Bluesman Abu Talib, who recorded and toured with Ray Charles and Little Walter under his given name, Freddy Robinson, has died. He was 70.
Freddy Robinson was bluesguitarist, converted to Islam during the 1970s and took the name Abu Talib. He died on Thursday October 8th, 2009 of cancer.
Like many Southern bluesmen before him, Robinson moved to Chicago, where he earned a name as a trusted guitarist. Robinson played bass and guitar on many of Little Walter’s Chess recordings in 1959 and 60. Through the years, Robinson also played with Howlin’ Wolf, Bobby “Blue” Bland, John Mayall, and Ray Charles, among others, bringing his jazz-influenced guitar tone to their sessions and live performances.
He wrote several songs including “Black Fox,” “At the Drive-In,” “Bluesology” and the blues instrumental, “After Hours.”