It's with a heavy heart that we announce that local musician Robert 'Bob' Pounds of Brown Betty passed away early this morning.

Robert Pounds is being mourned by his family, friends, and his peers in the local music scene as everyone is gradually learning of his sudden passing last night of a heart attack.

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Robert ‘Bob’ Pounds played in many El Paso bands over the years including the Sun Kings, Cool Arrows, AYB as well as singer and bassist in one of El Paso’s long-time favorite bar bands, Brown Betty.

Bob was not only a fixture in El Paso’s music scene – but he was also an all-state wrestling champ at Coronado High School as well as a linebacker and punter for the UTEP Miners football team. Later he would not only coach but also teach at Jefferson High School and Santa Teresa.

A couple of months ago before the coronavirus pandemic hit our community, he became a grandfather for the first time and just a few days before his passing he had bought a new guitar that he planned on using when the band could perform live once again - soon as the virus pandemic was over.

Two months ago unbeknownst to the band, Brown Betty would perform for the last time at a private party with the hopes of getting back on stage soon.

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At this time there is no word on services or how fans can pay tribute but something is coming together to honor Bob and also to comply with social distancing guidelines to maintain the health safety of our community.

Our deepest condolences go out to Robert ‘Bob’ Pounds family and friends, he is survived by his wife, Kerry, two sons, and a grandchild.