Don't know if this has been mentioned on SS, but having had an email from a friend saying he had passed away, I looked on a site WN music which states he died (no cause given ) in Tallahasse, Florida on 29th December aged 72.More very sad news.
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clip from an news article on allvoices website
A native of Tallahassee, Dickey got his musical start at the Red Bird CafÃÆ’© in the Frenchtown area of Tallahassee. But it was an accidental meeting that launched Dickey's professional career. One night at a club in Midway (a small town outside of Tallahassee), the band's - the Dothan Sextet - guitar player quite and Dickey filled in. During his career Dickey shared the stage with Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Curtis Mayfield, Tyrone Davis, Jimmy Reed, Mighty Sam, and James Brown. As a member of James and Bobby Purify, Dickey performed at the Apollo theatre in Harlem.
In a tail that is retold all too often, Dickey never saw the money the duo made; when Dickey asked the manage about the money, the manager had no answer. It was then that he left pop music and returned home to Tallahassee.
clip from wikipedia on Bobby Purify ( was three over time in total)
James Lee Purify was born on May 12, 1944, in Pensacola, Florida. "Bobby Purify" was actually two different singers. The first was James's cousin, Robert Lee Dickey (born September 2, 1939, Tallahassee, Florida), who adopted the Purify name for performing, and sang on their early records. The second Bobby was vocalist Ben Moore, who replaced Dickey in 1971 when Dickey suffered health problems. This duo recorded the remake of "I'm Your Puppet," which become a small hit in the U.K. and the Netherlands.
clips from a great extensive article on The B side website
Back in Pensacola, Mighty Sam took Papa Don to a joint called Tom's Tavern to see an Alabama group he had performed with off and on, The Dothan Sextet. Tearing into high energy covers of the latest soul hits, they just brought down the house. Schroeder was once again enthralled with the voices of both their lead singer, James Purify, and their guitar player, Robert Dickey. Empowered by his new deal with Bell, he arranged for them to accompany him back to Fame, where he planned on producing sides on both of them.