Robert Popwell

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Robert Popwell
Birth nameRobert Lee Popwell
Also known asPops
Born(1950-12-29)December 29, 1950
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
DiedNovember 27, 2017(2017-11-27) (aged 66)
Lebanon, Tennessee, U.S.
InstrumentsBass guitar

Robert Lee "Pops" Popwell (December 29, 1950 – November 27, 2017) was an American jazz-funk bass guitarist and percussionist.


Known as "Pops", he played with The Young Rascals,[1][2] The Crusaders[3] and the Macon Rhythm Section.[4] The Young Rascals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame May 6, 1997.[5] They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2005.[6] 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, Gregg Allman, Bob Dylan, B. B. King, Les Dudek and Randy Crawford, among others.[7][8] Most notably he played percussion on Aretha Franklin's Rock Steady.

He has also toured with Bette Midler and Olivia Newton-John. Popwell appeared in the movie Hard to Hold with Rick Springfield.[9] Featured in the 1982 Olivia Newton-John, Live concert video. Co-writer of "Boy Meets World" with Rap star Erick Sermon.[citation needed] Also wrote "Feelin Funky" on The Crusaders album Those Southern Knights.[citation needed]

Popwell died in Lebanon, Tennessee, at the age of 66. He was survived by his wife and three children.[10][11]



  1. ^ "Rascals' Biography". Retrieved 2011-06-23.
  2. ^ "Rascals - Island Of Real CD Album". 1999-02-22. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
  3. ^ "The Crusaders Page". Retrieved 2011-06-23.
  4. ^ "Rhythm Section". Retrieved 2011-06-23.
  5. ^ "The (Young) Rascals: inducted in 1997 | The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum". Retrieved 2011-06-23.
  6. ^ "The Rascals - Inductees - The Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation". Retrieved 2011-06-23.
  7. ^ "Robert Popwell Discography at Discogs". 1950-12-29. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
  8. ^ "The George Benson Collection". Retrieved 2011-06-23.
  9. ^ "Robert Popwell - About This Person - Movies & TV -". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
  10. ^ "Robert Lee Popwell Obituary". Lebanon Democrat. November 28, 2017.
  11. ^ Johnson, Kevin (November 28, 2017). "In Memoriam: Robert 'Pops' Popwell". No Treble.

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