Goebel Reeves

Born 9 October 1899. Died 26 January 1959
Goebel Reeves
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.6/img/default_artist_images/pop1.jpg
1899-10-09
https://musicbrainz.org/artist/0d604793-47d2-4ef3-8a43-561e28b4936c
Goebel Reeves

Goebel Reeves Biography (Wikipedia)

Goebel Leon Reeves (October 9, 1899 – January 26, 1959) was an American folk singer. His most famous song is "Hobo's Lullaby," which has been covered by numerous singers, notably Woody Guthrie and his son Arlo.

Born October 9, 1899, in Sherman, Texas, Reeves grew up in Austin while his father was a shoe salesman. His father rose from selling shoes to become a member of the Texas State Legislature. His mother taught the voice and piano. In 1917 he enlisted in the army as a bugler; he was wounded in frontline action. He was discharged and in 1921 adopted the life of a hobo, writing and singing songs as he travelled. It was from this time that an aura of mystery surround the life of the Texas Drifter. He travelled to Italy as a merchant seaman in the mid-1920s and toured Europe. But Europe was not ready for the Drifter and so, broke and hungry, he stowed his way back. He arrived in Galveston in 1929, and the first sound he heard was a Jimmie Rodgers record playing from a record store. Making records seemed like a good idea, so he swung up on the next fast freight for New York practicing yodels in the boxcar straw. Reeves walked into Long Island recording studio of the Gennett Record Co. and told George Keats, the manager, that he was an important recording artist from Texas. His first recordings were issued as Goeble Reeves, but that was too mundane; at all later sessions for Gennett, Okeh, and A.R.C he used a variety of pseudonyms including: The Texas Drifter; The Yodelling Wrangler; George Riley; Bert Knowles; The Broadway Wrangler; The Yodelling Rustler; Johnny Fay; The Broadway Rustler and Louie Acker.

This entry is from Wikipedia, the user-contributed encyclopedia. It may not have been reviewed by professional editors and is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons License. If you find the biography content factually incorrect or highly offensive you can edit this article at Wikipedia. Find out more about our use of this data.


Goebel Reeves Tracks

Sort by

Goebel Reeves
Hobo's Lullaby
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bql0z.jpg
link
Hobo's Lullaby
Goebel Reeves
Cowboy's Prayer
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.6/img/track_fallback.png
link
Cowboy's Prayer
Goebel Reeves
The Cowboy's Dizzy Sweetheart
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.6/img/track_fallback.png
link
The Cowboy's Dizzy Sweetheart
Load more tracks

Back to artist