|Birth name||Robert Lee Popwell|
|Also known as||Pops|
|Born||December 29, 1950|
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
|Died||November 27, 2017 (aged 66)|
Lebanon, Tennessee, U.S.
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, 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, Gregg Allman, Bob Dylan, B. B. King, Les Dudek and Randy Crawford, among others. 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. 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
- 1970: Livingston Taylor - Livingston Taylor
- 1971: Liv - Livingston Taylor
- 1972: The Island Of Real − The Rascals
- 1972: Young, Gifted and Black - Aretha Franklin
- 1973: In Between Tears - Irma Thomas
- 1974: Southern Comfort - The Crusaders
- 1976: Those Southern Knights - The Crusaders
- 1976: Everything Must Change - Randy Crawford
- 1977: Eddie Money - Eddie Money
- 1977: Free As the Wind - The Crusaders
- 1977: Lisa Dal Bello - Lisa Dal Bello
- 1978: Images - The Crusaders
- 1978: Midnight Believer - B.B. King
- 1978: Letta - Letta Mbulu
- 1979: Gimme Some Neck - Ron Wood
- 1979: Praying Spirit - Gloster Williams and Master Control
- 1979: Livin' Inside Your Love - George Benson
- 1980: Strikes Twice - Larry Carlton
- 1981: Love Life - Brenda Russell
- 1982: Baked potato Superlive! - The Greg Mathieson Project
- 1983: No Frills - Bette Midler
- 1990: Collection - Larry Carlton
- 2006: Sumner Sessions - Terry Bradds
- 2007: Master Hands - Terry Bradds
- 2009: Touch of Spice - Terry Bradds and Nioshi Jackson
- "Rascals' Biography". Olympia.fortunecity.com. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
- "Rascals - Island Of Real CD Album". Cduniverse.com. 1999-02-22. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
- "The Crusaders Page". Soulwalking.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
- "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.
- "Erick Sermon - Boy Meets World Lyrics". Metrolyrics.com. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
- "Robert Lee Popwell Obituary". Lebanon Democrat. November 28, 2017.
- Johnson, Kevin (November 28, 2017). "In Memoriam: Robert 'Pops' Popwell". No Treble.