January 18, 1941 |
Marianna, Florida, United States
|Genres||Country, Adult Contemporary, Pop|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, guitarist, painter, television producer|
|Labels||United Artists, Curb|
Bobby Goldsboro (born January 18, 1941) is an American country and pop singer-songwriter. He had a string of pop and country hits in the 1960s and 1970s, including his signature No. 1 hit "Honey", which sold over one million copies in the United States.
Goldsboro was born in Marianna, Florida. In 1941, Goldsboro's family moved 35 miles north from Marianna to Dothan, Alabama. He graduated from Dothan High School in 1959 and later enrolled at Auburn University. Goldsboro left college after his second year to pursue a musical career. He played guitar for Roy Orbison from 1962 to 1964 while releasing a few unsuccessful singles.
Goldsboro's solo career picked up steam with the top ten hit "See the Funny Little Clown". The single, written by Goldsboro, reached No. 9 on the U.S. national charts in early 1964. It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc. It was to be the first of a string of similar awards. Goldsboro would go on to have 11 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and 12 on the country chart. In 1966 he recorded "Too Many People" with "It's Too Late" on the B-side. Although Goldsboro was not a prolific performer of dance music, both of these songs were popular within Northern soul and were played at Wigan Casino. His biggest hit was 1968's "Honey", a maudlin tearjerker about the death of a man's young wife. The song, written by Bobby Russell, was recorded in one take. It topped the Hot 100 for five weeks, reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart on two separate occasions (1968 and 1975), and was a No. 1 single in Australia, selling in excess of one million copies there. It also became his first country hit and marked a career transition, as his songs became more successful on the country chart than on the pop side. Bobby remained a fixture in the country top 40 into the early 1980s.
One of Goldsboro's compositions, "With Pen in Hand", was recorded by several artists, including a Grammy-nominated pop version by Vikki Carr that reached the "Top 40", in 1969; Johnny Darrell had taken the song to No. 3 on the US country chart a year earlier. Goldsboro's "The Cowboy and the Lady" became a "Top 10" country hit as "The Cowgirl and the Dandy" for Brenda Lee in 1980; Dolly Parton had also covered it in 1977, and John Denver had a hit with the song in 1981.
"Summer (The First Time)", a 1973 reminiscence about a first sexual experience between a man and a woman twice his age, was a Top 25 hit in the U.S. and reached number 9 in the UK Top 50 and was Goldsboro's last top 40 hit on the Hot 100. Using a powerful repeating piano riff, 12-string guitar, some organ playing, and a dramatic orchestral string arrangement, the song was suggestive enough to spark some controversy. A followup, "Hello Summertime", was written by Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway and hit No. 14 in the UK in late 1974.
Goldsboro retired from full-time performing in the 1980s. In the 1990s, he scored the soundtrack to the CBS situation comedy Evening Shade. In 1995, he launched the children's television series The Swamp Critters of Lost Lagoon. Besides his musical activities, Goldsboro sells his paintings on his official website.
