a Turkey Again
    6. Candy Man
    7. I'm Gonna Go to The River
    8. My Baby Leant out With Another Man
    9. The Woman I Got
    10. Santa Fe Kazoo Blues
    11. C'mon Babe Let's Have a Ball
    12. I'm Gonna Leave You Baby

    Robert Pete Williams (vcl/gt)
    L. Martin (piano only track 5)

  • Robert Pete Williams - Better Have Your Way

    4:04

    Robert Pete Williams - Better Have Your Way
    rec. March 11 & 12, 1972 at the Meilhaus Studio in Munich, Germany; prod. by Peter Gleissner during the American Folk Blues Festival 1972; Robert Pete Williams, voc, g
    ... this recording first published on and taken from Blues Beacon LP 1932 101 (Germany 1972) Robert Pete Williams: Sugar Farm; that LP later has been re-released as Blues Beacon LP 631000 (Germany 1981) omitting Better Have Your Way --- also never re-released on CD!

    Robert Pete Williams discography at
    Blues Beacon Records discography at

  • Robert Pete Williams - Graveyard Blues

    2:45

    The Legacy of the Blues Vol. 9, Sonet Records 1973

    Photos: Walker Evans, A. Tarkovsky, LOC

  • ROBERT PETE WILLIAMS ~ Freight Train Blues

    2:51

    Robert Williams, the son of sharecroppers, was born March 14, 1914 on Mr. Anderson's Place in Zachary, Louisiana. He was unschooled and worked as a farm hand. His first instrument was a home-made cigar box guitar he obtained in 1934. He worked frequently at local dances, country suppers, parties, and fish fries while continuing to work outside of music in the Zachary and Baton Rouge, Louisiana areas through the 1930's and into the 1950's.

    Williams served time for murder at Angola State Prison farm in Angola, Louisiana from 1956 to 1959. While in prison he recorded for the Louisiana Folklore Society and Folk-Lyric/Arhoolie labels. While on servitude parole he from 1959 to 1964 he worked outside music except for some recording for the Prestige-Bluesville label and a few concerts.

    His subsequent career included tours of clubs, universities, and festivals in both the U.S. and Europe. He recorded for both U.S. and European record companies and appeared in U.S. and European films. He died of heart disease on December 31, 1980 in Rosedale, Louisiana and is buried in Scotlandville.

    He is almost, in himself, a definition of the country bluesman -- a poet of his own experience, his language and idiom coming from the hard country background that shaped him
    -- Samuel B. Charters, The Legacy of the Blues, 1975
    Robert Pete is a real rural bluesman, whose music is tough, mean, and, above all, impassioned like the man himself
    -- Pete Welding, Downbeat magazine, Nov. 3, 1966, p. 27

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    Robert Pete Williams was an extraordinary and unique bluesman. Williams credited Lemon Jefferson as a major influence however his guitar playing and vocal lines are reminiscent of no one. His performances were off the cuff and his lyrics were stream of consciousness, combining to create an intense listening experience.

  • Robert Pete Williams Style

    2:10

  • Robert Pete Williams - No One To Care For Me

    4:10

    From the Broken-Hearted Man (2009)

    Recorded at 1213 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 12, 1971



    Photography by Dorothea Lange, Vivian Maier, Willa Davis

  • Louise- Robert Pete Williams

    4:27

  • ROBERT PETE WILLIAMS ~ My Mind Wandering Around

    5:58

    Acappella & spoken word...
    Robert Williams, the son of sharecroppers, was born March 14, 1914 on Mr. Anderson's Place in Zachary, Louisiana. He was unschooled and worked as a farm hand. His first instrument was a home-made cigar box guitar he obtained in 1934. He worked frequently at local dances, country suppers, parties, and fish fries while continuing to work outside of music in the Zachary and Baton Rouge, Louisiana areas through the 1930's and into the 1950's.

