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Bobby Goldsboro

Successfully bridging pop and country audiences, Bobby Goldsboro first hit the pop Top Ten in 1964 with “See the Funny Little Clown” and then exploded to the #1 spot on both the pop and country charts in 1968 with “Honey.”

Birth: January 18, 1941
Birthplace: Marianna, Florida

More than seventy artists have recorded his song “With Pen in Hand.”

During a two-year stint at Auburn University, Goldsboro and his group, the Webs, played at parties. In 1962 they received an offer to go on the road with Roy Orbison, who later collaborated with Goldsboro on a number of songs. Signed to United Artists, Goldsboro charted pop with “See the Funny Little Clown” and other self-penned songs, including “Little Things” and “Voodoo Woman” (both 1965). He toured with the Beatles in England and with the Rolling Stones on that group’s first American tour.

Goldsboro’s career soared with “Honey.” Written by Bobby Russell, the song spent five weeks atop Billboard’s pop chart and three at #1 on the country chart. “Watching Scotty Grow” (1970-71), a wistful song of parenting, became another pop-country crossover hit. The singer-songwriter appeared often on network TV and starred in his own self-titled syndicated TV show from 1972 to 1975.

A shrewd businessman as well as entertainer, Goldsboro founded House of Gold Music, Inc., which, among other successes, published “Behind Closed Doors,” the Kenny O’Dell-authored Charlie Rich hit that won CMA Song of the Year honors in 1973. Among those recording Goldsboro-written songs have been Al Hirt, Vikki Carr, and Dolly Parton.

Goldsboro retired from the stage in the 1980s and began to focus on producing children’s audiobooks and TV series. — Gerry Wood

— Adapted from the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s Encyclopedia of Country Music, published by Oxford University Press.

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