Bumps Blackwell

Robert "Bumps" Blackwell produced some of the first hits by Little Richard and Sam Cooke ("You Send Me") which paved the way for rock & roll and soul. Born in 1918 in Seattle, WA, he played piano in a band that included pre-stardom members Quincy Jones and Ray Charles. After a hitch in the Army, Blackwell came back to Seattle in 1949. After starting a number of businesses, a trip to Los Angeles led to his move there in 1953.