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Bobby Caldwell (born August 15, 1951 in New York City) is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who, despite a prolific musical output over his 30-year career, is still best known for his 1978 hit single “What You Won’t Do for Love.” While he has always maintained a devoted fan base in the United States, a more legendary status has been bestowed upon him in Japan.

Early life

Bobby Caldwell was born in Manhattan to Bob and Carolyn Franklin, the hosts of Suppertime, an early television variety show. Living in Memphis and, chiefly, Miami (which he has called an influential “dumping ground” for all kinds of music), he took up piano and guitar as a preteen. Forming his own band at 17, he took the group on the road, later recording an album entitled Kathmandu.

Caldwell’s first performances were more rock-oriented than the bulk of his career would indicate; early dates had him playing Jimi Hendrix and Cream covers in small clubs.

Recording career

Bobby Caldwell (What You Won’t Do for Love)

Bobby Caldwell was signed to legendary Miami label TK Records, home to many different kinds of musical acts: the pop-disco of KC & The Sunshine Band, the Latin-flavoured funk of Foxy, the down-home soul of George McCrae and his wife Gwen McCrae, and the futuristic, jazzy disco of Peter Brown and T-Connection.


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    The definition of underrated.

    30 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Colenzo1985

    One of the best white vocals.

    27 Dec 2013 Reply

    Bobby Caldwell, you're more than fantastic ..... Just keep singing Doll, You're more than enough when I want just to listen to Love

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • sheezanerd

    <3 Forever.

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • HipHop1984

    'Loving You' is such a powerful, beautiful, and eargasmic record.

    28 Aug 2012 Reply
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    26 Aug 2012 Reply
  • JJMCSPooh

    I actually thought he was mixed at first, but it doesn't matter either way... "What You Won't Do For Love" is a classic.

    18 Jul 2012 Reply
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    29 Apr 2012 Reply
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    4 Apr 2012 Reply
  • PurplePostRock

    He doesn't have a lot of plays? Why?

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • jusluvanmusiq

    Must admit i thought he was black for the longest, until one day i wanted to see a live perfomance on youtube. Stunnted the ____ out of me! Found out last year he was the voice for the sample "The Light" by Common. "Open Your Eyes" was sampled.

    10 Feb 2012 Reply
  • ShiningStar911

    big hits

    28 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Buuze

    bobby caldwell is WHITE?!? holy shshhss [2]

    6 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Novoue

    11 Sep 2010 Reply
  • gunje

    lol, wherever bobby caldwell is mentioned, there's a discussion regarding his race. what's so weird about him being white? lmao

    6 Jun 2010 Reply
  • EdibleHandsoap

    Who gives a rat's ass what colour he is?

    28 May 2010 Reply
  • MadMaddy1200

    Gasp! This voice! Never tire of it <3

    1 Apr 2010 Reply
  • NorrinRav

    Soul Legend IMO

    27 Jan 2010 Reply
  • ChiCapDiva

    I don't care what color he is, as long as he continues with the great music. :-)

    8 Dec 2009 Reply
  • GuitarKat5612

    Love his voice. Very underrated singer and that's very unfortunate. Hope he comes up to Canada one day... although, it's -30C where I am right now, not sure if he'd want to. lol...

    7 Dec 2009 Reply
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