b. Bobby Powell, 1941, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A.
Blind pianist/singer Bobby Powell, hails from Lousiana.
Bobby was originally a gospel singer in the 1950s.
In the 1960s, Bobby was performing secular material.
He signed to Whit Records, releasing ‘What Are You Trying to Do to Me’ b/w ‘Red Sails in the Sunset’.
The song brought him to the attention of Jewel Records, who nationally distributed the release.
Bobby’s follow up was a version of ‘C.C. Rider’ b/w ‘That Little Girl of Mine’ in 1965.
The single topped the R&B charts.
Bobby released a further single ‘Do Something for Yourself’ b/w ‘It's Getting Late in the Evening’ (number 21 R&B), followed by ‘I’m Gonna Leave You’ in 1967.
He continued to release sides into the Seventies, charting with ‘The Bells’ in 1974.
thank you - 1973 / explains the glory of love - 1981 / down by the riverside - 1981 / in time - 1992
Bobby released the album ‘Thank You’ for the Excello imprint in 1973.
During the 1980s, Bobby began releasing gospel albums.
There have been several compilations of his work in recent years.
Thank You (Excello Records 1973)
Bobby Powell Explains The Glory Of Love (Hep'me Records 1981)
Down By The Riverside (Hep Me Records 1980's)
A Fool For You (Charly Records 1988)
In Time (P-Vine Records 1992)
Especially for You (Ace Records 1993)