Robert Fitzpatrick aka Bobby Dread

Robert Fitzpatrick aka Bobby Dread

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Biography

I began playing the drums when I was 10 years old in grade school taught by Paul Mitchell who was also my high school band director and the best teacher friend I ever had and that led to a music scholarship at Morris Brown College, his alma mater, in my home town of Atlanta, Georgia.  The music hooked me at 17 when playing with The Great House Rockers, we played a one nighter backing Chuck Berry in the summer of 1966 at  an Atlanta Club, the next year while playing with Milton Howard and The Thrillers we backed Peaches and Herb on a concert in Albany, GA, girls rushed the stage trying to get to Herb, who left the stage surrounded by cops, the girls turned to us the players and we loved it, that was a real confidence booster!
I decided my life's work would be playing music and entertaining the night that my friend Pee Wee (Samuel Florence) and I were at a local night spot when the owner which we knew from playing there told us that James Brown was recording at Bill Lowry's Studio not far away. We went there right away, as fast as possible, we were huge James Brown fans and had already  seen him live a couple of times. We met the whole band, Bobby Bird and the Flames and hung out with those guys until the next morning, that was it, music would be my life!
I drummed for a few R & B bands for the next few years until The Naturals were formed in 1970 and I became a bass and baritone vocalist. I picked up the bass guitar in 1972 and it has changed my life forever.
My professional singing career began in 1970 as the bass singer of a popular Atlanta, GA group, "THE NATURALS". The Naturals first record, entitled "I Can't Share You", was an instant hit in New York City in 1971. The group performed at the world famous Apollo Theater for a week in March '71. In 1975 the group recorded a popular 60's tune, Crystal Blue Persuasion, which received great reviews on American Bandstand.
In 1977, after the break up of The Naturals, I was the co-founder of Bits & Pieces a self-contained quartet of versatile musicians and singers featuring Jeff Lee, Keidi Howard and Richard Vaughn. We traveled the U.S. on the hotel lounge and private club circuit as a backup band for several lounge entertainers. I sang and played the bass guitar. In 1979 I left Bits & Pieces for Los Angles and began my career on the West Coast, a long time dream. In a matter weeks I auditioned and got a gig with Cornell Gunther & The Coasters and a couple weeks later we opened in Las Vegas. 1980 landed me in Northern California, and the music of choice became roots rock Reggae. In the late 80's I co-founded UPRISING in San Jose, CA with Keith Hames, Gary Lee, Harold Jones and Darrell Williams.. The group quickly became one of the area's strongest vocal and reggae rhythm bands.

Uprising was forced to change it's name in 1994 to avoid legal actions from a reggae band from Maryland who owned the rights to that name. RASTAFIRE was born in May 1994 as a result. Since 1988 Rastafire has played throughout Northern California, Nevada and Arizona. We are a very entertaining, well dressed, colorful, reggae dance band, with great vocals and driving riddims.

Rastafire and Uprising performed with many of Reggae's Top Stars including Joe Higgs, Eek-a-mouse, Black Uhuru, Pato Baton, The Itals and many more in the concert and festival venues.
In 2001 I relocated to Northwest Arizona where "Rastafire" has performed around the area with various configurations.




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Biography

I began playing the drums when I was 10 years old in grade school taught by Paul Mitchell who was also my high school band director and the best teacher friend I ever had and that led to a music scholarship at Morris Brown College, his alma mater, in my home town of Atlanta, Georgia.  The music hooked me at 17 when playing with The Great House Rockers, we played a one nighter backing Chuck Berry in the summer of 1966 at  an Atlanta Club, the next year while playing with Milton Howard and The Thrillers we backed Peaches and Herb on a concert in Albany, GA, girls rushed the stage trying to get to Herb, who left the stage surrounded by cops, the girls turned to us the players and we loved it, that was a real confidence booster!
I decided my life's work would be playing music and entertaining the night that my friend Pee Wee (Samuel Florence) and I were at a local night spot when the owner which we knew from playing there told us that James Brown was recording at Bill Lowry's Studio not far away. We went there right away, as fast as possible, we were huge James Brown fans and had already  seen him live a couple of times. We met the whole band, Bobby Bird and the Flames and hung out with those guys until the next morning, that was it, music would be my life!
I drummed for a few R & B bands for the next few years until The Naturals were formed in 1970 and I became a bass and baritone vocalist. I picked up the bass guitar in 1972 and it has changed my life forever.
My professional singing career began in 1970 as the bass singer of a popular Atlanta, GA group, "THE NATURALS". The Naturals first record, entitled "I Can't Share You", was an instant hit in New York City in 1971. The group performed at the world famous Apollo Theater for a week in March '71. In 1975 the group recorded a popular 60's tune, Crystal Blue Persuasion, which received great reviews on American Bandstand.
In 1977, after the break up of The Naturals, I was the co-founder of Bits & Pieces a self-contained quartet of versatile musicians and singers featuring Jeff Lee, Keidi Howard and Richard Vaughn. We traveled the U.S. on the hotel lounge and private club circuit as a backup band for several lounge entertainers. I sang and played the bass guitar. In 1979 I left Bits & Pieces for Los Angles and began my career on the West Coast, a long time dream. In a matter weeks I auditioned and got a gig with Cornell Gunther & The Coasters and a couple weeks later we opened in Las Vegas. 1980 landed me in Northern California, and the music of choice became roots rock Reggae. In the late 80's I co-founded UPRISING in San Jose, CA with Keith Hames, Gary Lee, Harold Jones and Darrell Williams.. The group quickly became one of the area's strongest vocal and reggae rhythm bands.

Uprising was forced to change it's name in 1994 to avoid legal actions from a reggae band from Maryland who owned the rights to that name. RASTAFIRE was born in May 1994 as a result. Since 1988 Rastafire has played throughout Northern California, Nevada and Arizona. We are a very entertaining, well dressed, colorful, reggae dance band, with great vocals and driving riddims.

Rastafire and Uprising performed with many of Reggae's Top Stars including Joe Higgs, Eek-a-mouse, Black Uhuru, Pato Baton, The Itals and many more in the concert and festival venues.
In 2001 I relocated to Northwest Arizona where "Rastafire" has performed around the area with various configurations.




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