    Williams served time for murder at Angola State Prison farm in Angola, Louisiana from 1956 to 1959. While in prison he recorded for the Louisiana Folklore Society and Folk-Lyric/Arhoolie labels. While on servitude parole he from 1959 to 1964 he worked outside music except for some recording for the Prestige-Bluesville label and a few concerts.

    His subsequent career included tours of clubs, universities, and festivals in both the U.S. and Europe. He recorded for both U.S. and European record companies and appeared in U.S. and European films. He died of heart disease on December 31, 1980 in Rosedale, Louisiana and is buried in Scotlandville.

    He is almost, in himself, a definition of the country bluesman -- a poet of his own experience, his language and idiom coming from the hard country background that shaped him
    -- Samuel B. Charters, The Legacy of the Blues, 1975
    Robert Pete is a real rural bluesman, whose music is tough, mean, and, above all, impassioned like the man himself
    -- Pete Welding, Downbeat magazine, Nov. 3, 1966, p. 27

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    Robert Pete Williams was an extraordinary and unique bluesman. Williams credited Lemon Jefferson as a major influence however his guitar playing and vocal lines are reminiscent of no one. His performances were off the cuff and his lyrics were stream of consciousness, combining to create an intense listening experience.

  • Robert Pete Williams Almost Dead Blues

    4:07

    Robert Pete Williams- guitar, vocals.
    (traditional)

    Free Again (Prestige/Bluesville, 1960)

  • Robert Pete Williams - When I Was Young

    6:51

    Robert Pete Williams - When I Was Young
    rec. March 11 & 12, 1972 at the Meilhaus Studio in Munich, Germany; prod. by Peter Gleissner during the American Folk Blues Festival 1972; Robert Pete Williams, voc, g
    ... first published on Blues Beacon LP 1932 101 (Germany 1972) Robert Pete Williams: Sugar Farm, this recording taken from Blues Beacon LP 631000 (Germany 1981) --- never re-released on CD, afaik!

    Robert Pete Williams discography at
    Blues Beacon Records discography at

  • Robert Pete Williams - Almost Dead Blues

    4:07

    Robert Pete Williams - Free Again

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  • Robert Pete Williams - Dont The Moon Look Lonesome

    3:57

    Robert Pete Williams - Don't The Moon Look Lonesome
    rec. October 16, 1966 at the Friedrichstadt-Palast, East-Berlin, GDR (American Folk Blues Festival 1966); prod. by Siegfried E. Loch; Robert Pete Williams, voc, g
    ... this recording first published on and taken from Scout LP Sc-3 (Germany 1969) Up The Country! --- never re-released on CD, afaik!

    source of photos:
    1st photo: (photographer's name not given)
    2nd photo: (photographer's name not given)

    Robert Pete Williams discography at
    Scout Records discography at
    American Folk Blues Festival discography at

  • Robert Pete Williams Air Music

    2:11

    The sound of the atmosphere; the weather changed my style. But I could hear, since being an air-music man. The air came in different, with a different sound of music. Well, the atmosphere, when the wind is blowing, carries music along. I don't know if it affects you or not, but its a sounding that's in the air, you see? And I dont know where it comes from- it could come from the airplanes, or the moaning of automobiles, but anyhow it leaves an air current in the air, you see. That gets in the wind, makes a sound you know? And that sound works up to a blues.
    -Robert Pete Williams

    -uploaded in HD at

  • Greyhound Blues - Robert Pete Williams

    3:41

    -uploaded in HD at

  • Robert Pete Williams - Rolling Stone

    4:42

    Interesting part of rural blues history, rather early recording from Robert Pete Williams.

    I hope owners of the rights want to see this as an honor to this artist who plays with just wonderful blues-feeling!
    And same goes to these random photos, which I have found from net.
    My hope is that everyone can just listen to this fine musician. Enjoy!
    Its so nice, that you can still buy these recordings on CD, mine is an old vinyl album!

