Bobbie Sue (song)
|Single by The Oak Ridge Boys|
|from the album Bobbie Sue|
|Released||January 18, 1982|
|Writer(s)||Wood Newton, Dan Tyler and Adele Tyler|
|The Oak Ridge Boys singles chronology|
"Bobbie Sue" is a song written by Wood Newton, Dan Tyler and Adele Tyler, and recorded by American country music group The Oak Ridge Boys. It was released in January 1982 as the first single and title track to the group's album of the same name. That April, the song became the Oaks' sixth No. 1 single on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart.
In addition to its country success, "Bobbie Sue" also fared well on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 12 on that chart in the spring of 1982.
Song background and plot
The song is styled much in the vein of a late 1950s/early 1960s rock-and-roll song, as evidenced by its saxophone solo during the musical bridges.
"Bobbie Sue," named for the song's main character (and described as "the sweetest grape that ever grew on the vine"), is in a sense about an 18-year-old woman's sexual awakening. The role of boyfriend, the song's antagonist, is filled by the singer.
The first verse establishes that the antagonist had heard about Bobbie Sue from a friend, and he quickly spends as much time with her as possible. After turning 18, Bobbie Sue begins to rebel against her parents — Robert and Ruth — and decides to marry her boyfriend. Bobbie Sue's parents apparently disapprove of the relationship ("Her Daddy told her that she'd have to wait/Her Mama said don't make a big mistake"), but the young couple is determined to elope ("But we'll keep driving till we're out of state/And when they find us it'll be too late").
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||12|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||19|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
|Canadian RPM Singles||20|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Singles||1|
- Roland, Tom, "The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits." (Billboard Books, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1991 (ISBN 0-82-307553-2)).
- Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs: 1944-2005," 2006.
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