|Birth name||Charles Roberts|
|Died||January 14, 2005
, age 66|
Before he became famous in show business, Roberts served in the United States Navy and was a Navy champion boxer. He first got interested in singing by a country-oriented musician called Doug Fowlkes, who was in a band called the Airdales (US-navy slang for Navy pilots).
In 1967, he had a major Italian hit, "Stasera Mi Butto", which sold 3.7 million copies and won the Festivalbar. The song's success led to a 1967 motion picture of the same title, starring Roberts. He appeared subsequently in several other Italian films.
- "Italian fans rave for 'Bama Singer", UPI in The Beaver County Times, May 6, 1970.
- "Rocky Roberts, 66; Ex-Boxer Made a Hit Record, Movie in Italy", Los Angeles Times, January 16, 2005.
- "From the Music Capitals of the World: Milan", Billboard, September 30, 1967.
- Anselmo Núñez Marqués, Western a la Europea-: Un Plato Que Se Sirve Frío (Entrelineas Editores, 2006), ISBN 978-8498024326, pp. 123-125 (in Spanish). Excerpts available at Google Books.
- Randy Lewis, "Quentin Tarantino discusses the music of 'Django Unchained'", Los Angeles Times, December 25, 2012.