Pops Popwell

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His dancing bass solo with Olivia Newton John is legend (Live/1982). 

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If ever a bassist was aptly named, it’s Robert “Pops” Popwell!  A composer, producer, session ace, anchor of the iconic Crusaders, and in-demand sideman – Pops pops, slaps, plucks, glissandos, and grooves with a soulful disposition that draws from jazz, funk, rock, blues, gospel and permutations thereof.

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The scope of Pop's canon is remarkable: Hubert Laws, Rascals, Aretha, Irma Thomas, Eddie Money, Allen Toussaint, Gregg Allman, Bob Dylan, B.B. King, George Benson, Ronnie Wood, Bette Midler, Larry Carlton, Smokey Robinson, Ruth Brown, and Dee Dee Bridgewater, to cite a very, very select few.

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And he’s been sampled a billion times. 

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