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Bobby Goldsboro (born Robert Goldsborough, January 18 1941, Marianna, Florida), is an American country/pop singer, as well as a songwriter, known for such songs as "Summer (The First Time)" .


When he was a teenager, Goldsboro's family moved 35 miles north from Marianna to Dothan, Alabama. He graduated from Dothan High School in 1959, and later enrolled at Auburn University. He left college after his second year to pursue a musical career.

After three years playing guitar for Roy Orbison, he set out on a solo career in 1964. He soon had a Top Ten hit with his own composition "See the Funny Little Clown."

Other Top 40 hits from the 1960s and 70s included:

  • "Whenever He Holds You"
  • "Little Things"
  • "Voodoo Woman"
  • "It's Too Late"
  • "Blue Autumn"
  • "Me Japanese Boy I Love You"
  • "Honey"
  • "Autumn of My Life"
  • "The Straight Life"
  • "Watching Scotty Grow"

"Honey" was a Number One hit in 1968 in the Billboard Hot 100. The single reached Number 2 in the UK Singles Chart, selling in excess of one million copies. In Australia, "Honey" also made it to No.1, rated No.10 overall for 1968, and is ranked at No.25 on the Oz Net Music Chart's Top 100 for the 1960s. It also reached Number 1 on the country chart and became his first country hit. It was also the beginning of his hits becoming more successful on the country charts than on the pop charts.

Goldsboro wrote some of his hits, one in particular, "With Pen in Hand", was recorded by several artists, the biggest of which was a Grammy-nominated pop version by Vikki Carr that was a Top 40 pop hit in the United States and the UK in 1969; whilst Johnny Darrell took his version to number 3 on the U.S. country chart a year earlier. Goldsboro would also record his own version of the song in 1972, but it only graced the lower regions of the pop charts. In the 1970s he had more hits, including "Watching Scotty Grow," (a country Top 10 that nearly made the Top 10 on the pop charts as well, peaking at #11 in 1971), "Summer (The First Time)," "Hello Summertime," "Butterfly for Bucky," and "Me and the Elephants."

In 1973, "Summer (The First Time)" was his last major pop hit. From 1973 to 1975, he hosted the syndicated television variety series, The Bobby Goldsboro Show.

With his pop career winding down, in the early 1980s, Goldsboro had several Top 20 country hits with "Goodbye Marie", "Alice Doesn't Love Here Anymore" and "Love Ain't Never Hurt Nobody" all released in 1981. His song, "The Cowboy and The Lady" became a Top 10 country hit as "The Cowgirl and The Dandy" for Brenda Lee in 1980 and for John Denver in 1981; Dolly Parton had also covered it in 1977. During that decade, Goldsboro retired from performing to produce children's entertainment.

In the 1990s, he scored the soundtrack to the CBS situation comedy, Evening Shade, and in 1995, he launched the children's television series The Swamp Critters of Lost Lagoon.

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