Robert Karriem, formerly Robert Catron, gained notoriety as Boss Ugly Bob. "Boss," as I called him, was my father-in-law and earlier this month he was awarded a historical marker from the State of Tennessee at his last place of business at 726 East McLemore near Mississippi Blvd.
This long overdue gesture of recognition (on Oct. 5th) for one of Memphis most successful businessmen and African-American millionaires was a personal inspiration.
Boss Ugly Bob lived a storied life. He was a DJ on WLOK in the sixties. As a musician, he played with Bobby 'Blue' Bland, Roscoe Gordon, and B.B. King with "The Beale Streeters." A pillar of his community and family man, he stayed married to Claudette Colbert for over 50 years.
- Written by Tracy Lavell Matthews/Special to The New Tri-State Defender
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