Thursday, January 05, 2012

Robert Lee Dickey from James & Bobby Purify Has Died

Robert Lee Dickey, who performed with his cousin James as James & Bobby Purify, died Sunday (December 29) in Tallahassee, Florida. He was 72. 

The Florida duo charted eight times from 1966 to 1968, most notably with "I'm Your Puppet" (#6-1966) and "Shake A Tail Feather" (#25-1967). 

Robert was replaced for health reasons by Buddy Grubbs (for one record) and by Ben Moore (permanently) in 1971. Bobby went on to work as supervisor for the custodial crew at the Tallahassee Police Department and became a Deacon in his church.