  • Robert Pete Williams- Lord, Help Poor Me

    5:51

    -uploaded in HD at

  • Robert Pete Williams - Im Goin Back With Him When He Comes

    2:57

    From the Angola Prison Spirituals (1959)



    Photography by Ed Scott

  • Robert Pete Williams - All Night Long

    4:36

    -uploaded in HD at

  • Ive Grown So Ugly

    2:48

    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group

    I've Grown So Ugly · Robert Pete Williams

    Free Again

    ℗ 1961 Fantasy, Inc.

    Released on: 1992-01-01

    Composer Lyricist: Traditional
    Arranger, Work Arranger: Robert Pete Williams

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Robert Pete Williams - Rolling Stone

    4:50

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  • Louise- Robert Pete Williams

    4:27

  • Goodbye Slim Harpo

    5:27

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    Goodbye Slim Harpo · Robert Pete Williams

    Robert Pete Williams

    ℗ 2001 Fat Possum Records LLC

    Released on: 2015-11-13

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • midnight boogie........ Robert Pete Williams

    3:24

    Robert Pete Williams plays at Newport blues festival

  • Robert Pete Williams - Old Main Theater Portland State University. 1970

    1:15:50

    1. Intro / 'I got the blues so bad' (9:23)
    2. 'don't let me tip up on you woman' (6:41)
    3. instrumental blues with kazoo (4:18)
    4. You're My All Day Steady and My Midnight Dream (10:50)
    5. cigarette break (0:25)
    6. 'late in the evening, sun going down'/Matchbox Blues (9:05)
    7. --edit-- Boogie Chillen/Come Here, Sit Down On My Knee (6:22)
    8. 'woman, why you treat me so mean' (5:45)
    9. You Don't Have To Go (4:05)
    10. 'take your time, love me right' (4:16)
    11. tuning up (1:05)
    12. Louise (7:37)
    13. Things That I Used To Do (5:57)

  • ROBERT PETE WILLIAMS ~ Poor Bobs Blues

    3:56

    Robert Williams, the son of sharecroppers, was born March 14, 1914 on Mr. Anderson's Place in Zachary, Louisiana. He was unschooled and worked as a farm hand. His first instrument was a home-made cigar box guitar he obtained in 1934. He worked frequently at local dances, country suppers, parties, and fish fries while continuing to work outside of music in the Zachary and Baton Rouge, Louisiana areas through the 1930's and into the 1950's.

    Williams served time for murder at Angola State Prison farm in Angola, Louisiana from 1956 to 1959. While in prison he recorded for the Louisiana Folklore Society and Folk-Lyric/Arhoolie labels. While on servitude parole he from 1959 to 1964 he worked outside music except for some recording for the Prestige-Bluesville label and a few concerts.

    His subsequent career included tours of clubs, universities, and festivals in both the U.S. and Europe. He recorded for both U.S. and European record companies and appeared in U.S. and European films. He died of heart disease on December 31, 1980 in Rosedale, Louisiana and is buried in Scotlandville.

    He is almost, in himself, a definition of the country bluesman -- a poet of his own experience, his language and idiom coming from the hard country background that shaped him
    -- Samuel B. Charters, The Legacy of the Blues, 1975
    Robert Pete is a real rural bluesman, whose music is tough, mean, and, above all, impassioned like the man himself
    -- Pete Welding, Downbeat magazine, Nov. 3, 1966, p. 27

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    Robert Pete Williams was an extraordinary and unique bluesman. Williams credited Lemon Jefferson as a major influence however his guitar playing and vocal lines are reminiscent of no one. His performances were off the cuff and his lyrics were stream of consciousness, combining to create an intense listening experience.

  • Robert Pete Williams- Bulldog Blues

    4:16

  • Robert Pete Williams- Feel Like Blowing My Horn

    5:37

  • Robert Pete Williams - Sick And Lonesome

    4:17

    Broken-Hearted Man

  • Robert Pete Williams - My Shoes Torn Up My Feet

    6:35

    Robert Pete Williams - My Shoes Turn Up My Feet [sic, actually Torn]
    rec. March 11 & 12, 1972 at the Meilhaus Studio in Munich, Germany; prod. by Peter Gleissner during the American Folk Blues Festival 1972; Robert Pete Williams, voc, g
    ... first published on Blues Beacon LP 1932 101 (Germany 1972) Robert Pete Williams: Sugar Farm, this recording taken from Blues Beacon LP 631000 (Germany 1981) --- never re-released on CD, afaik!

