Bobby Goldsboro

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Bobby Goldsboro
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Bobby Goldsboro in 1967
Background information
Born (1941-01-18) January 18, 1941 (age 75)
Marianna, Florida, United States[1]
Genres Country, Adult Contemporary, Pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, guitarist, painter, television producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1962–present[1]
Labels United Artists, Curb[1]

Bobby Goldsboro (born January 18, 1941)[2] is an American pop and country singer-songwriter. He had a string of pop and country hits in the 1960s and 1970s, including his signature No. 1 hit "Honey", which sold over one million copies in the United States.


Early life[edit]

Goldsboro was born in Marianna, Florida.[2] In 1941, his family moved 35 miles north from Marianna to Dothan, Alabama.[1] He graduated from Dothan High School in 1959 and later enrolled at Auburn University. Goldsboro left college after his second year to pursue a musical career. He played guitar for Roy Orbison from 1962 to 1964.


Goldsboro's solo career picked up steam with the top ten hit "See the Funny Little Clown". The single, written by Goldsboro, reached No. 9 on the U.S. national charts in early 1964. It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc.[2] It was to be the first of a string of similar awards. Goldsboro would go on to have 16 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and 12 on the country chart.[1][3] In 1966 he recorded "It's Too Late" with "Too Many People" on the B-side. Although Goldsboro was not a prolific performer of dance music, both of these songs were huge hits on the Northern soul scene in Great Britain and were played extensively.[4] His biggest hit was 1968's "Honey", a tearjerker about the death of a man's lover.[1][3] The song, written by Bobby Russell, was recorded in one take.[5] It became the largest-selling record in the world for 1968 and topped the Hot 100 for five weeks, reached number two in the UK Singles Chart on two separate occasions (1968 and 1975),[6] and was a number one single in Australia.[2] It also became his first country hit.[citation needed]

One of Goldsboro's compositions, "With Pen in Hand", was recorded by several artists, including a Grammy-nominated pop version by Vikki Carr that reached the Hot 100's top 40 in 1969; Johnny Darrell had taken the song to No. 3 on the US country chart a year earlier.[7] In 1970 Della Reese included a cover on her album Black Is Beautiful. Goldsboro's "The Cowboy and the Lady" became a "Top 10" country hit as "The Cowgirl and the Dandy" for Brenda Lee in 1980; Dolly Parton had also covered it in 1977, and John Denver had a hit with the song in 1981.

"Summer (The First Time)", a 1973 reminiscence about a 17-year-old boy's first sexual experience with a 31-year-old woman, was a Top 20 hit in the U.S. and reached number 9 in the UK.[8] It was voted the all-time greatest "summer" song in England's history.[citation needed] Using a repeating piano riff, 12-string guitar, and an orchestral string arrangement, the song was suggestive enough to spark some controversy[clarification needed]. A follow-up, "Hello Summertime", was written by Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway and hit No. 14 in the UK in late 1974.[6][8]

From 1973 to 1975, Goldsboro hosted the successful syndicated television variety series The Bobby Goldsboro Show. In the 1990s, he composed the music for the CBS situation comedy Evening Shade. In 1995, he created the fifty-two episode children's television series The Swamp Critters of Lost Lagoon. Goldsboro voiced all the characters, wrote all the scripts, and played all the musical instruments.[9] Goldsboro is also an accomplished oil painter.[10]



Year Album Chart Positions RIAA Label
US Country US CAN
1964 The Bobby Goldsboro Album United Artists
I Can't Stop Loving You
1965 Little Things
Broomstick Cowboy
1966 It's Too Late
Blue Autumn
1967 Solid Goldsboro 165
The Romantic, Wacky, Soulful,
Rockin', Country, Bobby Goldsboro
Our Way of Life (w/ Del Reeves) 28
1968 Honey 1 5 41 Gold
Word Pictures 116
1969 Today 34 60
1970 Muddy Mississippi Line 28 139
Bobby Goldsboro's Greatest Hits 34 103 82
1971 We Gotta Start Lovin' 20 120
Come Back Home 142
1972 California Wine 214
1973 Brand New Kind of Love 207
Summer (The First Time) 10 150
1974 10th Anniversary Album 174
Hello Summertime
1975 Through the Eyes of a Man
1976 A Butterfly for Bucky 37
1977 Goldsboro Epic
1981 Bobby Goldsboro 54 Curb
1982 The Round-Up Saloon


