Barkin' Bill Smith
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Barkin' Bill Smith
Barkin' Bill Smith
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Background information
Born (1928-08-18)August 18, 1928
Cleveland, Mississippi, United States
Died April 24, 2000(2000-04-24) (aged 71)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Chicago blues, electric blues[1]
Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Labels Delmark

Barkin' Bill Smith (August 18, 1928 - April 24, 2000)[2][3] was an American Chicago blues and electric blues singer and songwriter.[1] He was born in Cleveland, Mississippi,[2] and in his latter years lived in Chicago.[1]


Smith was raised in Mississippi and later relocated to East St. Louis, Detroit and finally Chicago. He obtained his stage name from Homesick James in 1958, after the pair had worked together. Smith sang in front of various blues bands around Chicago for many years. He was initially influenced by Joe Williams, Jimmy Witherspoon and Brook Benton.[1] He made his recording debut in 1991, singing on Dave Specter's first album, Bluebird Blues.[4]Delmark Records issued Smith's solo debut album, Gotcha!, in 1994,[1] with Steve Freund playing guitar.[5]

In his latter years declining health restricted his live appearances.[6]

Smith died of pancreatic cancer in Chicago in April 2000, at the age of 71.[3]

Solo album discography

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Dahl, Bill. "Barkin' Bill: Biography". Retrieved . 
  2. ^ a b "West Virginia Blues Society: Mountain Blues" (PDF). Retrieved . [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 2000". Retrieved . 
  4. ^ Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books. p. 168. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  5. ^ Dahl, Bill. "Barkin' Bill, Gotcha!: Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Retrieved . 
  6. ^ "Barkin' Bill Smith". Archived from the original on October 18, 2011. Retrieved 2010. 
  7. ^ "Barkin' Bill: Discography". Retrieved . 

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