A native New Yorker, BOBBY was born & raised in Harlem. While attending the City University of New York, he honed his many musical talents and in 1970 became a lead singer/musician with “Joey Dee & The Starliters”, touring the concert circuit – including opening for the first Rock & Roll Revival at Madison Square Garden, for 22,000 fans, in 1971.
He then struck out on his own and was the lead singer and director for several cabaret shows, touring over thirty States.
He came to Florida in Dec. 1976 co-producer and perform at “BEETHOVENS”, which became Ft. Lauderdale’s leading supper club. He stayed there until 1980 winning two Carbonell Awards and a third nomination for the club’s innovative and ever-changing shows.
In 1978 he formed a local all-star 18-piece Big Band and has performed for most of the major South Florida music festivals, conventions, black tie balls and fundraisers, ever since.
In 1981, he opened his own special events and entertainment agency, BOBBY RODRIGUEZ PRODUCTIONS. Booking and/or performing with numerous name acts, including The Temptations, Manhattan Transfer, Red Foxx, Flip Wilson, Chuck Berry, Buddy Rich, Little Anthony… at events such as “Sunfest”, “Taste of Ft, Lauderdale”, the “Hollywood Jazz Fest.”… for such clients as the Boca Museum of Art, Winterfest, American Cancer Society, the Red Cross, Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida, the Miami City Ballet and many more.
He was Musical Director for the South Florida Entertainment Writer’s Associat