Bobby Goldsboro

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Bobby Goldsboro
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Bobby Goldsboro in 1967
Background information
Born(1941-01-18) January 18, 1941 (age 73)
Marianna, Florida, United States[1]
GenresCountry, Adult Contemporary, Pop
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, guitarist, painter, television producer
Years active1962–present[1]
LabelsUnited Artists, Curb[1]
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Bobby Goldsboro
Bobby Goldsboro.png
Bobby Goldsboro in 1967
Background information
Born(1941-01-18) January 18, 1941 (age 73)
Marianna, Florida, United States[1]
GenresCountry, Adult Contemporary, Pop
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, guitarist, painter, television producer
Years active1962–present[1]
LabelsUnited Artists, Curb[1]

Bobby Goldsboro (born January 18, 1941)[2] is an American pop and country singer-songwriter. He had a string of pop and country hits in the 1960s and 1970s, including his signature No. 1 hit "Honey", which sold over one million copies in the United States.


Early life[edit]

Goldsboro was born in Marianna, Florida.[2] In 1941, Goldsboro's family moved 35 miles north from Marianna to Dothan, Alabama.[1] He graduated from Dothan High School in 1959 and later enrolled at Auburn University. Goldsboro left college after his second year to pursue a musical career. He played guitar for Roy Orbison from 1962 to 1964.


Goldsboro's solo career picked up steam with the top ten hit "See the Funny Little Clown". The single, written by Goldsboro, reached No. 9 on the U.S. national charts in early 1964. It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc.[2] It was to be the first of a string of similar awards. Goldsboro would go on to have 16 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and 12 on the country chart.[1][3] In 1966 he recorded "It's Too Late" with "Too Many People" on the B-side. Although Goldsboro was not a prolific performer of dance music, both of these songs were huge hits with Northern soul in Great Britain and were played extensively.[4] His biggest hit was 1968's "Honey", a tearjerker about the death of a man's young wife.[1][3] The song, written by Bobby Russell, was recorded in one take.[5] It became the largest-selling record in the world for 1968 and topped the Hot 100 for five weeks, reached number two in the UK Singles Chart on two separate occasions (1968 and 1975),[6] and was a number one single in Australia.[2] It also became his first country hit.[citation needed]

From 1973 to 1975, Goldsboro hosted the successful syndicated television variety series The Bobby Goldsboro Show.

One of Goldsboro's compositions, "With Pen in Hand", was recorded by several artists, including a Grammy-nominated pop version by Vikki Carr that reached the "Top 40", in 1969; Johnny Darrell had taken the song to No. 1 on the US country chart a year earlier. Goldsboro's "The Cowboy and the Lady" became a "Top 10" country hit as "The Cowgirl and the Dandy" for Brenda Lee in 1980; Dolly Parton had also covered it in 1977, and John Denver had a hit with the song in 1981.

"Summer (The First Time)", a 1973 reminiscence about a 17-year-old boy's first sexual experience with a 31-year-old woman[citation needed], was a Top 20 hit in the U.S. and reached number 9 in the UK.[7] It was voted the all-time greatest "summer" song in England's history.[citation needed] Using a repeating piano riff, 12-string guitar, and an orchestral string arrangement, the song was suggestive enough to spark some controversy[clarification needed]. A follow-up, "Hello Summertime", was written by Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway and hit No. 14 in the UK in late 1974.[6][7]

In the 1990s, he composed the music for the CBS situation comedy Evening Shade. In 1995, he created the fifty-two episode children's television series The Swamp Critters of Lost Lagoon. Goldsboro voiced all the characters, wrote all the scripts, and played all the musical instruments.[8] Goldsboro is also an accomplished oil painter.[9]



