Fla. singer of 'I'm Your Puppet' dies at 72

January 4, 2012 - 2:11 PM

Robert Dickey, a guitarist and singer in the group that recorded the 1960s hit song "I'm Your Puppet," has died.

The 72-year-old died in his home town of Tallahassee on Dec. 29. No cause of death was given.

Dickey began his musical career during the '60s and he became part of the soul group "James and Bobby Purify." The duo had its biggest hit in the fall of 1966 when "I'm Your Puppet" hit the Top 10. The group also had a hit with a rendition of "Shake Your Tail Feather."

Dickey returned to Tallahassee in 1972. He became a city maintenance supervisor but he also kept singing and playing guitar with his church and as a member of the Bethlehem Male Singers.