|1964||The Bobby Goldsboro Album||United Artists|
|I Can't Stop Loving You|
|1966||It's Too Late|
|The Romantic, Wacky, Soulful,
Rockin', Country, Bobby Goldsboro
|Our Way of Life (w/ Del Reeves)||28|
|1970||Muddy Mississippi Line||28||139|
|Bobby Goldsboro's Greatest Hits||34||103||82|
|1971||We Gotta Start Lovin'||20||120|
|Come Back Home||142|
|1973||Brand New Kind of Love||207|
|Summer (The First Time)||10||150|
|1974||10th Anniversary Album||174|
|1975||Through the Eyes of a Man|
|1976||A Butterfly for Bucky||37|
|1982||The Round-Up Saloon|
|US Country||US||US AC||CAN Country||CAN||CAN AC|
|1963||"Honey Baby" (Laurie 3148)|
|"Molly" (Laurie 3148)|
|"Light the Candles"|
|1964||"See the Funny Little Clown" 1||9||3||The Bobby Goldsboro Album|
|"Whenever He Holds You"||39||13|
|"Me Japanese Boy I Love You"||74||14||39||Little Things|
|"I Don't Know You Anymore"||105|
|1965||"Little Things" 1||13||4||4|
|"Voodoo Woman"||27||6||single only|
|"If You Wait for Love"||75||Broomstick Cowboy|
|"If You've Got a Heart"||60|
|"It's Too Late" 1||23||5||It's Too Late|
|"I Know You Better Than That"||56||47||Blue Autumn|
|"Take Your Love"||114|
|"It Hurts Me"||70||86|
|"Goodbye to All You Women"||102||singles only|
|"Trusty Little Herbert"|
|"Jo Jo's Place"||111|
|"Pledge of Love"||118||Blue Autumn|
|"Dime at a Time" (w/ Del Reeves)||Our Way of Life|
|1968||"I Just Wasted the Rest" (w/ Del Reeves)||56|
|"Autumn of My Life"||15||19||2||2||11||Word Pictures|
|"The Straight Life"||37||36||6||7||19|
|1969||"Glad She's a Woman"||49||61||7||44||Today|
|"I'm a Drifter"||22||46||14||36||9|
|"Muddy Mississippi Line"||15||53||10||1||37||16||Muddy Mississippi Line|
|"Take a Little Good Will Home" (w/ Del Reeves)||31||31||Our Way of Life|
|1970||"Mornin Mornin"||56||78||23||64||18||Muddy Mississippi Line|
|"Can You Feel It"||71||75||8||Bobby Goldsboro's Greatest Hits|
|"It's Gonna Change"||108||38||single only|
|1971||"Watching Scotty Grow" 1||7||11||1||7||5||1||We Gotta Start Lovin'|
|"And I Love You So"||48||83||8||93||7||Come Back Home|
|"Come Back Home"||69||15||89||17|
|"Danny Is a Mirror to Me"||107||34|
|"A Poem for My Little Lady"||27|
|1972||"California Wine"||108||36||California Wine|
|"With Pen in Hand"||94||28||Bobby Goldsboro's Greatest Hits|
|1973||"Brand New Kind of Love"||116||37||40||Brand New Kind of Love|
|"Summer (The First Time)"||100||21||18||29||15||Summer (The First Time)|
|"I Believe the South Is Gonna Rise Again"
(w/ The TSU Chorus)
|62||Through the Eyes of a Man|
|"Hello Summertime"||79||8||46||Hello Summertime|
|1975||"And Then There Was Gina"||15||15||singles only|
|"I Wrote a Song (Sing Along)"||16||17|
|1976||"A Butterfly for Bucky"||22||101||7||7||12||A Butterfly for Bucky|
|1977||"Me and the Elephants"||82||104||6||10||Goldsboro|
|"The Cowboy and the Lady"||85|
|1979||"He'll Have to Go"|
|"Black Fool's Gold"|
|1980||"Goodbye Marie"||17||19||Bobby Goldsboro|
|1981||"Alice Doesn't Love Here Anymore"||20||34||41|
|"Love Ain't Never Hurt Nobody"||19||33|
|"The Round-Up Saloon"||31||38||The Round-Up Saloon|
|1982||"Lucy and the Stranger"||49|
Key: 1 Indicates titles that were awarded gold disc status.
- Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits, p.128-129. ISBN 0-8230-7632-6.
- Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. pp. 175, 191, 205, 240 & 279. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
- Whitburn, Joel (2000). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, p.267. ISBN 0-8230-7690-3.
- "Bobby Goldsboro – Too Many People". www.discogs.com. Retrieved June 14, 2011.
- Roland, Tom (1991). The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits, p.9. ISBN 0-8230-7553-2.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 230. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "The Art of Bobby Goldsboro". bobbygoldsboro.com.
- Wood, Gerry (1998). "Bobby Goldsboro". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 205.
- Official website
- Bobby Goldsboro at the Internet Movie Database
- Bobby Goldsboro discography at Discogs
- Bobby's recent radio interview show with Ronnie Allen