Babe (1927 – June 20, 1975) was an American acoustic blues
guitarist and singer. He is variously described as a Louisiana blues,
Piedmont blues and blues revival musician, whose recording career was
restricted to a couple of recording sessions in the early 1960s. His most
noteworthy recordings were 'Going Downtown Boogie,' and 'Ain't Got No Rabbit
He was born Robert Brown, in Itta Bena, Mississippi, United States. Smoky
Babe was recorded by Harry Oster of Louisiana State University in 1960 and
1961, and the results were released by the Folk Lyric, Bluesville and
Outside of his recordings little is known of his life. The definite
circumstances concerning his demise in June 1975 are also unclear.
His song, 'Boogy,' was included on the compilation album, Blues Roots: Give
Me The Blues (1979); whilst 'Hottest Brand Goin'' and 'Locomotive Blues'
appeared on the 1998 collection, The Bluesville Years, Vol. 9: Down the