Year Single (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Chart Positions Album
1962 "You Better Go Home"
b/w "Lonely Traveler"
Non-album tracks
b/w "Honey Baby"
70 60 17
1963 "The Runaround"
b/w"The Letter"
"That's What Love Will Do"
b/w "Light The Candles (Throw The Rice)"
"See the Funny Little Clown" 1
b/w "Hello Loser"
9 10 3 The Bobby Goldsboro Album
1964 "Whenever He Holds You"
b/w "If She Was Mine" (from Little Things)
39 41 13
"Me Japanese Boy I Love You"
b/w "Everyone But Me" (from I Can't Stop Loving You)
74 83 14 39 Little Things
"I Don't Know You Anymore"
b/w "Little Drops Of Water"
105 136
"Little Things" 1
b/w "I Can't Go On Pretending" (from I Can't Stop Loving You)
13 12 4 4
1965 "Voodoo Woman"
b/w "It Breaks My Heart"
27 27 6 Broomstick Cowboy
"If You Wait For Love" / 75 97
"If You've Got A Heart" 60 58
"Broomstick Cowboy"
b/w "Ain't Got Time For Happy"
53 52 20
1966 "It's Too Late" 1
b/w "I'm Goin' Home" (from Broomstick Cowboy)
23 28 5 It's Too Late
"I Know You Better Than That"
b/w "When Your Love Has Gone" (from It's Too Late)
56 77 23 Blue Autumn
"Take Your Love"
b/w "Longer Than Forever"
114 123
"It Hurts Me"
b/w "Pity The Fool" (from Little Things)
70 100 86
"Blue Autumn"
b/w "I Just Don't Love You Anymore" (from It's Too Late)
35 37 71
1967 "Goodbye To All You Women" / 102 103 Pledge of Love
"Love Is" 122
"Trusty Little Herbert"
b/w "Three In The Morning" (from Autumn Of My Life)
This Is Bobby Goldsboro
"Jo Jo's Place" / 111 Non-album track
"Pledge Of Love" 118 109 Blue Autumn
1968 "I Just Wasted The Rest"
b/w "Our Way Of Life"
Both sides: Del Reeves & Bobby Goldsboro
56 Our Way Of Life
"Honey" 1
b/w "Danny" (from Word Pictures)
1 1 1 1 1 1 Honey
"Autumn of My Life"
b/w "She Chased Me" (from Blue Autumn)
15 19 14 2 2 11 Word Pictures
"The Straight Life"
b/w "Tomorrow Is Forgotten" (from Today)
37 36 29 6 7 19
"Look Around You (It's Christmas)"
b/w "A Christmas Wish" (Non-album track)
1969 "Glad She's A Woman"
b/w "Letter To Emily" (from Word Pictures)
49 61 45 7 44 Today
"I'm a Drifter"
b/w "Hoboes and Kings
22 46 44 14 36 9
"Muddy Mississippi Line"
b/w "Richer Man Than I" (from Today)
15 53 46 10 1 37 16 Muddy Mississippi Line
"Take A Little Good Will Home"
b/w "She Thinks I Still Care"
Both sides: Bobby Goldsboro & Del Reeves
31 31 Our Way Of Life
1970 "Mornin' Mornin'"
b/w "Requiem" (from We Gotta Start Lovin')
56 78 78 23 64 18 Muddy Mississippi Line
"Can You Feel It"
b/w "Time Good, Time Bad" (from Muddy Mississippi Line)
71 75 98 8 Bobby Goldsboro's Greatest Hits
"It's Gonna Change"
b/w "Down On The Bayou"
108 38 We Gotta Start Lovin'
"My God and I"
b/w "World Beyond"
"Watching Scotty Grow" 1
b/w "Water Color Days"
7 11 8 1 7 5 1
1971 "And I Love You So"
b/w "The Gentle Of A Man"
48 83 91 8 93 7 Come Back Home
"Come Back Home"
b/w "I'll Remember You"
69 74 15 89 17
"Danny Is A Mirror To Me" / 107 119 34
"A Poem For My Little Lady" 130 27
1972 "California Wine"
b/w "To Be With You"
108 113 36 California Wine
"With Pen in Hand"
b/w "Southern Fried Singin' Sunday Morning" (from California Wine)
94 87 28 Bobby Goldsboro's Greatest Hits
1973 "Brand New Kind Of Love"
b/w "Country Feelin's" (from California Wine)
116 104 37 40 Brand New Kind Of Love
"Summer (The First Time)"
b/w "Childhood-1949" (from Brand New Kind Of Love)
100 21 17 18 19 15 Summer (The First Time)
b/w "Sing Me A Smile"
52 101 76 70
1974 "I Believe The South Is Gonna Rise Again"
(w/ The TSU Chorus)
b/w "She" (from Summer (The First Time))
62 Through The Eyes Of A Man
b/w "And Then There Was Gina"
"Hello Summertime" / 79 112 8 46 Hello Summertime
1975 "And Then There Was Gina" 15 15 Through The Eyes Of A Man
"I Wrote A Song (Sing Along)"
b/w "You Pull Me Down" (from Through The Eyes Of A Man)
16 17 A Butterfly For Bucky
1976 "A Butterfly For Bucky"
b/w "Another Night Alone"
22 101 102 7 7 12
b/w "She Taught Me How To Live Again"
1977 "Me and The Elephants"
b/w "I Love Music"
82 104 6 10 Goldsboro
"The Cowboy and The Lady"
b/w "Me and Millie"
1979 "He'll Have To Go"
b/w "Too Hot To Handle" (Non-album track)
"Black Fool's Gold"
b/w "Life Gets Hard On Easy Street"
1980 "Goodbye Marie"
b/w "Love Has Made A Woman Out Of You"
17 19 Bobby Goldsboro
1981 "Alice Doesn't Love Here Anymore"
b/w "Green Eyed Woman, Nashville, Blues"
20 34 41
"Love Ain't Never Hurt Nobody"
b/w "Wings Of An Eagle"
19 33
"The Round-Up Saloon"
b/w "Green Eyed Woman, Nashville, Blues" (from Bobby Goldsboro)
31 38 The Round-Up Saloon
1982 "Lucy and The Stranger"
b/w "Out Run The Sun"

Key: 1 Indicates titles that were awarded gold disc status.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits, p.128-129. ISBN 0-8230-7632-6.
  2. ^ a b c d e Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. pp. 175, 191, 205, 240 & 279. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  3. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2000). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, p.267. ISBN 0-8230-7690-3.
  4. ^ "Bobby Goldsboro – Too Many People". Retrieved June 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ Roland, Tom (1991). The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits, p.9. ISBN 0-8230-7553-2.
  6. ^ a b British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 230. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ "Hot Country Singles", Billboard, July 6, 1968. p. 36
  8. ^ a b "Bobby Goldsboro". Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Bobby Goldsboro Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "The Art of Bobby Goldsboro". 


  • Allmusic
  • Wood, Gerry (1998). "Bobby Goldsboro". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 205.

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