Robert Popwell

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Robert Lee "Pops" Popwell (born c. December 29, 1946) is a jazz-funk bass guitarist.


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, Greg Allman, Bob Dylan, B. B. King, Les Dudek and Randy Crawford, among others.[7][8]

He has also toured with Bette Midler and Olivia Newton-John. Popwell appeared in the movie Hard to Hold with Rick Springfield.[9][10] Featured in the 1982 "Olivia Newton-John, Live" concert video. Co-writer of "Boy Meets World" with Rap star Erick Sermon.[11] Also wrote "Feelin Funky" on The Crusaders album Those Southern Knights.


Personal life[edit]

Robert Popwell was born in Daytona Beach, Florida. He has a brother who is an actor. Has three daughters; Mandice, Erika and Jesslyn. Resides in Nashville, TN.

See also[edit]


  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 -". Retrieved 2011-06-23. 
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ "Erick Sermon - Boy Meets World Lyrics". Retrieved 2011-06-23. 

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