    Robert Pete Williams discography at
    Blues Beacon Records discography at

  • Robert Pete Williams - Im Glad My Mother Teached Me How To Pray

    3:38

    RPW photo:Willa Davis

  • Robert Pete Williams- Freight Train Blues

    5:01

  • Robert Pete Williams - Ive Grown So Ugly

    2:48

    Interesting part of rural blues history, rather early recording from Robert Pete Williams.

    I hope owners of the rights want to see this as an honor to this artist who plays with just wonderful blues-feeling!
    And same goes to these random photos, which I have found from net.
    My hope is that everyone can just listen to this fine musician. Enjoy!
    Its so nice, that you can still buy these recordings on CD, mine is an old vinyl album!

  • Robert Pete Williams Monologue

    11:05

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    Robert Pete Williams Monologue · Robert Pete Williams

    When a Man Takes the Blues

    ℗ 1994 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Originally released on Arhoolie Records.

    Released on: 1994-01-01

    Producer: Chris Strachwitz
    Producer: Harry Oster

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Robert Pete Williams - Im Lonesome Blues

    4:03

    Angola Prisoners' Blues :

  • Robert Pete Williams- Louise

    4:30

  • ROBERT PETE WILLIAMS ~ Sad News From Korea

    4:37

    Robert Williams, the son of sharecroppers, was born March 14, 1914 on Mr. Anderson's Place in Zachary, Louisiana. He was unschooled and worked as a farm hand. His first instrument was a home-made cigar box guitar he obtained in 1934. He worked frequently at local dances, country suppers, parties, and fish fries while continuing to work outside of music in the Zachary and Baton Rouge, Louisiana areas through the 1930's and into the 1950's.

    Williams served time for murder at Angola State Prison farm in Angola, Louisiana from 1956 to 1959. While in prison he recorded for the Louisiana Folklore Society and Folk-Lyric/Arhoolie labels. While on servitude parole he from 1959 to 1964 he worked outside music except for some recording for the Prestige-Bluesville label and a few concerts.

    His subsequent career included tours of clubs, universities, and festivals in both the U.S. and Europe. He recorded for both U.S. and European record companies and appeared in U.S. and European films. He died of heart disease on December 31, 1980 in Rosedale, Louisiana and is buried in Scotlandville.

    He is almost, in himself, a definition of the country bluesman -- a poet of his own experience, his language and idiom coming from the hard country background that shaped him
    -- Samuel B. Charters, The Legacy of the Blues, 1975
    Robert Pete is a real rural bluesman, whose music is tough, mean, and, above all, impassioned like the man himself
    -- Pete Welding, Downbeat magazine, Nov. 3, 1966, p. 27

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Robert Pete Williams was an extraordinary and unique bluesman. Williams credited Lemon Jefferson as a major influence however his guitar playing and vocal lines are reminiscent of no one. His performances were off the cuff and his lyrics were stream of consciousness, combining to create an intense listening experience.

  • Robert Pete Williams- Im glad my mother teached me how to pray

    3:37

  • Late in the evening, sun going down- Robert Pete Williams

    4:33

    -uploaded in HD at

  • Midnight Boogie by Robert Pete Williams

    3:11

    my first video..

    as for me, this evokes a very special feeling.

    enjoy...

  • Robert Pete Williams - Rub me Until My Love Come down

    3:52

    Robert Pete Williams = Rub me Until My Love Come down



    I DO NOT ANYTHING

  • Robert Pete Williams & Butch Cage - Black Cat

    4:12

    Robert Pete Williams - Black Cat Bone

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