Bobby Day

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Bobby Day
Birth nameRobert James Byrd
Born(1928-07-01)July 1, 1928
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
DiedJuly 27, 1990(1990-07-27) (aged 62)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, record producer
Instrument(s)Vocals, piano, keyboards
Years active1950–1990

Robert James Byrd (July 1, 1928[1] – July 27, 1990),[2] known by the stage name Bobby Day, was an American singer, multi-instrumentalist, music producer, and songwriter. He is best known for his hit record "Rockin' Robin", written by Leon René under the pseudonym Jimmie Thomas.[3]


Born in Fort Worth, Texas, United States,[4] Day moved to Los Angeles, California, at the age of 15.[4] His first recording was "Young Girl" in 1949 in the R&B group, The Hollywood Flames, released in 1950 on the Selective Label. He went several years with minor musical success limited to the West Coast. He recorded under numerous other names: The Jets, The Voices, The Sounds, The Crescendos, and as the original "Bob" in the duo Bob & Earl with singer Earl Nelson. As a member of The Flames,[3] he used the stage name Bobby Day. His penned song, "Buzz Buzz Buzz" was that outfit's first and biggest success.[4] In 1957, Day formed his own band called the Satellites, following which he recorded three songs that are seen today as rock and roll classics.[5]

Day's best known songwriting efforts were "Over and Over", later made popular by The Dave Clark Five in 1965,[6][7] and "Little Bitty Pretty One", popularized by Thurston Harris in 1957,[8] Frankie Lymon in 1960, Clyde McPhatter in 1962, and the Jackson Five in 1972. However, Day is most remembered for his 1958 solo recording of the Hot 100 No. 2 hit, "Rockin' Robin",[4] written by Leon Rene under the pseudonym Jimmie Thomas. It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold record.[9] "Rockin' Robin" was a song covered by Bob Luman at Town Hall Party on October 28, 1958, The Hollies in 1964, Gene Vincent in 1969, Michael Jackson in 1972, and by McFly in 2006.

In 2012–2013, his uncharted recording, "Beep-Beep-Beep", was the musical soundtrack for a Kia Sorento television commercial shown nationwide in the U.S.

Day died of prostate cancer on 27 July 1990, at the age of 62, and is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.[10]


Year Title Recording as Chart positions Release date
1950 "Young Girl" / "Please Tell Me Now" The Flames
1952 "Wheel of Fortune" / "Later" The Four Flames
1957 "Buzz Buzz Buzz" The Hollywood Flames 11 5 October 1957
1957 "Little Bitty Pretty One" Bobby Day and the Satellites 57 August 1957
1958 "Rockin' Robin" Bobby Day 2 1 June 27, 1958
"Over and Over" Bobby Day 41 1 June 27, 1958
"The Bluebird, The Buzzard, and The Oriole" Bobby Day 54 November 26, 1958
1959 "That's All I Want" Bobby Day 98 February 1959
"Gotta a New Girl" Bobby Day 82 May 1959
1960 "Gee Whiz" Bob and Earl 103


  • Rockin' With Robin (1959)
  • The Best of Bobby Day (1984)
  • The Original Rockin' Robin (1987)
  • The Great Bobby Day (1994)
  • Rockin' Robin (1994)
  • The Best of Bobby Day (2001)
  • The Very Best Of (2016)
  • Robins, Bluebirds, Buzzards & Orioles - The Bobby Day Story (2021)

Rockin' With Robin[edit]

Rockin' With Robin was Day's first studio album. He released it in 1959 with Little Bitty Pretty One (1957) and Rockin' Robin (1958).

Rockin' With Robin
Studio album by
Bobby Day
GenreRock and roll, Rhythm and blues
Singles from Rockin' With Robin
  1. "Little Bitty Pretty One"
    Released: August 1957
  2. "Rockin' Robin / Over and Over"
    Released: June 1958
Side One
1."Rockin' Robin"Leon René2:25
2."Darlin' If I Had You"Bobby Day2:05
3."Sweet Little Thing"Bobby Day2:26
4."Saving My Love for You"Bobby Day2:29
5."Little Turtle Dove"Bobby Day2:50
6."Over and Over"Bobby Day2:20
Side Two
1."Little Bitty Pretty One"Bobby Day2:37
2."Come Seven"Ben Ellison, Leon René, Otis René2:59
3."Honeysuckle Baby"Leon René2:50
4."When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano"Leon René2:48
5."Beep Beep Beep"Jeanne Vikki, Leon René, Bobby Day2:35
6."So Long Baby"Leon René2:59

Television appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Talevski, Nick (May 2006). Rock Obituaries: Knocking On Heaven's Door. London: Omnibus Press. pp. 123–124. ISBN 978-1846090912.
  2. ^ Staff (July 30, 1990). "SINGER BOBBY DAY DIES OF CANCER AT AGE 60". Retrieved August 22, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 1990 – 1991". Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 648/9. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  5. ^ "Bobby Day Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  6. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 188. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  7. ^ Chris Kenner. "Greatest Hits - The Dave Clark Five : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  8. ^ "Little Bitty Pretty One – Thurston Harris : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  9. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 100. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  10. ^ Boyer, Edward J. (July 30, 1990). "Bobby Day; Had No. 2 Hit With 'Robin'". Los Angeles Times.

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