Wrong Place community is saddened to learn that our friend, Robert
Nelson, who entertained thousands as Bob The Juggler and
The Butterfly Man, has passed away in Hawaii. We were introduced
to Robert as ‘Bob The Musical Juggler’ by Leather and
Eugene Autry, who said, “Bob shows you what the music sounds
like.” He juggled in time to Autry’s funky, syncopated
guitar and it was mesmerizing.
Duren remembered that Charlie Blue called him on the phone during
the last days of the Wrong Place to say that he had hired a new act
for the bar. KD asked him what sort of act it was, and Charlie replied,
“He’s a Rock & Roll Juggler.” Bob then performed
several times at the old Wrong Place before the doors closed forever.
New Orleans, Robert went on to perform at San Francisco's Pier 39.
From there he built a career and a life that took him around the world,
won him multiple awards, and entertained and delighted the multitudes.
Robert was highly regarded amongst those who shared his passion and
profession. Here are some links to the story of his later years.