YearAlbumChart PositionsRIAALabel
1964The Bobby Goldsboro AlbumUnited Artists
I Can't Stop Loving You
1965Little Things
Broomstick Cowboy
1966It's Too Late
Blue Autumn
1967Solid Goldsboro165
The Romantic, Wacky, Soulful,
Rockin', Country, Bobby Goldsboro
Our Way of Life (w/ Del Reeves)28
Word Pictures116
1970Muddy Mississippi Line28139
Bobby Goldsboro's Greatest Hits3410382
1971We Gotta Start Lovin'20120
Come Back Home142
1972California Wine214
1973Brand New Kind of Love207
Summer (The First Time)10150
197410th Anniversary Album174
Hello Summertime
1975Through the Eyes of a Man
1976A Butterfly for Bucky37
1981Bobby Goldsboro54Curb
1982The Round-Up Saloon


YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
1962"Molly"7017singles only
1963"Honey Baby" (Laurie 3148)
"Molly" (Laurie 3148)
"Lonely Traveler"
"Light the Candles"
"The Letter"
1964"See the Funny Little Clown" 193The Bobby Goldsboro Album
"Whenever He Holds You"3913
"Me Japanese Boy I Love You"741439Little Things
"I Don't Know You Anymore"105
1965"Little Things" 11344
"Voodoo Woman"276single only
"If You Wait for Love"75Broomstick Cowboy
"If You've Got a Heart"60
1966"Broomstick Cowboy"5320
"It's Too Late" 1165It's Too Late
"I Know You Better Than That"5623Blue Autumn
"Take Your Love"114
"It Hurts Me"7086
1967"Blue Autumn"3571
"Goodbye to All You Women"102singles only
"Trusty Little Herbert"
"Jo Jo's Place"111
"Pledge of Love"118Blue Autumn
"Dime at a Time" (w/ Del Reeves)Our Way of Life
1968"I Just Wasted the Rest" (w/ Del Reeves)56
"Honey" 111111Honey
"Autumn of My Life"15192211Word Pictures
"The Straight Life"37366719
1969"Glad She's a Woman"4961744Today
"I'm a Drifter"224614369
"Muddy Mississippi Line"15531013716Muddy Mississippi Line
"Take a Little Good Will Home" (w/ Del Reeves)3131Our Way of Life
1970"Mornin Mornin"5678236418Muddy Mississippi Line
"Can You Feel It"71758Bobby Goldsboro's Greatest Hits
"It's Gonna Change"10838single only
1971"Watching Scotty Grow" 1791751We Gotta Start Lovin'
"And I Love You So"48838937Come Back Home
"Come Back Home"69158917
"Danny Is a Mirror to Me"10734
"A Poem for My Little Lady"27
1972"California Wine"10836California Wine
"With Pen in Hand"9428Bobby Goldsboro's Greatest Hits
1973"Brand New Kind of Love"1163740Brand New Kind of Love
"Summer (The First Time)"10019181915Summer (The First Time)
"I Believe the South Is Gonna Rise Again"
(w/ The TSU Chorus)
62Through the Eyes of a Man
"Hello Summertime"79846Hello Summertime
1975"And Then There Was Gina"1515singles only
"I Wrote a Song (Sing Along)"1617
1976"A Butterfly for Bucky"22517712A Butterfly for Bucky
1977"Me and the Elephants"82104610Goldsboro
"The Cowboy and the Lady"85
1979"He'll Have to Go"
"Black Fool's Gold"
1980"Goodbye Marie"1719Bobby Goldsboro
1981"Alice Doesn't Love Here Anymore"203441
"Love Ain't Never Hurt Nobody"1933
"The Round-Up Saloon"3138The Round-Up Saloon
1982"Lucy and the Stranger"49

Key: 1 Indicates titles that were awarded gold disc status.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits, p.128-129. ISBN 0-8230-7632-6.
  2. ^ a b c d e Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. pp. 175, 191, 205, 240 & 279. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  3. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2000). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, p.267. ISBN 0-8230-7690-3.
  4. ^ "Bobby Goldsboro – Too Many People". Retrieved June 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ Roland, Tom (1991). The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits, p.9. ISBN 0-8230-7553-2.
  6. ^ a b British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 230. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ a b "Bobby Goldsboro". Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bobby Goldsboro Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "The Art of Bobby Goldsboro". 


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