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ARCHIVED NEWS - 2016
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“HUBBLE AT 25” VIDEO Bobby recently filmed video featuring his Hubble series oil paintings to celebrate the 25th anniversary of NASA’s Hubble Telescope.  The Hubble paintings are being displayed at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, DC. See the official website.
Evening Shade” reruns are airing on Antenna TV stations on Sundays at 6:00pm & 6:30pm Eastern time.  Seasons Three and Four feature Bobby Goldsboro’s award-winning theme song and other music.  Click here for show page.
BANGLES’ SUSANNA HOFFS: “BOBBY GOLDSBORO MAY HAVE INFLUENCED LED ZEPPELIN” Susanna Hoffs, singer/guitarist of the Bangles, wrote:  “I think Bobby Goldsboro may have influenced Led Zeppelin... Submitted for your approval, my ProTools experiment!”  On August 5th, 2014, Hoffs provided a 41- second audio mash-up comparing Bobby Goldsboro’s  “Little Things” to classic rock group Led Zeppelin’s “Misty Mountain Hop.”  Listen to the audio by clicking here:  https://soundcloud.com/riffsemblance/led- goldsboro HOFFS PERFORMS “LITTLE THINGS” IN RECENT L.A. CONCERT Hoffs performed “Little Things” in the mash-up with Led Zeppelin recently in a Los Angeles concert.  Aided by the printed song lyrics onstage and together with violin player Petra Haden, Hoffs sang “Led Goldsboro” at Largo at the Coronet Theatre on July 30, 2015.  A short clip can be heard by hitting the “play” arrow button above.
JAY & THE AMERICANS RECALL SINGING BACKING VOCALS FOR BOBBY  After a show in Cerritos, California, on October 23, 2015, original band members recalled singing Bobby’s background vocals in 1963.   Marty Sanders (shown above in red) said:  “We’ve known Bobby forever!  We did ‘(See the) Funny Little Clown.’  They had us at the actual session with Bobby and (producer) Jack Gold... Tell Bobby I want to hear him do the cricket!” 
BOBBY APPEARS ON “RAY STEVENS’ NASHVILLE” TV SHOW Bobby Goldsboro recorded an episode of the show for the RFD cable TV network on Monday, December 14th, 2015, at Ray Stevens’ studio in Nashville.  They recalled their 50-year friendship and displayed some of Bobby’s paintings before Bobby sang “Little Things” and “Honey.”  Attending were Bobby’s wife, Dianne, and his daughter, Brandy.
ROLLING STONES’ KEITH RICHARDS CREDITS GUITAR LESSON FROM BOBBY GOLDSBORO In a recent interview with Noisey, Keith Richards noted how Bobby Goldsboro taught him how to play a tricky chord by legendary blues guitarist Jimmy Reed.  Click the “play” arrow below for a clip:
DRINKING GLASSES Bobby’s paintings will be featured on drinking glasses. A leading home lifestyles catalogue company, and some outdoor supply retail stores are to carry them.
UPCOMING & RECENT TELEVISION APPEARANCES
“Ray Stevens’ Nashville” show on RFD-TV has been renamed “Ray Stevens’ CabaRay Nashville”  and has moved to PBS.  Shows begin airing in early 2017.  No word on whether the RFD episodes will re-air.
Antenna TV airs reruns of “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” daily, with episodes from the 1970’s shown on weekends at 10pm and 1:30am Eastern time.  Currently, very few episodes with music performances are airing.  Check guest star listings here, and see a partial listing of Bobby’s original appearances here. getTV airs reruns of “Jim Nabors Hour” and “Dolly!”   Check episode listings by clicking here for possible airing of Nabors’ Season 2, Episode 19, which featured Bobby and aired originally on January 28, 1971; or Dolly Parton’s Episode 17 from 1976/77. ”Hee Haw” from 1978 featuring Bobby singing “The Cowboy and the Lady” and “Guitar Charlie Watson” reruns on RFD on December 11th/12th/18th.  Click here for schedule.  Other shows with Bobby, including “Pop! Goes the Country,” air occasionally on RFD-TV. “Time Life Presents Pop Memories of the ‘60s” TV infomercial from 2009 featuring Bobby as co-host airs on various channels and the Time Life channel.   See the website here. “The Swamp Critters of Lost Lagoon” features stories for children and several original songs from Bobby.  It currently airs on TBN’s Smile of a Child and TCT Kids channels.  More details are here.
BBC Four Television in England recently broadcast a documentary of the life of Roy Orbison, celebrating the December 4, 2015, release of a compact disc of songs recorded in 1969.  The program aired December 29th, and featured an interview with Bobby Goldsboro.  Click here.
