Robert Lee "Pops" Popwell (born c. December 29, 1946) is a jazz-funk bass guitarist.
Known as "Pops", he played with The Young Rascals, The Crusaders and the Macon Rhythm Section. The Young Rascals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame May 6, 1997. They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2005. He has played on albums by Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Ron Wood, Al Jarreau, Bobby Womack, Terry Bradds, Larry Carlton, Joe Sample, Smokey Robinson, Bette Midler, Greg Allman, Bob Dylan, B. B. King and Randy Crawford, among others.
He has also toured with Bette Midler and Olivia Newton-John. Popwell appeared in the movie Hard to Hold with Rick Springfield. Featured in the 1982 "Olivia Newton-John, Live" concert video. Co-writer of "Boy Meets World" with Rap star Erick Sermon. Also wrote "Feelin Funky" on The Crusaders album Those Southern Knights.
- 1969: I'm a Loser - Doris Duke
- 1970: Johnny Jenkins - Johnny Jenkins
- 1972: Young, Gifted and Black - Aretha Franklin
- 1972: Amazing Grace - Aretha Franklin
- 1974: Southern Comfort - The Crusaders
- 1976: Free As the Wind - The Crusaders
- 1976: Those Southern Knights - The Crusaders
- 1978: Images - The Crusaders
- 1978: Letta - Letta Mbulu
- 1979: Gimme Some Neck - Ron Wood
- 1979: Praying Spirit - Gloster Williams and Master Control
- 1980: Strikes Twice - Larry Carlton
- 1982: "Baked potato Superlive!" - [The Greg Mathieson Project]
- 1990: Collection - Larry Carlton
- 2006: Sumner Sessions - Terry Bradds
- 2007: Master Hands - Terry Bradds
- 2009: Touch of Spice - Terry Bradds and Nioshi Jackson
- Terry Bradds
- The Rascals
- Those Southern Knights
- Gimme Some Neck
- Young, Gifted & Black
- List of jazz bassists
- List of bass guitarists
- List of nicknames of jazz musicians
- The Crusaders
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- "Rhythm Section". Electroacoustics.com. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
- "The (Young) Rascals: inducted in 1997 | The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum". Rockhall.com. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
- "The Rascals - Inductees - The Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation". Vocalgroup.org. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
- "Robert Popwell Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. 1950-12-29. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
- "The George Benson Collection". Sudo.3.pro.tok2.com. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
- "Robert Popwell - About This Person - Movies & TV - NYTimes.com". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
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- "Erick Sermon - Boy Meets World Lyrics". Metrolyrics.com. Retrieved 2011-06-23.