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My Bio

BOB JONES BIO
Written by Bill Dahl

There aren’t many people on the Chicago blues scene that have made names for themselves on their songwriting ability, but that’s precisely the case with Bob Jones.

Since he broke through to the bigtime by writing Artie “Blues Boy” White’s 1977 hit “Leanin’ Tree,” Bob has written unforgettable material time and again for the crème de la crème of blues and soul royalty, both in his Windy City hometown and on the Southern soul circuit. White, Cicero Blake, Lee Shot Williams, Willie Clayton, Pat Brown, Nolan Struck, Bobby “Slim” James, the late Little Milton and James Carr, and plenty more have relied on Bob to bring them guaranteed hits over the last three-plus decades, and Jones never lets his friends down. He’s collaborated with Memphis producer Quinton Claunch and the irrepressible Swamp Dogg, and he’s acted as a compositional mentor to Clayton.

“Bob is like a godfather to me, for the last 30 years or better,” says Willie.
This bard of the blues takes his craft seriously, yet he’s one of the friendliest, most down-to-earth figures around. Bob grew up outside of Columbus, Mississippi on his granddad’s farm. He first heard the blues live when he was nine years old, slipping off late one Saturday evening to sneak an earful of mesmerizing music at a nearby juke joint (the experience later inspired his song “Hattie Mae”). Jones moved to Chicago Heights, a southern suburb of Chicago, in 1945. Seven years later he landed a job at Calumet Steel. After a mid-‘50s stint in the Navy, Bob returned to Chicago Heights and soon settled back into a daily shift at the steel mill, any thoughts of making a living as a composer looming very distant in the future.

Jones began gravitating more strongly towards the city’s vibrant blues scene at the end of the ‘60s, hanging out with Little Milton, Tyrone Davis, Otis Clay, Johnny Sayles, and other soul luminaries populating the field. Bob was operating a barbecue joint in 1975 when he started to get serious about writing songs. He was attending a rehearsal prior to Artie White’s session for barbecue entrepreneur Argia B. Collins’ Al-Tee Records when White picked up Bob’s writing tablet and happened across the intriguing lyrics to “Leanin’ Tree.” Jones told him what he had in mind as far as a musical backdrop for his new creation, White recorded the song for producer Andre Williams, and the song cracked Billboard’s national R&B charts in the spring of 1977—a virtually unheard of occurrence at that point for a Chicago blues platter.

Sometimes finding his inspiration in the methodical rhythms he absorbed during his many years at the steel mill (he cites the late, great L.A. singer/composer Percy Mayfield as one of his major influences), Bob writes fresh, bracing songs with uncommon ease, often injecting some downhome humor into his thoughtful lyrics. White’s “Warm Room” and “Don’t Pet My Dog,” Blake’s “She’s Cheatin’ On You,” Brown’s feisty “Equal Opportunity,” and Little Milton’s “Angel” are among Jones’ many songwriting triumphs.

Songwriting isn’t Bob’s only talent. He’s a promoter, manager, booking agent, and he sings his own songs pretty well too when the mood strikes. But Jones will always be first and foremost a prolific blues and southern soul composer. His many famous clients are certainly glad of that!

Robert A. "Bob" Jones

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