His father was a Tennessee preacher of deep conviction whom the young Robert expected to emulate. But he did it through his tender and thunderous singing with profound spirituality, making converts of us all.
Bob died suddenly last weekend after some three quarters of a century of total commitment to whatever he did.
“It’s my life’s work to express those emotions and feelings that can only be conveyed through music. It’s how my spirit takes wing and soars to unfathomable, seemingly unreachable heights. I hope that my music does the same for your spirit, too.”
Singing with Bob is probably the closest I’ll ever get to having any sort of religion. There was no way to fake a note or an emotion around him.
It’s rare that a man has such great humanity and character that equals his possession of such great artistry. Bob was clearly that man.
A funeral service for Bob will take place at All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02245, at 11 am on Saturday October 14th.
Some links to recordings from my personal store follow. If you are dry eyed after hearing them, don’t darken these pages again.
J.S. Bach Cantata Christ Lag in Todesbanden, bass aria “Hier ist das rechte Osterlamm” Emmanuel Music Orchestra and Chorus, Craig Smith conducting with Robert Honeysucker bass soloist, April 19, 1981 HERE
Assorted Spirituals in the last five years from Palm Sunday Services at St. Mary Church in Charlestown. HERE
His standard biography is HERE