An American bass singer with the rhythm and blues vocal group the Drifters.
Hobbs joined the vocal group "The Five Crowns", led by Ben E. King, in 1956.
When the original lineup of the Drifters disbanded after five years, their manager, George Treadwell, recruited the Five Crowns to be "The New Drifters" and started their career by teaming them with the songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
It was Hobbs's smooth bass that opened the band's first big hit, "There Goes My Baby," and powered subsequent hits establishing the band as a soul standard-bearer. These included "Save the Last Dance for Me" and "This Magic Moment."
Hobbs was inducted into the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame along with the Drifters in 1990.
Died at Veterans Hospital in Manhattan. He was 59.
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