Bob Roberts Biography (Wikipedia)
Robert A. "Bob" Roberts (April 27, 1879 – January 21, 1930), sometimes referred to as "Ragtime" Bob Roberts, was an American novelty singer in the early years of the 20th century.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Nicholas (Nick) Roberts, a well-known clown who became the proprietor of one of the country's leading touring pantomime companies. Bob Roberts is assumed to have traveled widely with his father's shows in his youth. He made his recording debut for Columbia Records in 1902, and initially recorded remakes of other artists' records before starting to make recordings of new songs. Among the most successful of his early recordings for Columbia were "Hurrah For Baffin's Bay" and "By The Sycamore Tree", both in 1903.
Roberts also recorded for Edison, Victor, and other companies. He recorded prolifically, recording some songs for several different labels. One of his biggest comedy successes was with "The Woodchuck Song", written by Theodore Morse, with a chorus of "How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?", which he recorded in 1904 for Edison, Columbia, Victor, and Zon-O-Phone Records. He also recorded for both Edison and Columbia as part of a duo with Albert Campbell.
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