Known as "Pops", he played with The Young Rascals, The Crusaders and the Macon Rhythm Section. The Young Rascals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame May 6, 1997. They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2005.
He has played on albums by Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Ron Wood, First Rate (at Lloyd's) Jarreau, Bobby Womack, Terry Bradds, Larry Carlton, Joe Sample, Smokey Robinson, Bette Midler, Greg Allman, Bob Dylan, B. B. King and Randy Crawford, among others
He has also toured with Bette Midler and Olivia Newton-John. Popwell appeared in the movie Hard to Hold with Rick Springfield.
Featured in the 1982 "Olivia Newton-John, Live" concert video. Company-writer of "Boy Meets World" with Rap star Erick Sermon.
Also wrote "Feelin Funky" on The Crusaders album Those Southern Knights.
Robert Popwell was born in Daytona, Florida. He has a brother who is an actor. Has three daughters. Resides in Nashville, Tennessee.