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The Unofficial Bobby Goldsboro Page!!!

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Hi! And welcome to the ONLY shrine on the internet that worships the musical genius of Bobby Goldsboro! We at The Unofficial Bobby Goldsboro Page had been waiting so long for a page dedicated to Bobby we decided to do it ourselves. So here it is, filled with information about Bobby, what he is up to now, sound clips, pictures and lyrics to your favourite songs in FULL. Enjoy...

To find out more about the people who run this page, go to the sites of Tom Damms and Dave Hathaway.

Biography Of The Man Himself:

Between 1964 and 1973, as both singer and songwriter, Bobby Goldsboro produced an impressive array of hits. While his greatest success was attained during the turbulent years when the loudest rock and soul were on the rise, Goldsboro's music dissented fom the loud, the rowdy and the rebellious. He offered listeners hungry for tranquility a clean-cut image, a pleasant pop voice, and old-fashioned sentiment.

Born in 1941 in Florida, Bobby Goldsboro was first influenced by country music; his first instrument a ukulele, quickly gave way to guitar. When Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins burst on the scene Goldsboro caught the rock and roll bug and formed a band called The Webs. Dropping out of Auburn University in his second year to pursue a career in music, Goldsboro auditioned with The Webs for rockabilly great Roy Orbison. Orbison hired the band; for two years The Webs travelled with Orbison. Goldsboro gained invaluable experience during this period; the band opened for the Rolling Stones on their first US tour and toured Great Britain with The Beatles.

In 1962 Goldsboro signed a recording contract with Laurie Records as a solo act. The moderate success of Molly, his debut single, won him a contract with United Artists; his first single with that label, See The Funny Little Clown, made it into the top ten on the pop charts. In 1965 Little Things made it to the top fifteen, and between 1965 and 1968 Goldsboro had steady, moderate success on the pop charts with such originals as Voodoo Woman and It's Too Late.

But it wasn't until 1968 that Goldsboro broke into the number one spot with Bobby Russell's poignant Honey. The record was an enormous success. The top selling single of 1968, Honey sold eight million copies. It stayed at number one on the pop charts for five weeks; crossing over to the country charts, it was the number-one country hit for three weeks.

This crossover to country represented a significant transition in Goldsboro's career. His next release, an original entitled Autumn of My Life, made the top twenty on both the pop and country charts; from then on, country audiences would be at least as important to Goldsboro's success as pop audiences. His rendition of Mac Davis's Watching Scotty Grow, for example, hit the top ten on the country charts in 1971.

Summer (The First Time), which Goldsboro wrote about the film Summer of '42 [sic-ED NOTE: incorrect], was an international hit. And although he enjoyed many other country hits, much of Goldsboro's later success was based on film, television and other media; he hosted a syndicated television show; he wrote the song Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore for the film of the same name [sic-ED NOTE: incorrect]; and he released a book/cassette package.

During the years of his major pop and country hits, Bobby Goldsboro not only performed but also wrote an enormous number of popular songs - songs which went against the grain of prevailing trends and successfully embodied an old-fashioned pop sentiment.

Where Is He Now?

It is believed that Bobby is carrying on his TV work with a kids show entitled Swamp Critters Of Lost Lagoon.

This is a show in which Bobby adds the voices to all the characters, with such wonderful names as Billy Bob Possum and Joe Raccoon. Bobby also supplies the music for the show which has been going since 1995. We here in England don't even get to see it, so all you British fans write to the BBC to ensure they buy the rights and get it shown ASAP. Hey, maybe the BBC could trade the Teletubbies for Swamp Critters!

Pictures: Young And Old!

Click here to see a couple of photos of the man himself, both young and a when he was a little bit wiser!

Sound Clips Of Our Favourite Bobby Songs!

We have put three song snippets on this additional page for your listening pleasure. These are Honey, Leaving The Straight Life Behind and Watching Scotty Grow.

Unsure Of The Lyrics?

Here are the exact words to some of Bobby's greatest songs. Including: Watching Scotty Grow, Honey, Blue Autumn, Me And The Elephants and Summer (The First Time). Plus, many, many more

British Chart Information:

Honey - Number 2 - 17th April 1968 - In Top 40 for 15 weeks.

Summer (The First Time) - Number 9 - 4th August 1973 - In Top 40 for 10 weeks.

Hello Summertime - Number 14 - 3rd August 1974 - In Top 40 for 10 weeks.

Honey (re-issue) - Number 2 - 29th March 1975 - In Top 40 for 12 weeks.

Total weeks in British Top 40 - 47.

Bobby Discography

Click Here for a complete American discography of Bobby's albums and compilations.

Man Of Many Talents

Bobby has also turned his hand to acting, and receives a credit for his acting ability in the short film Lumpkin The Pumpkin.

Bobby Fans

Through the web we have met many people who are huge Bobby fans, or just like the odd song. So, we decided to create a page about these people. Follow this link for a list of those who share a common love of Bobby's music.

If you would like to be added to the Fans Page then drop us a line and we will be glad to add you, include some information about yourself (where you are from, email address, why you love Bobby etc) and we will add you to the list.

NEW...Bobby Interview!!!...NEW

Here is the full transcript of a recent article and interview with the man himself! Click here to read what Bobby has to say about music and TV!

NEW...Bobby And The Webs!...NEW

This is a brilliant piece sent in by Tom Pollard who worked with Bobby and his band The Webs way back in the early 60's. Click here to find out about this fascinating tale.

Swamp Critters Of Lost Lagoon

This is a TV show for children in which Bobby supplies the voices amongst other things. Click here for more information about the Swamp Critters.

Bobby In The Simpsons?

Well, not quite. But in one particular episode, when Homer is helping Bart make a soap box racer, Watching Scotty Grow is to be heard! Mind you, if Bobby were to be in The Simpsons who would bet against him looking like Ned Flanders?!!!

Bobby Listserve???

We here at The Unofficial Bobby Goldsboro Page may have the chance to start up our very own Bobby Goldsboro Listserve. Before we do we would like to canvass opinion, if we get enough votes for a listserve (i.e. there are enough people interested) then we will set it up. Drop us a line to vote...

Get In Touch

If you would like more information, or have anything we could add to the page, drop us a line. Also tell us if you like the page and have any suggestions for improvement.

Also, if anyone out there has any information on where we can purchase Bobby albums, or has any to sell, PLEASE get in touch. Thanks.

And Finally...

In the words of the man himself...BRLFQ spells mom and dad, but that ain't too bad, cos' that's ma boy.

Last updated - 23rd March 1998

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