Watch the Robert Nighthawk Style: Standard online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Slide Guitar Power
Robert Nighthawk possessed one of the most distinct and immediately recognizable slide techniques in the history of blues slide guitar. Nighthawk was an immense influence on B.B. King, B.B. had been one of Robert's students, and B.B. has stated many times that his own signature, one-of-a-kind vibrato grew from his attempts to emulate Nighthawk's slide vibrato in a conventional playing style. Nighthawk's "Live from Maxwell Street" recordings are essential listening for all slide enthusiasts, and this example is played along the lines of his infamous version of Pat Hare's blues classic, "Murderin' Blues," aka "Goin' Down to Eli's," aka "I'm Gonna Murder My Baby." Pat Hare did, in fact, murder his "baby," shooting his girlfriend and a police officer, and he did, as the song predicts, "die in the penitentiary." It is for these reasons that Johnny Winter considers "Murderin' Blues" as the greatest blues song of all time.