Rocker-turned-music mogul BOBBY POE has died at the age of 77.
The veteran musician passed away in Oklahoma on Saturday (22Jan11) after suffering a fatal blood clot.
Poe rose to fame in the 1950s, playing with singer-pianist 'Big' Al Downing and forming Bobby Poe & the Poe Kats. The band famously backed singer Wanda Jackson and played on many of her hits.
He later dropped out of performing and turned to music management, looking after bands such as The Chartbusters, the group which Tom Hanks credited with inspiring his 1996 film That Thing You Do!
In later years, Poe founded music industry tip sheets including the Pop Music Survey and ran a theatre showcasing country music talent.
Bobby Poe & the Poe Kats were inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
Poe is survived by his wife Ora Mae, a son and a daughter.