ANNUAL ART SHOW AT THE VILLAGES RAISES $ FOR SCHOLARSHIPS Bobby made his annual art show visit to The Villages, Florida, on Saturday, January 23rd. The event was the seventh time that Bobby has displayed his art work at the community while helping their Visual Arts Association scholarship fund. The event was announced in The Villages’ local newspaper, linked here at http://www.villages- news.com/bobby-goldsboro-to-display-art-in- event-to-support-vaa-scholarship-fund/, and covered in the paper’s website, linked here at http://www.villages-news.com/78636-2/. The article featured the photo at left of Bobby’s wife Dianne, Bobby, and Mrs. Marge McQueston (whose late husband Jim was a key organizer of the shows until he passed away suddenly last fall). A highlight of the afternoon came when a patron requested Bobby’s tree frog imitation from across the room, and the responding croaks echoed throughout the SeaBreeze Recreational Center.
JIMMIE HASKELL Born Sheridan Pearlman Arranger and Composer (November 7, 1936 - February 4, 2016)
SONNY JAMES Born James Loden Singer (May 1, 1928 - February 22, 2016) The Country Music Hall of Fame member had 26 #1 hits, including 16 straight.  His best known song, “Young Love,” was #1 country and #1 pop in Billboard magazine in 1957. Bobby’s band, The Webs, backed Sonny James in the early 1960’s.  Pictured are Sonny and Bobby presenting on the 1971 CMA Awards Show.
FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE LETTERMEN REMEMBERS GUEST APPEARANCE ON TV After a February 20, 2016, concert in Beverly Hills, singer Tony Butala (shown at far left) recalled his 1974 appearance on “The Bobby Goldsboro Show”: “It was so much fun!  And those bell-bottom jumpsuits!  But that was the style at the time!”
CHRISTIAN MUSIC Bobby has recorded original Christian songs, including one entitled, “His Love (The Greatest of All),” for a possible album.  The project is still in the early stages, with no release date scheduled.
UPCOMING PERSONAL APPEARANCES Bobby has announced that he will not be performing in concert in 2016.
IN MEMORIAM
A man in his 20’s requested to leave several albums at a Hartford post office January 22nd, stating he would be back to pick them up. He told the clerk he could not have the albums at his residence while his dad was there.  They were by a variety of artists including Bobby Goldsboro.  Police say the man never returned to pick up the items, and now they are trying to determine why.  The story is here. In a February 5th article in FYI Music News, writer Pat Holiday discusses the idea of color in songwriting.  Asked at his art show at The Villages in January if he wrote songs associated to colors, Bobby said, “Not all, but absolutely for a few songs. I totally did that on "Summer (The First Time)". I wanted people to feel the beach, the sun, and the warmth.”  Click here to view. The February 25th cover story in Cashbox Canada Online features producer Bob Montgomery, mentioning Bobby regarding “Honey” and House of Gold Music publishing.  Click here to view. Baseball great Johnny Bench said in an April 1st CBS Sports interview: “Bobby Goldsboro bought me a gold record for my retirement -- not for having sold a million records but for having sung 'Leroy Brown' a million times."  Click here. Actor Ronnie Schell (”Duke” on TV’s “Gomer Pyle, USMC”) remembered working with Bobby at the Fresno Memorial Auditorium here. Singer Iggy Pop remembered seeing Bobby in the 1960’s, when “he had a suit with studs and the tie and everything and his big stage move was he could imitate a frog croaking.”  The interview is in the October 28th article here. Canadian DJ Red Robinson recalls in a new book how he nearly killed Roy Orbison and Bobby, speeding to catch a ferry.  Story here. Bobby Goldsboro’s concert with the Beach Boys on April 13, 1968, was the biggest event ever in Sarasota’s Robarts Arena.  Click here. The November 22nd Wall Street Journal mentions a 1980 book calling “Honey” “the national anthem of the flyover country.” Click here. A December 24th travel article in the Dalton (Georgia) Daily Citizen mentioned RCA Studio in Nashville where Bobby recorded “Honey.”  Here.
PATTY DUKE Born Anna Marie Duke Actress and Singer (December 14, 1946 - March 29, 2016) The Oscar and Emmy Award winning actress recorded several songs in the mid-1960’s, including Bobby Goldsboro’s “Whenever (S)he Holds You,” a #64 Billboard hit in 1966. The official YouTube video is here.
MIKE GIBBONS Lead Singer of Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods (December 28, 1956 - April 2, 2016) Sang 1974 #1 hit, “Billy, Don’t Be a Hero” Appeared on “The Bobby Goldsboro Show” in front of the biggest standing room only studio audience of the series. According to a teen magazine (far right), “Bobby Goldsboro did his famous ‘frog’ voice for Heywoods during rehearsal--kept cracking up Bo!”
