Renowned Florida Original Songwriter, Robert Orr"Bobby" Hicks, 54, Tampa died Wednesday, December 19, 2007, following a short illness. Descended from a pioneer family of the Tampa Bay area, Bobby was born in Tampa on September 4, 1953.


Bobby Hicks brought a special message and  song to all of those who have come to love and enjoy the real Florida. Bobby's songs gave us tales of Zachariah Creech, tales of  Hurricanes and Condos, and Florida's natural beauty. Many people felt his "I'm Florida" should have been the next Florida State song. and he encapsulated the "personas" ">of many true native Floridians in such compositions as and "Grayton Jackson", a Florida moonshiner.

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You can hear "I'm Florida, need I say More" on a link from the Times article. /20/Hillsborough/His_folk _songs_lament.shtml

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