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Interview: Rob Paparrozi: The Honeydripper September 23, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Uncategorized.
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Another in the long list of lost interviews.

Rob “The Honeydripper” Paparozzi harp player and blues rapper extraordinaire, is one of the most sought after performers and studio musicians in the country. But getting started wasn’t easy for the “Honeydripper.” Timidity prevented him from answering this calling at first.

 “I contemplated majoring in music, but I’d walk past the music department and get scared, so I majored in sociology.” He’d always had an interest in music, playing mostly rock-based stuff since the ninth grade, influenced by two musical older brothers with equal enthusiasm. After graduation Paparozzi tackled the dreaded occupational blues by working as a juvenile probation officer for five years, despite the fact that his musical interests quickly expanded.

In 1967 he started playing and by 1969 he was opening for Sly and the Family Stone with his band. By the time they opened for B.B. King they were hungry, but confident.   For more on Rob Paparrozi