Bobbie Sue (song)

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"Bobbie Sue"
Single by The Oak Ridge Boys
from the album Bobbie Sue
Released January 18, 1982
Format 7"
Recorded Fall 1981
Genre Country, Pop
Length 2:50
Label MCA
Writer(s) Wood Newton, Dan Tyler and Adele Tyler
Producer(s) Ron Chancey
The Oak Ridge Boys singles chronology
"(I'm Settin') Fancy Free"
"Bobbie Sue"
"So Fine"

"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[edit]

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").

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
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.
Preceded by
"She Left Love All Over Me"
by Razzy Bailey
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

April 3, 1982
Succeeded by
"Big City"
by Merle Haggard
Preceded by
"Mountain of Love"
by Charley Pride
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

April 3-April 10, 1982