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Bobby Sharp

Sharp was born in Topeka, Kansas in 1924. His family had settled there because Kansas was, during slavery times, a free state. Sharp’s great-grandmother was a slave and he remembers her telling him stories about lying on the floor while cannonballs blasted through the cabin. The Great Depression soon followed, and Sharp’s parents sent him to live with relatives in Los Angeles while they went to New York to seek their fortune. Sharp’s father was a concert tenor who won several small roles in Broadway shows but never hit it big. However, their social life was rich; they lived in an apartment building in Harlem with fellow residents Duke Ellington, Walter White, Roy Wilkins and artist Aaron Douglas

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"Unchain My Heart" Songwriter Bobby Sharp Dies At Age 88

"Unchain My Heart" Songwriter Bobby Sharp Dies At Age 88

Bobby Sharp, 88, of Alameda, passed away on Monday, January 28. His passing marked the end of a life filled with generosity toward friends, colorful storytelling about mid-century times in Los Angeles, New York, and California, and a long songwriting career highlighted by his 1961 hit, “Unchain My Heart." Bobby was born in 1924 in Topeka, ...

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Poignant Records Presents Bobby Sharp and Natasha Miller

Read "Poignant Records Presents Bobby Sharp and Natasha Miller" reviewed by Jim Santella

The San Francisco Bay area is home to Poignant Records, the brainchild of Natasha Miller. Like many smaller, independent labels, this one provides a window to the creative spirits of those among us who deserve greater recognition. It doesn't come easy, and nothing in this world is automatic; but we're fortunate to have 'em. ...


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