Music man Bobby Poe dies at 77

Ran music tip sheet after career in rockabilly

Bobby Poe, who ran an influential radio tip sheet after careers as a rock ‘n’ roll performer and songwriter, died Jan. 22 of a blood clot in Vinita, Okla. He was 77.

Poe played with black rockabilly singer-pianist Big Al Downing before forming Bobby Poe & the Poe Kats, which backed rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson in 1957-58. He went on to a career as an indie-label A&R and promotion man.

In 1968, Poe founded the tip sheet Pop Music Survey. His operation’s radio seminars and annual conventions became a hub for record biz movers and shakers of the old school and drew performances by top stars ranging from the Moody Blues to Crowded House.

After folding his publication in 1996, Poe ran a music theater, the Grand Grove Opry, in Oklahoma.

He is survived by wife Ora Mae, a son and a daughter.