From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Roberto "Bobby" Alfonso Farrell (October 6, 1949 on Aruba - December 30, 2010 in Saint Petersburg) was a dancer and performer, best known as the male member of the successful 1970s pop and disco group Boney M.
Farrell left Aruba at age 15 to become a sailor. He lived in Norway and the Netherlands before moving to Germany. There, he worked mostly as a DJ when producer Frank Farian spotted him for his new Boney M. group. He became the sole male singer in the group, although Farian later revealed that Bobby made almost no vocal contributions to the group's records, with Farian himself performing the male parts on the songs in the studio. Farrell did, however, perform live.
He appeared as a dancer in late 2005 in the Roger Sanchez videoclip of Turn on the Music.
Farrell lived in Amsterdam. He died in the morning of December 30, 2010 in a hotel in Saint Petersburg, after performing with his band the evening before. The cause of death is yet unknown.
- 1982: Polizei / A Fool In Love
- 1985: King OF Dancing / I See You
- 1987: Hoppa Hoppa / Hoppa Hoppa (Instrumental)
- 1991: Tribute To Josephine Baker
- 2004: Aruban Style (Mixes) S-Cream Featuring Bobby Farrell
- 2006: The Bump EP
Bobby Farrell's Boney M. / Boney M. Featuring Bobby Farrell / Bobby Farrell Featuring Sandy Chambers
- 2000: The Best Of Boney M. (DVMore)
- 2001: Boney M. - I Successi (DVMore)
- 2001: The Best Of Boney M. (II) (compilation)
- 2001: The Best Of Boney M. (III) (compilation)
- 2005: Boney M. - Remix 2005 (featuring Sandy Chambers) (compilation) (Crisler)
- 2007: Boney M. - Disco Collection (compilation)
Please note: all of these releases contain re-recordings of Boney M.'s hits - not the original versions.