Bob Lind

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Bob Lind
Birth name Robert Neale Lind
Born (1942-11-25) November 25, 1942 (age 72)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Genres Folk
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1965–present
Labels World Pacific Records
Website Official website

Bob Lind (born Robert Neale Lind, November 25, 1942, Baltimore, Maryland, United States) is an American folk music singer-songwriter, who helped define the 1960s folk rock movement in America and England.[1] Lind is best known for his transatlantic hit record, "Elusive Butterfly",[2] which reached number 5 on both the US and UK charts in 1966. Many musicians have recorded songs by Lind, who continues to write, record and perform.


In 1965, Lind signed a recording contract with Liberty Records' subsidiary, World Pacific Records, and it was on that label that he recorded "Elusive Butterfly." The single might have done even better on the UK Singles Chart had there not been competition from established Irish recording artist Val Doonican, who released a cover version of the song at the same time. In the end, both versions of "Elusive Butterfly" made number 5 in the UK in 1966.[3][4] Lind also wrote "Cheryl's Goin' Home," which was covered by Adam Faith, the Blues Project, Sonny & Cher, John Otway, the Cascades and others. Lind compositions were eventually covered by more than 200 artists including Cher, Glen Campbell, Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton, Eric Clapton, Nancy Sinatra, The Four Tops, Richie Havens, Hoyt Axton, The Kingston Trio, Johnny Mathis, The Rokes (with the Italian cover "Ma che colpa abbiamo noi") and Petula Clark.[5][6]

Plagued by drug and alcohol problems, Lind gained a reputation in the business for being "hard to work with." In 1969, Lind severed ties with World Pacific. Three years later, Capitol Records released Since There Were Circles, an album that was well received by critics but not commercially successful. Lind dropped out of the music industry for a number of years.[7] He was a friend of the writer Charles Bukowski, who turned him into the character "Dinky Summers" in his 1978 novel Women and other writings.[8]

In 1988, he moved to Florida. He wrote five novels, an award winning play, and a screeenplay, Refuge, which won the Florida Screenwriters' Competition in 1991.[9]

For eight years he was a staff writer at the supermarket tabloids Weekly World News and Sun.[10]

Lind returned to music in 2004 when, at the urging of his friend Arlo Guthrie, he played the Guthrie Center in Becket, Mass.[11] Since then Lind has been touring.

Lind established an official website in 2006. That same year, RPM Records re-issued the album Since There Were Circles, and Lind self-released the Live at Luna Star album featuring performances of new material. In 2007, Ace Records (UK) released Elusive Butterfly: The Complete 1966 Jack Nitzsche Sessions.

The British band, Pulp, have a song named after him: "Bob Lind (The Only Way Is Down)", from their album, We Love Life.[12] A Lind recording, "Cool Summer" was also included on the compilation album, The Trip, compiled by Pulp's Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey.

In 2009, filmmaker Paul Surratt completed a concert/documentary DVD called Bob Lind: Perspective.[13]

In October 2012, 41 years after the release of his last studio album, Lind issued a CD of new music that some critics[14] hailed as his best work ever: Finding You Again, produced by veteran rock guitarist Jamie Hoover of the Spongetones and released by Ace Records.

In November 2013, Lind was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, along with Judy Collins, the Serendipity Singers and Chris Daniels.[15]



Year Title Peak chart positions Record Label B-side Album
1965 "Elusive Butterfly" 5 5 World Pacific Records "Cheryl's Goin' Home" Don't Be Concerned
1966 "Remember the Rain" 64 46 "Truly Julie's Blues (I'll Be There)" (BB #65) Photographs of Feeling
"Hey Nellie Nellie" Verve Folkways Records "Wandering" The Elusive Bob Lind
"I Just Let It Take Me" 123 World Pacific Records "We've Never Spoken" Photographs of Feeling
"San Francisco Woman" 135 "Oh Babe Take Me Home"
"White Snow" Verve Folkways Records "Black Night" The Elusive Bob Lind
1967 "It's Just My Love" World Pacific Records "Goodtime Special"
"Goodbye Neon Lies" "We May Have Touched"
1971 "She Can Get Along" Capitol Records "Theme from the Music Box" Since There Were Circles


Year Album Billboard 200 Record Label
1966 Don't Be Concerned 148 World Pacific Records
Photographs of Feeling
The Elusive Bob Lind Verve Folkways Records
1971 Since There Were Circles Capitol Records
2012 Finding You Again Big Beat Records


  • Bob Lind: Perspective - Research Video (2009)


  1. ^ "Bob Lind's music helped define 'Folk Rock'". Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  2. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 40 - Ballad in Plain D: Bob Dylan. [1966] : UNT Digital Library" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  3. ^ "Val Doonican". Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  4. ^ "Retro Charts". 2000-03-16. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  5. ^ "Bob Lind songs covered by other artists". Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  6. ^ "Bob Lind of ‘Elusive Butterfly’ fame is elusive no more". 22 January 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-01. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "Bob Lind's favorite Links". Bob Lind Official Website. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "In Appreciation of… Bob Lind". Mr Douglas Anderson. 2010-05-17. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  10. ^ "All the News That Seemed Unfit to Print". 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  11. ^ "Interview with Bob Lind | Tending The Pale Bloom". 2010-03-07. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  12. ^ "Bob Lind (The Only Way Is Down) - Pulp | Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. 2001-10-22. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  13. ^ "Bob Lind Perspective (DVD)". Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  14. ^ "Bob Lind - Finding You Again". Goofin Records. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  15. ^ Solomon, Jon (2013-11-06). "The Colorado Music Hall of Fame's class of 2013". Retrieved 2014-03-07. 

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