Bob Eberly

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Eberly in 1963.

Bob Eberly (July 24, 1916, Mechanicville, New York – November 17, 1981, Glen Burnie, Maryland) was a big band vocalist, best known for his association with Jimmy Dorsey and his duets with Helen O'Connell.

Eberly was born Robert Eberle, but changed the spelling of his surname slightly to the homonymous Eberly. His younger brother Ray was also a big-band singer, most notably with Glenn Miller's orchestra.[1] Their father, John A. Eberle, was a policeman, sign-painter, and publican (tavern-keeper). Another brother, Al, was a Hoosick Falls, New York village trustee.[2]

He recorded the original version of "I'm Glad There Is You" in 1942 with Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra on Decca Records, 4197B. The song subsequently became a jazz and pop standard.

In 1953, Eberly and Helen O'Connell headlined a summer replacement program for Perry Como's CBS television show. The program also featured Ray Anthony and his orchestra.[3]


Eberly was married to Florine Callahan from January 23, 1940 until his death in 1981; the couple had 3 children.[citation needed]

Last years and death[edit]

In 1980 Eberly had one lung removed but still continued to sing. He died of a heart attack in 1981 in Glen Burnie, Maryland, aged 65.[1]

Notable Recordings[edit]

Decca 78, "It's The Dreamer In Me", 1733B, 1938.


  1. ^ a b Bob Eberly profile,; accessed August 7, 2015.
  2. ^ Ray Eberle/Bob Eberly profile
  3. ^ Warren, Jill (July 1953). "What's New from Coast to Coast" (PDF). Radio-TV Mirror 40 (2): 5. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 

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