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Robert Dickey

Musician. Half of the music duo James and Bobby Purify. Dickey's first break in the industry came as a guitarist with the ensemble The Dothan Sextet, whom achieved national exposure as an opening act for Otis Redding in 1965. Dickey (taking Purify as a stage name) would go onto find fame, pairing with his cousin James Purify, they signed with the Bell record label and scored a million-selling hit with their signature song "I'm Your Puppet" (1966). Further Top-40 hits followed with "Wish You Didn't Have to Go" (1967), "Shake a tail feather" (1967) and "Let Love Come Between Us" (1967). By the early 1970s, Dickey had left the entertainment arena to settle in his hometown of Tallahassee, where he found a position within the police department. He would return as a performer of gospel music.

Bio by: C.S.


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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 3 Jan 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 82931546
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Dickey (2 Sep 1939–29 Dec 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 82931546, citing Greater St Mark Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .