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Bobby Patterson

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Bobby Patterson (born 13 March 1944, Dallas, Texas) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer.

Patterson produced records for Fontella Bass, Chuck Jackson, Ted Taylor, Shay Holiday, Roscoe Robinson, The Montclairs, Tommie Young, and Little Johnny Taylor. Albert King recorded the song, “That’s What the Blues is All About,” which Patterson co-wrote. A version appeared on King’s album, I Wanna Get Funky. Another of Patterson’s songs, “She Don’t Have to See You” was recorded by Golden Smog for their 1995 album, Down by the Old Mainstream.

He recorded a live album at the Longhorn Ballroom in 2002.
Patterson worked as a DJ on the Dallas based radio station KKDA 730 AM until station owner Hyman Childs unceremoniously laid off most of KKDA’s on-air staff, including Patterson, in May 2012.

Like many other Dallas-based blues musicians, Bobby Patterson is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who continued the soul-blues tradition of people like Bobby “Blue” Bland, Otis Redding, and Wilson Pickett. But unlike some of these other singers, Patterson has worked in all aspects of the blues record business: as a songwriter, producer, promotion man, and label owner. Patterson began performing when he was ten, playing guitar and drums. While still in his early teens, he formed a band called the Royal Rockers, who won talent contests in and around Dallas. In 1957, one of the talent contests led to a trip to California to track a single for Liberty Records, which was never released. Patterson then went on to nearby Arlington College, where one of his classmates was the son of a local record company owner.

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