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R.I.P. Pops Popwell

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by inanimate_carb, Nov 28, 2017.


  1. inanimate_carb

    inanimate_carb

    Aug 11, 2016
    Hadn’t seen this mentioned on TB, yet so I’ll dive in - the great bassist Robert “Pops” Popwell died today at age 70.

    A name likely more recognized by older players, Pops was a very popular studio and live player in the 70’s and appeared on numerous projects with all the big name artists in his active years. He was one of those players you’ve likely heard somewhere even though you didn’t know it was him.

    Robert "Pops" Popwell | Biography, Albums, Streaming Links | AllMusic
     
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  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis


    My heart is broken. When you get my age, 70 is almost young. When it came to awesome slapped P-bass and rounds slap tone, Pops Popwell was on par with Byron Miller or Robin Duhe.

    The clip above is one of my favorites.
     
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  3. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    33BE61E8-B56A-4392-8AB5-A48067B24C77.

    Pops Popwell with Joe Sample, back in the days when the Crusaders had Gold Records.
     
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  4. bluesblaster

    bluesblaster

    Jan 2, 2008
    Saw Pops with the Crusaders back in the 70's, man had a soulful funky groove oh so sweet. Love his groove on I felt the love from free as the wind LP
     
  5. bluesblaster

    bluesblaster

    Jan 2, 2008


    Pops grooving with the crusaders RIP Pops, Groove on
     
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  6. bluesblaster

    bluesblaster

    Jan 2, 2008


    Pops with Les Dudek
     
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  7. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    That was fire!
     
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  8. inanimate_carb

    inanimate_carb

    Aug 11, 2016
    Mighty P-Bass wrangling at 4:35 -

     
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  9. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Damn.
    RIP, Pops.
     
  10. MixBass

    MixBass

    Feb 23, 2006
    L.A. Harbor
    Co-founder. GrabAxe
    Drag, both crusaders great bassists are gone. RIP Pops.
     
  11. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Bummer, RIP.


    That sounds like something Cher would write in her Daytimer calendar.
     
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  12. I just read this a few minutes ago. he played for the Young Rascals as well as The Crusaders but he recorder for others later on RIP Robert Popwell
     
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  13. Love that big ride cymbal sound.
     
  14. Bassheart365

    Bassheart365 Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2014
    Northern California
    "A good bassist determines the direction of any band." - Ron Carter
    Yes, I'm old enough to remember his groovalishis bass playing.
     
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  15. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    damn, i love the crusaders and his playing.
     
  16. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly. Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    All that and dance steps too! What a guy. Saw him once, with the Crusaders, at an outdoor show near Government Center in Boston. They were riding high then, and he was a huge part of it.
     
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  17. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
  18. Pops was always one of my favorite players always bringing a deeply funky groove to every record.

    One artist I toured with I was not quite getting the right "attitude" with some songs, until he gently reminded me that Pops was the bass player on the record. I never had any issues after that.
     
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  19. Sparkl

    Sparkl

    Apr 23, 2011
    Europe
    Great stuff. Sounds remarkably similar in sound to Les Claypool. Or should I say, Les Claypool sounds similar to Pops.
     
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  20. joeeg33

    joeeg33 Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2002
    Central New Jersey
    Very Sad news to me. He was a huge influence on me when I was staring out in 1980. I remember my mom calling me into her room to see the Olivia Newton John concert on HBO. I sat there glued! He played such amazing lines on a lot of those tunes. I actually bought the concert on DVD, and still watch it from time to time.

    R.I.P “Pops”
     
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