Thursday, January 24, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Bobby Goldsboro

Artist:Bobby Goldsboro
Album:The Best Of Bobby Goldsboro: Honey

Singer songwriter Bobby Goldsboro had a good run in the 60s. Honey was his biggest hit. It topped the pop and country charts in 1968. He was born Jan. 18, 1941 in Marianna, FL and grew up in Dothan, AL. He moved to Nashville after his second year of college and was a member of Roy Orbison's backing band The Candymen from 1962 to 1964. Goldsboro released a few unsuccessful singles while still in Orbison's band. But then he had a top ten hit in 1964 with See The Funny Little Clown. He left Orbison's band and signed with United Artists Records. That was his biggest hit until Honey in 1968. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks and also topped the Country Singles chart. It was Goldsboro's first country hit. Honey was written by veteran songwriter Bobby Russell who also wrote Little Green Apples for O.C. Smith. Goldsboro lived across the street from Russell's office at Acuff Rose Music in Nashville. The Newbeats lead singer Larry Henley told Goldsboro about Honey and he went to Russell's office to hear it. He didn't like it at first but when he returned with producer Bob Montgomery, he changed his mind. Russell told them that Bob Shane of The Kingston Trio had already recorded Honey but Goldsboro could have it if Shane's recording wasn't a hit. The rest is history. Goldsboro continued to chart but his only other really big hit was Watching Scotty Grow in 1971. Goldsboro hosted his own TV variety show from 1973 to 1975. He left United Artists in 1977 and recorded for Epic and Curb without much success. Goldsboro retired from performing in the 80s. You can get all his hits on this comp. Bobby Goldsboro also had success as a songwriter. With Pen in Hand was a top five country hit for Johnny Darrell in 1969. He worked on the music for the CBS sitcom Evening Shade and created the children's TV series The Swamp Critters of Lost Lagoon. He has taken up painting and sells his art on his website. Here's Bobby Goldsboro performing Honey probably in the late 60s.

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