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Bobby Watley
Bobby, born in Tennessee and raised in Ohio, was a jazz/funk organist, living in Indianapolis, IN. He started playing drums at 15, and later switched to the Hammond B-3 after backing such jazz luminaries as Lonnie Smith.
 
He founded the group Funk Inc. in 1969 together with Eugene Barr, Steve Weakley, Jimmy Munford and Cecil Hunt. They disbanded in 1976. The band fused funky R& with high-intensity jazz improvisation. Bobby was considered an early influence on acid jazz, a musical genre born in the mid-1980s that fused jazz, soul, funk, disco and hip hop. They called him the father of acid jazz.
 
Bobby moved to Ventura County in 1999 to be near his family. He played regularly in the San Fernando Valley, Santa Barbara and what was then The Sidecar Restaurant in Ventura. Bobby died in 2015.
contact:
homepage: www.angelfire.com/ca7/bobbywatley

 

Discography
Funk Inc.
Prestige PRST10031
recorded 1971 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Bobby Watley, organ
Eugene Barr, tenor sax
Steve Weakley, guitar
Jimmy Munford, drums
Cecil Hunt, congas
Hanging Out
Prestige PRST10059
recorded December 1972 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Bobby Watley, organ, vocals
Eugene Barr, tenor sax
Steve Weakley, guitar
Jimmy Munford, drums
Cecil Hunt, congas
Superfunk
Prestige P10071
recorded 1973 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Bobby Watley, organ, vocals
Gene Barr, tenor sax
Jackie Kelso, tenor sax, baritone sax
George Bohanon, trombone
Allen De Rienzo, trumpet
Ollie Mitchell, trumpet
Don Peake, guitar
Steve Weakley, guitar
Johnny Watson, bass
Jimmy Munford, drums
Cecil Hunt, congas
Jimmy Munford, vocals
The Best Of Funk Inc.
BGP Records BGP 1011
compilation
Bobby Watley, organ, vocals
Eugene Barr, tenor sax
Steve Weakley, guitar
Jimmy Munford, drums
Cecil Hunt, congas
Urban Renewal
Prestige PRCD-11001-2
recorded October/November 1995 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Bobby Watley, organ, vocals
Teddy Patterson, alto sax, tenor sax
Doug Swanigan, guitar, synthesizer
Phil Brines, drums, percussion
Cecil Hunt, congas, percussion
The Naptones, vocals

 
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