Bobby Caldwell Smooth jazz Artist

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Bobby Caldwell (born August 15, 1951) 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 legendary status has been bestowed upon him in Japan. For R&B and modern jazz fans in the United States, he retains the title of: "The white guy most often mistaken for an African American vocalist. Bobby Caldwell was born in Manhattan to Bob and Carolyn Caldwell, 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.

Personal details

Date of birth
August 15th, 1951
Place of birth
United States of America
Places lived
New York City , New York
pop. 8,405,837 (2013)



Music albums

Album title Release date Release type Recording type Recording length Additional artists Contributors
Time & Again
2001 Album on compact disc
Come Rain or Come Shine
August 24th, 1999 Album on compact disc
Blue Condition
Pop music
1996 Album
Soul Survivor
October 24th, 1995 Album 44 minutes
Heart of Mine
October 25th, 1989 Album
August Moon
1983 Album
Carry On
1982 Album
Cat in the Hat
1980 Album
What You Won't Do for Love
Soul music
1978 Album 34 minutes
Stuck on You
Album 44 minutes
Perfect Island Nights

Movies music contribution

Title Year Budget Awards Producers Directors Music co-contributors External resources
Bug Buster
1998 USD 8.5M
Lorenzo Doumani
Steven R. Stevens
Lorenzo Doumani
Sidney James

Guest TV appearances

American Bandstand

Program genre

Variety show
Talk show

External resources

American Bandstand is an American music-performance show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989 and was hosted from 1956 until its final season by Dick Clark, who also served as producer. The show featured teenagers dancing to Top 40 music introduced by Clark; at least one popular musical act—over the decades, running the gamut from Jerry Lee Lewis to Run DMC—would usually appear in person to lip-sync one of their latest singles. Freddy Boom Boom Cannon holds the record for most appearances at 110.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S22-E21 March 10th, 1979


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