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Popa Chubby

Born Ted Horowitz in the Bronx, New York, Popa Chubby was the son of a candy store owner. At 13, Chubby began playing drums; shortly thereafter, he discovered the music of the Rolling Stones and began playing guitar. Although he grew up in the 1970s, Chubby took his cue from artists of the '60s, including Sly & the Family Stone, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton, among others. By the time he was in his early twenties, he enjoyed and played blues music, but also worked for a while backing punk poet Richard Hell. Chubby's first big break was winning a national blues talent search sponsored by KLON, a public radio station in Long Beach, California. He won the New Artist of the Year award and opened at the Long Beach Blues Festival in 1992. Chubby played more than 200 club dates a year through the '90s. His Sony/Okeh debut, Booty and the Beast, was produced by longtime Atlantic Records engineer/producer Tom Dowd, whose recordings by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, and others are legendary. In 1994, Chubby released several albums on his own Laughing Bear label, It's Chubby Time and Gas Money, before landing his deal with Sony Music/Okeh Records for Booty and the Beast, his major-label debut, released in 1995. In 1996, the 1 (800) PrimeCD label released a live recording of Chubby's, Hit the High Hard One. Two years later, One Million Broken Guitars was released on Lightyear Records; Brooklyn Basement Blues followed in 1999. In 2000, Chubby signed with the Blind Pig label and released How'd a White Boy Get the Blues? in 2001. The disc turned out to be a slight departure, incorporating elements of contemporary pop and hip-hop. 2002's The Good, the Bad and the Chubby showed great development in the artist's songwriting and included the 9/11 commentary "Somebody Let the Devil Out." Blind Pig released a collection of early Chubby recordings, The Hungry Years, in 2003. Troubled by the war in Iraq, Chubby released his most political album, Peace, Love and Respect, a year later. Two albums previously available only in France -- Live at FIP and Wild Live! -- were compiled by the Blind Pig label and released as Big Man Big Guitar in 2005, followed by a new studio set called Stealing the Devil's Guitar a year later. Electric Chubbyland, a two-disc set of Chubby covering Jimi Hendrix songs, appeared from Dixie Frog that same year, and was then repackaged and issued as two single discs by Blind Pig in 2007. In 2008, Chubby released the country-punk-inflected Vicious Country on Dixie Frog, followed by a return to blues rock in 2010 with The Fight Is On. The year 2011 found him moving to the Provogue label for the album Back to New York City. Universal Breakdown Blues followed in 2013 and featured Chubby's cover version of "Over the Rainbow" as its centerpiece. ~ Richard Skelly & Al Campbell
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No one lays down a sound or transitions a riff like this guy since Jimmy H. Don't believe me listen to Electric Chubbyland - especially his cover of Little Wing. In the language of that day - mind blowing!
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Heard Papa Chubby bout 10 years ago. Really cool rediscoverin g him. Lays down the blues real nice for a white boy.
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location333
WOW ...NEVER HEARD OF THE DUDE
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Chubby you rock man
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Rusty Cooley is better
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feel the soul in this mans voice. his style is an awesome blend of old, new, memphis blues with some southern texas guitar licks thrown in. dont change a thing brother.texa s loves you come see us in fort worth
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You really have to see him live to appreciate the showmanship and fun of his performances . He's a cool and approachable guy and absolutely dominates the stage.
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Pops come do a tour in Florida!!!!
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mrjchavez
Never heard of Chubby. Love his voice and his musical flavor. Very technical guitar player with Hendrix influence but cleaner. I think I am lifelong fan now!!!! I would like to see be and Brad Paisley have a guitar duel.
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akgobears
Popa in Calif and Lake Tahoe in 2 weeks
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love this dude, one of the hottest guitar slingers out there, under played and under appreciated. But I fear for his health...
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Hendrix in there
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He's got heart gotta lo
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rbwhisk
He plays music from the heart, which has to get past his clogged arteries, then when he plays, well it's like butter
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rbwhisk
You can't see him in California because, the airlines now charge for extra baggage.
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rbwhisk
He's not Jewish, he's a guitarist. I've never seen a chubby Jew
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Adding more of his music to my station... http://www.p a n d o r a . c o m / # / s t a t i o n / p l a y / 1 1 6 1 6 5 3 5 7 8 1 0 2 2 0 4 1 6 YEA!
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His popa chubby epiphone v is a smoking guitar.great blues guy.
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galxy500
Heavy Duty Jewish Brother from NY Smoking
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daphne448
Why can't we see him in California? I want to see him!
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HELL YEA WE LOVE THIS DOWN HERE N TEXAS!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Great sound!!
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play him
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Sounds great.
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daphne448
WOW!!!
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Seen Popa at the Bull Run in Shirley Ma. He blew the place up with his wide variety of guitar classic Blues/Rock covers and originals. Awesome. Hopefully he can take care of himself so he will last as long as BB.
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Caught Popa at Chan's in Woonsocket RI recently again. Took my 16 year old son again. Both BIG FANS. Maybe the best set so far! GREAT BLUES originals & covers. Only guitar slinger I have seen play live that was maybe better might be SRV!
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The dude is frekin good....Who cares what he weighs! If it aint about the music....wha t is it?
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makeitgoodti m e s
With the sound off, you might say Whos that fat F***. But once ya hear him play.......T h e Chubster! Yeh he needs to put that tank in the shop for an overhaul, but then what do we call him? Popa Salad?
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shwius
been respecting this man for many years cause he can just tear things down---but I'm worried- about him--he can barely walk and now sits down when up on the stage-- the son of a candy man needs to loose weight or we'll loose another blues great.
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Wish I could like this a few dozen times -- this guy's off the hook.
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Wow never heard of Popa Cubby , Love his style. . . . I'm a fan for sure now. . . . Keep it coming!! Popa Chubby
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I got to see him in Fargo and he ripped it up pretty small crowd though. But good blues is greatly under-apprec i a t e d
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smile you got the blues
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Ain't no doubt great blues dude, and daddy played bass and momma was a disco queen is some mixin of the genres !!!!!!
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Poppa's Got It
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I'd like to see this guy doin' his thing in a small club somewhere, probably never happen, but it would be a sight to behold...... . . . . . .
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Another best kept secret
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This cat is my alarm clock in the morning and the heavy hittin blues that I listen to at the gym. One of the better live performers on the blues circuit!!!!!
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paxtonl56
Discovered Popa in the early 90's. So many talented blues players out there, just waiting to be listened to!
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I'm still listening... I love his music... and he can whistle too!
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got 2 respect popa n his blues,hes great.keep on bro...
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I just can't get over this guy!!!!
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Awesome musician!!!
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As good as the best!
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raguiar0
Helped my friend PEPE setup the sound for POPA CHUBBY and his band for the Big Island of Hawaii shows (May 12,13,16, 2012). Best I Blues-Rock I have heard and seen. Also very nice people.
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Heard of Chubby from my old friend Bill Perry years ago... He's awesome! R.I.P. Billy!
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hallelujah.. . w o w !
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thenewpauko
sounded good, never heard of him, will check him out.
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dig me some Chub!
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