“Hello Summertime”

BOBBY GOLDSBORO – “Hello Summertime” (United Artists UAS 29691) September 1974

Here’s another record I took a chance on from a charity shop in Sunderland last week. I know absolutely nothing about Bobby Goldsboro, I’ve never previously bought any of his records or listened to his music. I didn’t even know what his music would sound like.

I looked at the cover. He looked like he was in his thirties. Hmmn, that probably makes him a relic of the sixties. He wore his shirt outside his jeans and had a wide-brimmed hat atop his head, the hat had buckles around it like the one’s on Jim Morrison’s belt.

OK, what is the price? £1. What is the condition of the record? With a quick inspection I formed the opinion that it had received less that half a dozen plays. That’s fine, I’ll take a chance at £1. After all I’m really giving a donation to a charity.

Most of the numbers on the album are his singles from February 1965 with the release of “Little Things” right up to and including “Hello Summertime”, issued on United Artists in July 1974.

Bobby Goldsboro didn’t have that many big hits in Britain, nothing charted until “Honey” in the Spring of 1968. It reached #2 and is possibly one of the most cringe-worthy records I’ve heard. More palatable though is his self-penned “Little Things”, covered by Dave Berry.

“Voodoo Woman” is also a decent song although compared to the mid-sixties beat merchants from Britain in ’65 this can be filed under ‘soft-centred R&B’ and unlikely to have any long-haired, Beatle-booted kid going wild.

“Voodoo Woman” was also covered around the same time by Gary Lewis & The Playboys on their ‘Session With’ album (Liberty LST 7419).

Back cover liners:

This album covers a decade . . . to be precise, the ten years since “See The Funny Little Clown” was a top five smash in the States . . . included also are the three songs which have provided Bobby with huge success in Europe and particularly Britain namely “Honey”, “Summer (The First Time)” and the song that started life as a television and cinema advertisement for Coca-Cola namely “Hello Summertime”.

Another American critic describing a recent Goldsboro appearance remarked ‘those who came to see the entertainer were treated to 24-carat Goldsboro’.

24-carot indeed and each track on this set has played an integral part in contributing to his recorded wealth.

In the States, Bobby Goldsboro who now hosts a highly popular syndicated television series, first arrived on the record charts in 1962 with a song called “Molly”. The tune enjoyed mild success, but his next hit, “See The Funny Little Clown”, catapulted him to the top of the charts where he has remained ever since.

Bobby’s musical career had its beginning at Auburn University in Alabama when he formed a group with fellow students. Because of his talents as a guitarist, he was later hired as a musician for Roy Orbison, the rock star who was then at his peak.

While with Orbison, Bobby found time to polish up another of his blossoming talents, song writing. His skills as a composer, singer and musician eventually brought him to the attention of United Artists Records, who signed him to a contract.

In 1968 Bobby recorded the biggest hit song of the year, “Honey”. The plaintive song, penned by Bobby Russell, topped the four million mark in record sales.

Bobby writes many of his own hits, often looking no further than his own family environment for inspiration. His two children prompted compositions like “Danny” and “Broomstick Cowboy”.

Several of Bobby’s songs wound up as hits for other artists, such as “With Pen In Hand”, a smash for Vikki Carr that has been recorded by more that 75 other singers.

charity shop purchase @ £1

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