About Bobby Sanders
Bobby Sanders was born Jerome Lenoir, in St. Louis, Missouri. He left St. Louis for New York City as a boy of 11 years old. He ended up living with an aunt in Brooklyn, NY.
He began his remarkable, versatile and accredited career in the music industry in 1955 in New York as a singer/entertainer at the age of eleven with a vocal group called the Schoolboys.
In 1958, Bobby Sanders began his solo singing career with his first album, "Lonely Situation," on Mercury Records. In 1959, he joined Little Anthony and the Imperials for a year and a half. Bobby's friendship and intermittent working relationship with Little Anthony has continued to his death.
By the time he was 17 years old he was producing records.
From New York, Bobby came to Los Angeles, California, in the early 1960s. he began writing with Gene Pitney. "Every Little Breath I Take," released in 1961, was their first collaboration. Later in 1961, Bobby met the now late Marty Melcher, husband of Doris Day and president of Daywin Productions. Melcher gave Bobby the opportunity to write for a group called the Unforgettables. In 1962, the Unforgettables had two great hits, " Was It Alright?" and "Hurt," both written by Bobby Sanders.
I remember back in September 3, 2005, Bobby Sanders accompanied us to see The Blind Boys of Alabama and Susan Tedeschi at the Palmdale Amphitheater at Marie Kerr Park, in Palmdale, California. Towards the end of the Blind Boys performance, Bobby had an epileptic seizure, and had to be rushed to the hospital. There was never a dull moment with Bobby! (Kenneth Kwame Welsh).
The famous music promoter Bobby Sanders died of a seizure, at about 6:15pm, Thursday, September 6, 2007.