SIDE ONE 1.  SUMMER (THE FIRST TIME) (Bobby Goldsboro) (4:38) 2.  MARLENA (Bobby Goldsboro) (3:41) 3.  HE’S PART OF US (Bobby Goldsboro) (3:02) 4.  THE L&N DON’T STOP HERE ANYMORE (Bobby Goldsboro) (2:49) 5.  SING ME A SMILE (Bobby Goldsboro) (3:20) SIDE TWO 1.  MISSISSIPPI DELTA QUEEN (Bobby Goldsboro) (3:27) 2.  SHE (Bobby Goldsboro) (2:42) 3.  KILLING ME SOFTLY WITH HER SONG (Charles Fox/Norman Gimbel) (2:56) 4.  SPREAD MY WINGS AND FLY (Bobby Goldsboro/Jerry Goldsmith) (2:57) 5.  IF’N I WAS GOD (Robert Sherman/Richard Sherman) (2:32)
1973 United Artists Records UA-LA019-F
"Summer (The First Time)" Album Top Position:  #10 Country, #150 Pop Billboard magazine, September 8, 1973, Page 56, Top Album Picks, Pop, Also Recommended Professional blending of Goldsboro’s deep, clean vocals with beautiful arrangements of strings and horns, plus masterful production.  Best cuts:  “Summer (The First Time),” “Marlena.” "Summer (The First Time)" Single (UA #XW251-W) Top Position:  #18 Easy Listening, #19 Pop, #100 Country Billboard Magazine, May 26, 1973, page 50, Top Single Picks, Pop, Also Recommended “Marlena” Single (UA #XW371-W) Top Position:  #52 Country Billboard Magazine, December 15, 1973, Page 48, Top Single Picks, Pop, Recommended
Available on Compact Disc: All Songs Available on Compact Disc Available on Tape: 8-Track (including Quadrasonic), cassette and reel-to-reel Available on Vinyl Singles: “Summer (The First Time),” “Marlena,” “Sing Me a Smile,” “She” Notable Covers: “Summer (The First Time)” by Bette Midler and Millie Jackson, “The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore” by Johnny Cash
“Summer (The First Time)” was voted as the top all-time summer song and celebrated by a BBC special in England. The song reached #9 on the English charts. Bobby often cites “Summer (The First Time)” as the best record that he ever made.  He also says that the finished product was the closest of any recording to what he had in mind when writing the song. Bobby was in the process of writing “Summer (The First Time)” when he and his band were doing a television appearance at “The Tonight Show.”  Bobby was playing some of the song on guitar when band leader Timmy Tappan first played the piano piece that became a prominent part of the song. “He’s Part of Us” originated when a driver suggested Bobby write a song about adoption.  Performance of the song on Bobby’s television show brought such a big response from viewers that he sang it again on another episode. Country music legend Johnny Cash performed Bobby’s “The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore,” substituting the phrase “railroad trains” for “L&N,” on his 1974 television special, “Ridin’ the Rails.” “Spread My Wings and Fly” was originally recorded to be used in the Cliff Robertson movie, “Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies.”
Was a hot afternoon, the last day of June And the sun was a demon The clouds were afraid, one-ten in the shade And the pavement was steamin’ - “Summer (The First Time)” My roving days are over Looks like I found my four-leaf clover Girl, you’ve clipped my wings so I can’t fly away And now we’re here together And girl, it’s gonna get better ‘Cause by your side is where I’m gonna stay - “Marlena” You and I and he  From this day will be  A family Now he’s part of us - “He’s Part of Us” If you close your eyes, you just might hear the sound Of a faraway conductor cryin’, “People all aboard” And that water tank that filled the train It sure looks mighty thirsty ‘Cause the L&N don’t stop here anymore - “The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore”
Won’t you sing me a smile and I’ll smile you a song And we’ll sing a smile for the world to sing along Sing me some sunshine and it will light the way And we’ll sing a smile and bring a better day - “Sing Me a Smile”  . Now the Mississippi River ain’t no place to be On a cold and foggy morn’ But above all the screamin’ and the cries of doom Came the sound of a paddlewheel horn - “Mississippi Delta Queen” As fragile as a robin’s egg When she lies asleep But she could break the strongest man If he could see her weep But you will never see her cry As long as I’m around - “She” There’s lots of life worth living and I’ve got to do my share And when my time is up, at least I’ll know I’ve tried ‘Til I fly across every mountain, ‘til I swim in every sea ‘Til I’ve tried it all, I won’t be satisfied - “Spread My Wings and Fly”
WITH PEN IN HAND The Songwriting of Bobby Goldsboro
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“I KNOW YOU BETTER THAN THAT” -  COMMON BOBBY GOLDSBORO MISCONCEPTION “Summer (The First Time)” was from the movie soundtrack of “Summer of ‘42.” False.  Though the subject matter is similar, the film preceded the song.  Bobby Goldsboro wrote and recorded “Summer (The First Time)” in 1973.  The Warner Bros. movie, “Summer of ‘42,” was released two years earlier, in 1971.  The actual title theme earned an Academy Award for Original Dramatic Score for composer Michael Legrand.