JOHNNY RIVERS DOES “IT’S TOO LATE” On April 16, 2016, singer Johnny Rivers performed a show at Lynn  Memorial Auditorium, in Lynn, Massachusetts.  (Per several advertisements, Lynn was the site of the Rolling Stones’ first American appearance, on June 2nd, 1965, on a bill also featuring Bobby Goldsboro and Rivers.  These ads are false, with Bobby and the Stones actually starting the tour on June 5, 1964, in San Bernardino, California, finishing at Carnegie Hall on June 20th.) According to the recent Boston Herald story, which can be seen by clicking here, “Rivers started the encore with the... Bobby Goldsboro song "It's Too Late." It was one of three songs requested by the North Shore's Brazilian community, along with "Do You Wanna Dance" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling." All were major hits in Brazil, and this trio of tunes were among the night's best.”
Among the many video clips on YouTube.com featuring Bobby Goldsboro is a portion of “The Joey Bishop Show” aired May 30, 1968, featuring Bobby singing, “Broomstick Cowboy.” Click the photo at right to view.
The show aired on May 14, 2016, with rerun on May 18.  It reran again on August 20 & 24.   Check your television provider for the possible availability of the episode for viewing through their “on demand” library.  The series will move to PBS TV as “Ray Stevens’ CabaRay Nashville” in January 2017.  No word on whether this episode will rerun on PBS. Ray Stevens Music posted an official promotional clip for the show to his YouTube channel. The 25-second video can be seen by clicking on the photo at right, or on the link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouUXl8mxedE
View the ART OF BOBBY GOLDSBORO by visiting BobbyGoldsboro.com where original oil paintings and prints are available for purchase. Click picture at left for direct link.
BOBBY APPEARS ON BRITISH TV DOCUMENTARY “ROY ORBISON: ONE OF THE LONELY ONES”
HAPPY 75th BIRTHDAY! BOBBY GOLDSBORO JANUARY 18, 2016
GARY LEWIS MENTIONS BOBBY IN CONCERT While performing onstage in Beverly Hills, California, on October 4th, 2015, Gary Lewis mentioned touring with Bobby Goldsboro in the mid-1960’s.   Lewis, who recorded “It’s Too Late” and “Voodoo Woman,” then said after the show: “Oh, it was wonderful! It was all so much fun.  Yeah. He was a great guy, great guy. I liked him a lot.”
Game show host/disc jockey Wink Martindale recorded a song with Robin Ward titled, “Big Buildin’,” in 1964.  The song was written by Bobby and Buddy Buie.  Click here to hear the song on YouTube.  An audio interview of Bobby by Martindale is included on 2005 BCI CD, “Brand New Kind of Love.”  He said at an October 23, 2015, oldies concert in Cerritos, California, “He made some great hits.  Bobby was a great guy.  I haven’t seen him in ages.  If he were around here, I’d go see him in a minute!”
TV/RADIO HOST WINK MARTINDALE:  “I’D GO SEE BOBBY IN A MINUTE!”
CHAD & JEREMY REMEMBER RIDING THE BUS WITH BOBBY British folk rock duo Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde appeared in concert in Santa Monica, California, on April 8, 2016, and spoke afterward about their early days.  They recorded several songs written by Bobby Goldsboro, including “If You’ve Got a Heart,” “If She Was Mine” and “When Your Love Has Gone.”  “That happened,” Jeremy recalled, “because we were riding the bus with Bobby on tour.  He was an incredible songwriter, and a great friend.”  Pictured at left is Jeremy, singer Turley Richards, Bobby (seated), and singer B.J. Thomas, backstage at a Gene Pitney Show tour stop in the spring of 1966.
UNPRODUCED “SIMPSONS” SCRIPT HAD CHARACTER WHO BELIEVED HE WAS BOBBY GOLDSBORO
Upon the recent death of singer Prince, writers of “The Simpsons” animated Fox TV series confirmed that there was an abandoned script focusing on him.  The episode, allegedly with script re-writes by late night TV host Conan O’Brien, saw the return of character Leon Kompowsky.   New Jersey bricklayer Leon believed he was Michael Jackson in an earlier episode, and was to now believe he was Prince. According to an April 25, 2016, story in Billboard.com (click here), showrunner Al “Jean revealed that Kompowsky wasn't just going to think he was the King and Prince of pop, but also a series of other musical icons.”  Jean tweeted on April 23rd that one of those icons was Bobby Goldsboro. The full script was sent to Prince, who sent back notes, but it was ultimately scrapped and the episode was never produced.
