EXPIRED:  10/07/09 – Bob Patton, 70, a talent booker for American Bandstand, worked w/ Isaac Hayes, Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Jerry Lee Lewis and others. Then the Godfather of Soul took him on as his personal concert promoter. The two became best friends.

“He was in the business 50-something years and worked with everybody from the Beatles to Prince,” said Sammy Blue, founder and executive director of the Georgia Legacy Foundation, a Decatur-based nonprofit that assists musicians with their careers, “I’d say he was one of the greater promoters of what I call real American music.”



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