19 People Who Had No Idea That Bobby Caldwell Is White

Surprise!

The Soul Train Music Awards aired on BET last night, and one of the highlights was the “blue eyed soul” segment.

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The tribute included the legendary Bobby Caldwell, singer of such classics as Open Your Eyes and What You Won’t Do For Love.

Caldwell’s music has been heavily sampled in the realm of hip hop, from Tupac to Common. Maybe that’s why these people were so shocked to find that Caldwell isn’t black.

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Wow! I had no idea Bobby Caldwell was white all these years. #SoulTrainAwards

— ericjunior (@Eric Junior)
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I had no damn clue! RT @FuzzFanTab: I wonder how many people just realized that Bobby Caldwell was White.

— bigred35 (@kai)
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I didnt know Bobby Caldwell was white lol

— ElinoreFishman (@Ted Sollitto)
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Say what?! Did not know Bobby Caldwell originally sang "What you won't do for love?". And I did not know he was white. #blueeyedsoulsingers

— Michztear (@Michelle Fajardo)
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I didn't kno Bobby Caldwell was white #SoulTrainAwards

— So_IIInsvn3 (@Nov14)
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Still can't believe Bobby Caldwell is white....

— TheDAWNminatrix (@DeAsia)
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This girl did not know Bobby Caldwell was white. Get it Bobby!! And STILL sounding amazing.

— KessyNicole (@Kessy)
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Wait....Bobby Caldwell is white????

— ebonirn (@Jo Anne Fair)
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I didn't know Bobby Caldwell was white omg #WhatYouWontDoForLove #bobbycaldwell #oldschool #music

— J3ssicaBurch (@Jessica L. Burch)
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Wow I never knew Bobby Caldwell was white. #GTFOH #SoulTrainAwards #DopeShow

— ShortyHoffa (@S. Hoffa)
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Yooooo, I know I was hella young when these songs came out..but I did NOT know Bobby Caldwell was white!!!! #SoulTrainAwards

— Nique_tha_Great (@Queen.)
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Ok why didn't I know Bobby Caldwell was white? #SoulTrainAwards #BlueEyedSoul #WhatYouWontDoForLove #ThatsMyJam

— TechLifeSteph (@Stephanie Humphrey)
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Bobby Caldwell is white?!

— TheDidster (@Brandon J Carswell)
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Bobby Caldwell is White?! Cool! #GoodMusicComesInAllColors #SoulTrainAwards

— _soulfuloflife_ (@Sachelle)
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Ok so call me dumb but I swear I didn't know Bobby Caldwell was white... Learn something new every day lmfao

— ThaPlatinumOne (@Shea Butta KB)
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I didn't know Bobby Caldwell was white. Don't matter, his song still slap. #SoulTrainAwards

— BrothaDoug (@Chris Douglas)

Just wait til they find out that Teena Marie wasn’t black, either!

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