Singer Bobby Edwards (left) with wife Cherry Edwards and a fan
|Birth name||Robert Edward Moncrief|
|Born||January 18, 1926|
|Died||July 31, 2012 (age 86)|
|Associated acts||The Four Young Men|
Edwards was born in Anniston, Alabama to George Thomas Moncrief and Eva Murray Moncrief. After serving in the US Navy he became a singer with the stage name Bobby Edwards. He first became well-known with a 1959 Bluebonnet Records cover of "Jealous Heart", written by Jenny Lou Carson and had been a 1945 hit for Tex Ritter.
Not long after this release, Edwards joined a group known as The Four Young Men. The Four Young Men were initially a trio known as Darrell, Gib & Ernie (after members Darrell Cotton, Gib Guilbeau, and Ernie Williams); they released the singles "I Goof" and "Just or Unjust", which were local hits. After adding Wayne Moore, they became The Four Young Men, which Edwards then joined to become Bobby Edwards & the Four Young Men.
Their first record together was the Crest Records single "You're the Reason". The song became a nationwide U.S. hit, peaking at No. 4 Country and No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961. The tune was covered by Joe South and Hank Locklin in the wake of its success. Edwards then transferred to Capitol Records and released the sound-alike "What's the Reason", which peaked at No. 71 the following year. His third single was "Don't Pretend", which briefly made the Billboard country chart. Further single releases did not chart. By the end of the 1960s, Edwards had retired from music and returned to Anniston to raise a family, while operating a small recording studio.
The Four Young Men released further singles for Crest, including "You Been Torturing Me", "Just for Tonight", and "Don't Be Bashful Little Girl" (as The Young Men Four). Eddie Cochran played guitar on some of these recordings. They would later change their name to The Castaways, and became a popular act on the Las Vegas casino circuit.
It is widely known that Mr. Moncrief (Edwards) recorded and produced the only Country Music double sided (Back to Back) Evergreen award winning record with the headliner "You're the Reason" pressed in 1961.
|1961||"You're the Reason"||4||11|
|1962||"What's the Reason"||—||71|
- "Robert E. Moncrief Obituary: View Robert E. Moncrief's Obituary by The Anniston Star". Legacy.com. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
- Biography, Allmusic.com
- Billboard Singles, Allmusic.com