Haskell Sadler

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Haskell Sadler
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Background information
Birth nameHaskell Robert Sadler
Also known asCool Papa
Born(1935-04-16)April 16, 1935
Denver, Colorado, United States
DiedMay 6, 1994(1994-05-06) (aged 59)
Berkeley, California, United States
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, guitarist
InstrumentsHuman voice, guitar
Years active1960s–1994
LabelsTJ Records

Haskell Robert "Cool Papa" Sadler (April 16, 1935 – May 6, 1994)[1] was an American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist.

Born in Denver, Colorado, United States,[1] Sadler moved to California and worked in clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area starting in the 1960s.[2] He played a number of times at the San Francisco Blues Festival. Sadler wrote "747" as recorded by Joe Louis Walker,[3] and "Yesterday" recorded by Tiny Powell.[1] In the 1970s, he recorded as "Cool Papa" for TJ Records.[1] Cool Papa proved to be a guiding hand to Gene "Birdlegg" Pittman, then a new arrival in the Bay Area, and Pittman played alongside Sadler for 13 years.[4]

He developed diabetes, and had a leg amputated in 1990. He died, aged 59, in Berkeley, California, in 1994.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Eagle, Bob; LeBlanc, Eric S. (2013). Blues - A Regional Experience. Santa Barbara: Praeger Publishers. p. 345. ISBN 978-0313344237.
  2. ^ Herman, Michael (November 7, 2004). "Jokin' On The Harp Player" (PDF). Hawkeyeherman.com. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  3. ^ Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 1994 - 1995". Thedeadrockstarsclub.com. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  4. ^ Mike Stephenson. "From The Vaults... Gene "Birdlegg" Pittman" (PDF). Bluesandrhythm.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-27.

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