will always ring immortal for the prominence of his composition "You Don't Love Me," covered by everyone from
' own discography is dotted with other triumphs, including a 1994 album for Rooster Blues,
was alive, well, and committed to playing the blues.
decided the prospect of rice farming didn't appeal to him enough to stick around his native Arkansas, so he migrated to Chicago in 1947. He hung out with Little Walter
and Eddie Boyd
while honing his harp chops on Maxwell Street. But Cobbs
' recording career didn't fully blossom until 1960, when his waxing of "You Don't Love Me" for Billy Lee Riley
's Memphis-based Mojo logo made him something of a regional star (one previous 45 for Joe Brown's Ruler imprint back in Chicago had stiffed instantly). "You Don't Love Me" eventually was leased to Vee-Jay -- no doubt warming Cobbs
' heart, since Vee-Jay boss Jimmy Bracken
had once turned down Cobbs
' audition, explaining that he sounded too much like Vee-Jay breadwinner Jimmy Reed
Throughout the '60s,'70s, and '80s, Cobbs
recorded a slew of obscure singles, often for his own labels (Riceland, Ricebelt, C&F), and operated nightclubs in Arkansas and Mississippi before cutting a long-overdue album for Rooster Blues (backed by labelmates Johnny Rawls
and L.C. Luckett
). He's also managed to slip in a little cinematic action into his schedule, appearing in the films Mississippi Masala and Memphis.