Grammy-award winning Bluesman, Robert Lockwood Jr was a Cleveland institution. Born in Arkansas, he brought his soulful sound to Cleveland in 1961. Up until his death in 2006, he was a regular at Fat Fish Blue
, downtown, as well as other area clubs.
Born in Arkansas in 1915, Robert Lockwood Jr. learned about music early at church and from his mother's boyfriend, legendary bluesman, Robert Johnson. After Johnson was murdered in 1938, Lockwood moved up to Chicago, where he played with blues greats, including Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, and Eddie Boyd.
The Cleveland Connection:
When Rock and Roll began to overcome the Chicago jazz scene in 1961, Lockwood moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he has lived ever since. Although raising a family was his priority in the 1960s and 1970s, Lockwood reemerged in the 1980s with his unique electric guitar sound. In 1998, Lockwood won the Grammy Award for his album, "I Got to Find Me a Woman." He won again in 2001 for "Delta Crossroads."
Robert Lockwood Day:
The city of Cleveland has rewarded Lockwood's loyalty by naming a street "Robert Lockwood Way" (in the Flats) and designating February 3 to be Robert Lockwood Day.
Mr. Lockwood suffered a serious stroke on November 3, 2006 and passed away of respiratory failure on November 21 of that year. His band, Robert Lockwood's All Star Band, continues to perform at Fat Fish Blue and other area venues.
(Last updated 4-16-08)