Bobby Wright

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Bobby Wright
Wright in 1970
Wright in 1970.
Background information
Birth name John Robert Wright
Also known as John Wright
Born (1942-03-30) March 30, 1942 (age 75)
Charleston, West Virginia
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1967–1979
Labels Decca
ABC
United Artists
Associated acts Johnnie Wright
Kitty Wells

John Robert "Bobby" Wright (born March 30, 1942 in Charleston, West Virginia) is an American country music singer. He is the youngest child and the only son of country singers Johnnie Wright and Kitty Wells, and brother of Ruby Wright. Most of his boyhood years were spent in Louisiana, since his parents were regular performers on the country music television program Louisiana Hayride. At age eight, Wright appeared with his parents on the show, and became part of their recordings three years later. The family went back to Nashville in 1958, because his parents became headliners at the Grand Ole Opry.[1][2]

Although Wright was an able guitarist and vocalist, he had little interest in a music career. He became interested in acting when he learned that Peter Tewksbury, a television and film director, had a role for a young Southern boy who could play the guitar. Wright made the trip to Hollywood to test for Tewksbury. While he did not get the role he went to California for, his screen test was seen by the producer of McHale's Navy, who cast him in the new television comedy as Willy Moss, the PT-73 radio operator, a role he played through the entire series.[2][3]

While McHale's Navy was still in production, Wright decided to give music a try, beginning by working with his mother on one of her 1965 albums. Unhappy with the Hollywood scene after McHale's Navy ended, he moved back to Nashville to start a music career.[1][2]

Bobby Wright recorded for Decca, ABC and United Artists Records between 1967 and 1979, charting 21 singles on the Hot Country Songs charts. "Here I Go Again", which reached number 13 in 1971, was his highest-charting release.[1]

Wright appeared with his parents at the International Festival of Country Music at Wembley in 1974, and returned to the United Kingdom with them for the Peterborough Country Music Festival in 1988. He is married to the former Brenda Kay Davis; the couple has two daughters, Theresa LeAnn and Kamela Lynn.[1][2][4][5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details
Here I Go Again

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country CAN Country
1967 "Lay Some Happiness on Me" 44 singles only
"That See Me Later Look" 67
1968 "Old Before My Time" 70
1969 "Upstairs in the Bedroom" 40
"Sing a Song About Love" 70
1970 "Take Me Back to the Goodtimes, Sally" 61 Here I Go Again
"Hurry Home to Me" 47
1971 "If You Want Me To, I'll Go" 74
"Here I Go Again" 13 21
"Search Your Heart" 54
1972 "Just Because I'm Still in Love with You" 60 singles only
1973 "If Not for You" 75
"Lovin' Someone on My Mind" 39
1974 "Seasons in the Sun" 24 73
"Everybody Needs a Rainbow" 56
"Baby's Gone" 55
1975 "I Just Came Home to Count the Memories" 75
1977 "Neon Lady" 79
"Playing with the Baby's Mama" 97
1978 "Takin' a Chance" 100
1979 "I'm Turning You Loose" 77
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Bobby Wright". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Bobby Wright". Birthplace of Country Music Association. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 476. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  4. ^ "The International Festivals of Country Music at Wembley". Stan Laudon. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Hurst, Jack (5 May 1988). "Olde England Holds Country Music Fair". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 11 January 2013.