The All American Boy

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"The All American Boy" is a 1958 talking blues song written and sung by Bobby Bare, but credited by Fraternity Records to Bill Parsons,[1] with songwriting credit to Bill Parsons and Orville Lunsford.[2] While Bare was in the army, Parsons lip synced the record on TV. The song reached #2 on the Billboard charts,[3] (It was kept from the #1 spot, by Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by The Platters).[4] Overseas, "The All American Boy" went to #22 on British charts.[1]

The song was inspired by the success and then conscription of Elvis Presley,[3] thus the Pop Chronicles music documentary used it as the theme song for its episodes focused on Presley.[2]

A cover version was recorded by Bob Dylan and The Band in 1967, officially released November 4, 2014 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete.


  1. ^ a b "Bobby Bare Bio | Bobby Bare Career". CMT. Retrieved 2013-06-18.
  2. ^ a b "Show 7 - The All American Boy: Enter Elvis and the rock-a-billies. [Part 1] : UNT Digital Library". 1969-03-23. Retrieved 2013-06-18.
  3. ^ a b Rockabilly: A Forty-Year Journey - Billy Poore - Google Books. 1998. ISBN 9780793591428. Retrieved 2013-06-18.
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