CELEBRITY TWITTER
BILLY VERA @BillyBeater Happy Birthday Bobby Goldsboro! And thanks for writing my first solo hit, "With Pen In Hand!" 9:02 AM - 18 Jan 2016
NEIL FINN  @NeilFinn On June 30, 2016, someone tweeted a YouTube video of singer Neil Finn (of Crowded House fame) singing his song, “Last Day of June.”  Finn replied, “Yes, I own this day” Another user countered with a video of Bobby Goldsboro’s “Summer (The First Time)” and said, “You... and Bobby G” Finn replied,
9:50 AM 30 Jun 2016
50 YEARS AGO 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of 1966 Gold record,“It’s Too Late”
JOHNNY SEAY aka JOHNNY SEA Singer (July 15, 1940 - May 14, 2016) The singer had eight charted country singles in 1959-1968, including a version of Bobby Goldsboro’s composition, “Nothin’s Bad as Bein’ Lonely,” a #61 Billboard hit in 1967. Bobby co-produced some Seay recordings in 1970. His 1966 pop crossover hit, “Day for Decision,” was nominated for a Grammy award. 
The multiple Grammy Award winner arranged strings on several Bobby Goldsboro recordings in the mid-1970’s, including “A Butterfly for Bucky.”
PAT UPTON Singer (August 5, 1940 - July 27, 2016) Wrote the 1969 gold record, “More Today than Yesterday” as lead singer of the band, Spiral Starecase.  According to a recent article linked here, Upton said, “I was thinking about Bobby Goldsboro singing it when I first wrote it.”
CLASSIC LP NEWLY RE-ISSUED IN JAPAN Bobby’s 1965 album, “Little Things,” has been released on compact disc for the first time by Japanese company, Oldays Records.  Poor sound quality and wrong inclusion of an Eddie Hodges song make it disappointing.
JOHN D. LOUDERMILK Singer/Songwriter (March 31, 1934 - September 21, 2016) Co-wrote “Abilene,” recorded by Bobby for his 1964 album, “I Can’t Stop Loving You.”  The song was #1 Country for George Hamilton IV in 1963.  His other songs include “Indian Reservation,” “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye,” “Ebony Eyes” and “Waterloo.”
BOBBY VEE Born Robert Velline Singer (April 30, 1943 - October 24, 2016) Singer of 38 Billboard Top 100 songs, toured with Bobby Goldsboro--including on the Rolling Stones’ first USA tour in 1964.
CLAUDE “CURLY” PUTMAN Songwriter (Nov. 20, 1930 - Oct. 30, 2016) Hall of Fame songwriter.  Wrote “Let the Little Bird Fly” from 1980 LP, Bobby Goldsboro.  Also wrote “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “Green, Green Grass of Home,” “My Elusive Dreams” and “D-I-V-O-R-C-E.”
KAY STARR Born Katherine Starks Singer (July 21, 1922 - November 3, 2016) Popular singer of #1 hits “Wheel of Fortune” and “The Rock and Roll Waltz.” Recorded Bobby Goldsboro’s “Talk Talk Talk” in 1966. The official YouTube video is here.
TALK TALK TALK Press and Online Mentions
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BestOfTees.com, a company selling novelty T-shirts online, offers several products using Bobby Goldsboro’s name. Among the many choices are “Beer, Jesus & Bobby Goldsboro,” “Bobby Goldsboro Is My Home Boy,” and “Bobby Goldsboro Is God.” The wild 2016 presidential election campaign could have used the voting ballot shirt pictured at right. Shirts start at $19.99 and are found here. BobbyGoldsboroMusic.com does not guarantee or endorse sellers.
Other items available online recently include: - A “Honey” album cover decorated in glitter - A personally signed letter from Bobby Goldsboro ending with the curious inscription, “Good luck with Porky”
GORDIE TAPP Comedian (June 4, 1922 - December 18, 2016) Writer and regular performer on TV’s “Hee Haw” Among his popular segments on the series was the singing of “Pfft, You Were Gone” with a guest star. When Bobby performed the song with Tapp on a 1978 episode (pictured at left), he replaced the Pfft! noise with his trademark tree frog noise. On the very day of Tapp’s death, RFD-TV reran this particular episode.
DONALD TRUMP CONNECTION TO “A BUTTERFLY FOR BUCKY” Doug Cox presented the idea of a blind child regaining his sight to Bobby Goldsboro, who turned it into the 1976 hit single, “A Butterfly for Bucky.”  According to a December 13th story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal (linked here), Cox went on to become a successful motivational speaker and corporate consultant---including to the Donald Trump organization.  Cox, now 78 years old and pictured at right, has written a book titled, “Sh-Boom!  The Power of Positive Aging.”