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Bobby Polhemus of the Teemates: A Timeless Icon
08 Nov 2023

Reflecting on his illustrious career, Bobby’s most significant contribution to music came with the formation of the blues band, The Teemates. Their inception after winning a Battle of the Bands Contest in Rockland County, New York, marked the beginning of an incredible journey. Following a creative turn in an Off-Broadway show, Bobby transformed his songs into rock ‘n’ roll numbers, birthing The Teemates and releasing the hidden gem “She’s so alone,” igniting the band’s musical journey.

The Teemates made their official debut at the New York State Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair, drawing comparisons to The Beatles and receiving the attention of prominent rock DJs like Cousin Brucie and Scot Muni. Their high-energy performances and musical flair caught the eyes and ears of legends in the industry, leading them to open for and back renowned artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, and The Ronettes.

Decades later, Bobby’s timeless music continues to captivate audiences, with a renewed interest from a new generation of fans. Recent releases like the four-song EP “530 East 87 Street,” with a focus on the singles “Bad Business” and “Dem Codependence Blues,” have kept Bobby’s artistry alive and relevant.

As a Blue Pie Records USA artist published by Blue Pie Publishing USA (ASCAP), Bobby Polhemus remains an enduring figure in the music industry, showcasing the enduring legacy of The Teemates and Bobby’s extraordinary musical journey.

Here’s to Bobby, a living testament to the timelessness of rock ‘n’ roll, and to the music that transcends generations.


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