Bobby Bloom

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Bobby Bloom
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Bobby Bloom in 1970
Background information
Birth nameRobert Bloom
BornJanuary 15, 1946 (1946-01-15)
Brooklyn, New York City, US
DiedFebruary 28, 1974 (1974-03-01) (aged 28)
Hollywood, California, US
GenresPop, calypso, rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years activeEarly 1960s–1974
LabelsPolydor
Buddah
Kama Sutra
L&R

Robert Bloom (January 15, 1946 [1] – February 28, 1974) was an American[1] singer-songwriter. He is known best for being a one-hit wonder with the 1970 song, "Montego Bay", which was co-written with and produced by Jeff Barry.

Biography[edit]

Bloom was born in Brooklyn, New York City. In the early 1960s, while still in his teens, Bloom had been a member of the doo-wop group, The Imaginations. [2][3] He received a big break in 1969 when he was awarded a contract to write and record a jingle for Pepsi, paving the way for his later success with "Montego Bay." He also played a role as a songwriter for the Kama Sutra/Buddah group of labels,[4] co-writing "Mony Mony" for Tommy James and the Shondells and, with Jeff Barry, "Sunshine" for The Archies.[4] Bloom co-wrote songs with Jeff Barry and Neil Goldberg for the Monkees' album Changes and their 1971 single "Do It in the Name of Love". He often recorded demos of his songs at the recording studio of MAP City Records, owned by friends Peter Anders and Vincent “Vini” Poncia Jr., with chief engineer Peter H. Rosen[5][not in citation given] at the controls. Early solo projects included "Love Don't Let Me Down" and "Count on Me."[4]

The recordings that followed his success with "Montego Bay" in 1970, "Heavy Makes You Happy," which became a hit for the Staple Singers in 1971, "Where Are We Going" and The Bobby Bloom Album all used the same combination of pop, calypso, and rock.[4]

Death[edit]

Having suffered from depression towards the end of his life, Bloom died on February 28, 1974 in an accidental shooting at his home in Hollywood, at the age of 28.[4]

Bloom had accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun. The surviving members of Bloom's family did not believe Bloom would have shot himself, and the investigation never followed up on leads.[6] Jeff Barry learned later he was the sole beneficiary of Bloom's life insurance policy.[7]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles
Title Label Year Notes
"I Still Remember" / "Rough And Tough" Kapp 710 1965 [9]
"Love, Don't Let Me Down" / "Where Is The Woman" Kama Sutra KA 223 1967
"Count On Me" / "Was I Dreamin'" Kama Sutra KA 229 1967
"All I Wanna Do Is Dance" / "Taggin' Along" White Whale WW 285 1968
" Jill" / "Don't Try To Climb My Tree" Buddah BDA 96 1969
"Turn On" / "Heaven Sent" Buddah BDA 110 1969
"Sign Of The V" / "Heidi" Earth E-106 1969
"Montego Bay" / "Try A Little Harder" L&R LR 157 1970 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #8
UK #3
"Make Me Happy" / "This Thing I've Gotten Into" MGM K 14212 1970
"Where Are We Going" / "Of Yesterday" Roulette R-7095 1971 U.S. #84
"Heavy Makes You Happy" / "Careful To Not Break The Spell" MGM K 14229 1971 UK #31
"We're All Goin' Home" / "Careful Not To Break The Spell" MGM K 14246 1971
"We Need Each Other" / "You Touch Me" MGM K 14292 1971
"(It's) Emergency" / "Again N' Again" Map City MC 306 1971
"I Really Got It Bad For You" / "Until They Say Mercy" MGM K 14343 1972
"Sha La Boom Boom" / "Stay On Top" MGM K 14437 1972
"Island" / "Oh, I Wish You Knew" MGM K14614 1973
"Layla" / "Montego Bay" Eric 6104 1986 side 1 is by
Derek And The Dominos
"Montego Bay" / "Don't Let The Rain Come Down" Collectables COL 4250 side 2 is by
The Serendipity Singers
"Montego Bay" / " Make Me Happy" MGM Golden Circle KGC-224
"Montego Bay" / "Love Is a Hurtin' Thing" Gold Soul GS 15 side 2 is by
Lou Rawls
"I'd Like to Teach the World To Sing" / "Montego Bay" Hit Parade HIT 101 Side 1 is by
The Originals[10][11][12][1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 64. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles 1955-2002 (1st ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 66. ISBN 0-89820-155-1.
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of Pop Music Aliases, 1950-2000, By Bob Leszczak - Page 33 BOBBY BLOOM
  4. ^ a b c d e Proefrock, Stacia. "Bobby Bloom: Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  5. ^ "The History of Creativity Cafe and V.A.R.I.O.U.S." Creativity.net. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  6. ^ Jeremy Simmonds (2008). The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns, and Ham Sandwiches. Chicago Review Press. ISBN 978-1556527548. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-22. Retrieved 2008-07-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Discogs - Bobby Bloom, Discography, Albums
  9. ^ Global Dog Productions - 45 Discography for Kapp Records
  10. ^ Global Dog Productions - 45 Discography for M-G-M Records - 14000 series
  11. ^ 45Cat - Bobby Bloom - Discography, USA
  12. ^ Discogs - Bobby Bloom, Releases, Singles & EPs