Watching Scotty Grow

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"Watching Scotty Grow"
Watching Scotty Grow - Bobby Goldsboro.jpg
Single by Bobby Goldsboro
from the album We Gotta Start Lovin' (retitled Watching Scotty Grow)'
B-side "Water Color Days"
Released October 22, 1970[1]
Format 7" (45 rpm)
Recorded April 10, 1970[1]
Genre Pop, country
Length 2:34
Label United Artists 50727
Songwriter(s) Mac Davis
Producer(s) Bob Montgomery
Bobby Goldsboro
Bobby Goldsboro singles chronology
"It's Gonna Change"
"Watching Scotty Grow"
"And I Love You So"

"It's Gonna Change"
"Watching Scotty Grow"
"And I Love You So"

"Watching Scotty Grow" is a song written by country music singer-songwriter Mac Davis. Although featured on Davis' 1972 album I Believe in Music, a more famous version of the song was performed by Bobby Goldsboro in 1970 and included on Goldsboro's album We Gotta Start Lovin.


Goldsboro had many pop music hit singles in the mid to late 1960s, including his chart-topping song, "Honey", in 1968. By the early 1970s, he had begun to achieve success on the country chart as well. According to Goldsboro, he met music producer Jerry Fuller one day in Los Angeles, and Fuller encouraged him to meet one of his associates in the music business, Mac Davis. When the two met, one of Davis' songs that stood out to Goldsboro was "Watching Scotty Grow". Goldsboro decided to record the song, but an executive with United Artists Records questioned the potential of releasing it as a single, stating that "I just don't think anyone will buy a record about a father and a son."[2]


After the release of Goldsboro's album We Gotta Start Lovin' in late 1970, "Watching Scotty Grow" began to receive attention from radio stations in the United States. Goldsboro stated: "They put it out and within two weeks, it was being played like a single."[2] The record label quickly issued a 45rpm, and the song began ascending American record charts during the Christmas shopping season. It reached the top of the Billboard Easy Listening chart on January 9, 1971, where it remained for six weeks.[2] The song also peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February of that year[3] and climbed to the top ten on the Billboard country music chart as well. The song was Goldsboro's tenth top 40 hit on the U.S. pop chart and his 12th in the Canadian RPM Magazine Top Singles charts.


Chart (1970-71) Peak
Australian "Go-Set" National Top 60 51
Canadian RPM Top Singles 5
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 7
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 11
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 7
U.S. Cash Box Top 100[4] 8

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  1. ^ a b "You've come a long way Bobby.", Billboard, October 5, 1974. p. BG-20. Accessed December 3, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications), page 91.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 259.
  4. ^ Cash Box Top 100, Cash Box, February 27, 1971. p. 4. Retrieved November 16, 2016.

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