Bobby Sharp Scholarship Fund

The Bobby Sharp Memorial Scholarship Fund


Bobby Sharp was a singer, songwriter, and pianist who spent his final days making music and calling Alameda home. He penned the Ray Charles hit, “Unchain My Heart,” in 1960, which was a hit again in 1987 for Joe Cocker. With the success of the Ray Charles biopic, Ray, and the help of jazz vocalist Natasha Miller, Sharp’s songbook has come alive again in America’s jazz clubs and living rooms.

Sharp recorded 13 of his originals with a band (he both sings, and plays the piano on the CD) for Bobby Sharp—The Fantasy Sessions (his debut album, at age 80!), recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley and produced by Natasha Miller.

Bobby died in 2013 at the age of 88. His passing marked the end of a life filled with generosity toward friends, colorful storytelling about mid-century times in Los Angeles, New York, and California, and a long songwriting career.

Thanks to his creative partnership with fellow singer, songwriter, violinist Natasha Miller, Bobby Sharp lives on with us in The Bobby Sharp Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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