Bobby Hendricks

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Bobby Hendricks
Born February 22, 1938
Origin Columbus, Ohio
United States
Genres Rock 'n Roll, Rhythm and Blues
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1957 - Present
Labels Sue Records
Rhino/Atlantic Records
Cub Records
Alta Records
Collectables Records
Warner Music Group
United Artists Records
Time-Life Music
Ace Records UK
Bear Family Records
Various Indie Labels
Associated acts The Drifters, The Swallows, Bill Pinkney, The Flyers, The Sprites

Bobby Hendricks (born February 22, 1938, Columbus, Ohio)[1] is an American R&B singer who charted two hits in the late 1950s. Hendricks was a member of The Swallows, The Flyers, and sang lead with The Drifters before becoming a successful solo act (he sang The Drifters' "Drip Drop").

His single "Itchy Twitchy Feeling," which was covered by his former band soon after it began attracting radio airplay, hit the U.S. charts, reaching #5 on the Black Singles chart and #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958.[2] Hendricks's only other charting single, "Psycho," was a novelty song depicting a psychiatrist talking with a patient.[3] Psycho peaked at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960.[2] New York City disc jockey Dr. Jive (Tommy Smalls) was the voice of the psychiatrist on "Psycho."[4]

From 1961, off and on, through 2008, Bobby Hendricks worked as lead singer with Bill Pinkney's Original Drifters and appeared with them on PBS in the Doo Wop 51 television broadcast and Doo Wop Love Songs, singing "Stand By Me" with Bill Pinkney, Charlie Thomas, and Ben E. King.

Bobby Hendricks discography[edit]

45 RPM singles
  • Itchy Twitchie Feeling/A Thousand Dreams - Sue Records, 1958
  • Dreamy Eyes/Molly Be Good - Sue Records, 1958
  • Cast Your Vote/It's Misery - Sue Records, 1959
  • I'm A Big Boy Now/Good Things Will Come - Sue Records, 1959
  • Little John Green/Sincerely, Your Lover - Sue Records, 1959
  • City Of Angels/If I Just Had Your Love - Sue Records, 1960
  • Busy Flirtin'/I Want That - Sue Records, 1960
  • Psycho/Too Good To Be True - Sue Records, 1960
  • That's All I Got From You/I Got A Feeling - Alta Records, 1962 (with Jimmy Velvit)
  • My Picture/ You Drive Buddy - Patience Records. 1962 (recorded as The Sprites)
  • Let's Get It Over/Love In My Heart - Cub Records, 1963
  • I Watched You Slowly Slip Away / Let's Get It On - Stardust Records (year unknown)
  • I'm Coming Home/Every Other Night - Mercury Records (year unknown)
  • Let's Get It Over/Love In My Heart - MGM Records, 1963
Albums
Compilation albums (various artists)

(Albums that include at least one track by Bobby Hendricks)

  • Les Années 60 - Le Musée De S.L.C. (Volume 2) (2xLP)- United Artists Records (Itchy Twitchy Feeling)
  • The Rock 'N' Roll Era - The '50s: Rave On (2xLP, RM) - Time-Life Music, 1989 (Itchy Twitchy Feeling)
  • The Golden Age Of American Rock 'N' Roll: Special Novelty Edition - Ace Records UK, 2003 (Psycho)
  • Very Best Of The Drifters - Rhino Records, 1993 (Drip Drop)
  • Best Of Sue Records - Collectables Records, 1994 (Itchy Twitchy Feeling) and (A Thousand Dreams)
  • The Sue Records Story' [4-CD box set] - EMI UK, 1994 (Itchie Twitchie Feeling) +
  • Blowing The Fuse - 31 R&B Classics That Rocked The Jukebox In 1958 -Bear Family Records, 2006 (Itchy Twitchy Feeling)
  • Golden Age Of American Rock 'N Roll - Ace Records UK, 2003 (Psycho)
  • The Golden Age of American Rock 'N' Roll Vol. 6 - Ace Records UK, 1997 (Psycho)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bobby Hendricks at Allmusic
  2. ^ a b Billboard Singles, Allmusic
  3. ^ Review of Itchy Twitchy Feeling, Allmusic
  4. ^ http://www.bsnpubs.com/nyc/sue/suestory.html The Sue Records Story, by David Edwards and Mike Callahan