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Bobby Bare
Bobby Bare Sr.
Bobby Bare at the Grand Ole Opry (2).jpg
Bare performing at the Grand Ole Opry in 2017
Background information
Robert Joseph Bare
Born (1935-04-07) April 7, 1935 (age 83)
Origin Ironton, Ohio, U.S.
Genres
Instruments Guitar
1956-present
Labels
Website www.bobbybare.com

Robert Joseph Bare Sr. (born April 7, 1935) is an American country music singer and songwriter, best known for the songs "Detroit City" and "500 Miles Away from Home". He is the father of Bobby Bare Jr., also a musician.

Early career

Bare had many failed attempts to sell his songs in the 1950s.[1] He finally signed with Capitol Records and recorded a few rock and roll songs without much chart success.[] Just before he was drafted into the Army, he wrote a song called "The All American Boy"[2] and did a demo for his friend, Bill Parsons, to learn how to record. Instead of using the version Bill Parsons did later, the record company, Fraternity Records, decided to use the original demo recorded by Bobby Bare. The record reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, but they made an error: the singles' labels all credited the artist as being "Bill Parsons".[3][4] The same track, with the same billing error, peaked at No. 22 in the UK Singles Chart in April 1959.[5] In 1965, an album of older recorded material, Tender Years (JM-6026), was released on the Hilltop label. The same material, but under a different cover, was released on the Sears label under the title Bobby In Song (SPS-115) that same year. These albums are not usually included in Bare's published discographies.

Career at RCA Victor (1962-1970)

Bare's big break in country music came when Chet Atkins signed him to RCA Victor. The first single he released on the label was "Shame On Me" in 1962. His second RCA Victor single, "Detroit City" reached No. 6 Country,[4] No. 16 Hot 100,[3] and in 1964 earned him a Grammy Award for Best Country and Western Recording. Then a surge of hits followed, including "500 Miles Away from Home" (based on a traditional folk ballad written by Hedy West as "500 Miles")[3] and Ian Tyson's "Four Strong Winds". In 1965 he received two Grammy nominations for Best Country & Western Vocal Performance and Best Country & Western single for the song "Four Strong Winds". In 1966, he received a Grammy Nomination for Best Country & Western Male Vocal Performance for his song "Talk Me Some Sense". He also recorded two duet albums with Skeeter Davis and recorded six tracks as a trio with Norma Jean and Liz Anderson which produced a major hit with "The Game of Triangles", a wife-husband-other woman drama that hit No. 5 on the Billboard chart earned the trio a Grammy nomination. In 1968, he recorded an album with a group from England called The Hillsiders.[][6] In 1969, he had a Top 5 hit with Tom T. Hall's "(Margie's At) The Lincoln Park Inn".[4]

Career at Mercury (1970-1972)

Bare moved to Mercury Records in 1970 and immediately scored a Top 3 hit with "How I Got To Memphis" and had two Top 10 hits from early Kris Kristofferson compositions, "Come Sundown" (1971) and "Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends" (1971).[4] He also scored a No. 12 hit in 1972 with a version of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show's pop hit "Sylvia's Mother", written by Shel Silverstein.

Second career at RCA (1973-1977)

After two years at Mercury, Bare returned to RCA in 1973 and scored with Billy Joe Shaver's "Ride Me Down Easy" which nearly made the Top 10.

Bare started to release novelty songs recorded live with selected audiences. One such song, "Marie Laveau", reached the No. 1 position on the country chart in 1974; it was his only No. 1 hit. This song was co-written by his friends Shel Silverstein and Baxter Taylor, who received a BMI Award for the song in 1975.

Silverstein penned other songs for Bare including a Grammy-nominated hit, "Daddy What If", which he recorded with his five-year-old son, Bobby Bare Jr. The song was an immediate success as well not only reaching No. 2 on the country charts but nearly reaching the Top 40 on the Pop charts. Bare's album, "Lullabys, Legends and Lies" became his most commercially successful album and Bare had a new audience with pop radio once again playing his songs and a new following with college kids. These two songs, however, would become Bare's last Top 10 hits. Bare later recorded a very successful album with his family, written mainly by Silverstein, called "Singin' in The Kitchen." It was nominated for best group category in Grammy Awards, but was declined by Bare himself.[] He continued to record critically acclaimed albums and singles. His biggest hits during this time included "Alimony" (1975), "The Winner" (1976), and "Drop Kick Me Jesus (Through The Goalposts Of Life)" (the world's only Christian-football waltz, and a 1976 Grammy nominee[]). In 1977 he recorded "Redneck Hippie Romance"[] and "Vegas" (a duet with his wife Jeannie).

Career at Columbia Records (1978-1983)

Bare signed with Columbia Records and continued to have hits like "Sleep Tight Good Night Man" a near Top 10 in 1978 and releasing critically acclaimed albums like "Bare" and "Sleeper Wherever I Fall". In 1979, he started off Rosanne Cash's career in a big way by singing a duet with her called "No Memories Hangin' Round" which went Top 20 for them. In 1980, he scored a near Top 10 with "Numbers" which came from his album "Down and Dirty" where Bare started to experiment with Southern rock and continued this with his next album "Drunk and Crazy". In 1981, Bare released an album entitled "As Is" which was produced by Rodney Crowell and returned Bare back to his country roots with songs like "New Cut Road". Bare was still doing well chartwise into the early 1980s. In 1983, he released a Top 30 duet with Lacy J. Dalton called "It's A Dirty Job". His last trip into the Top 30 came that summer with the novelty song "The Jogger". Bobby Bare also released a Columbia Record single "Used Car". It was used in the movie of the same name. You can hear the song here on utube: http://www.popflock.com/video?id=r8jIb_wqYIg

Eurovision 2012

In January and February 2012, Bare joined up with Petter ien at the 2012 Melodi Grand Prix to choose Norway's entry to the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, in May. His song Things Change got through to the Norwegian final where ien and Bare finished third.

Film career

Bare was also given an opportunity to star in movies. He acted in a Western with Troy Donahue, A Distant Trumpet, and a few episodes of the TV series No Time for Sergeants. He turned his back on Hollywood to pursue his career in country music.

Later career in country music and today

From 1983 to 1988, Bare hosted Bobby Bare and Friends on The Nashville Network which featured him interviewing songwriters who sang their hit songs on the show.

In 1985, Bare signed with EMI America Records where he scored 3 charted singles, but none of these reached the upper regions of the charts.

In 1998, he formed the band, Old Dogs, with his friends Jerry Reed, Mel Tillis and Waylon Jennings.

In 2005, he recorded a new album after over 20 years, called The Moon Was Blue, produced[7] by his son Bobby Bare Jr., who is also a musician. He continues to tour today.

In 2012, Bare performed a duet of the song "I'd Fight The World" on the Jamey Johnson album Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran.

On April 10, 2013, the CMA announced that Bare would be a 2013 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Other 2013 Inductees include Cowboy Jack Clement and Kenny Rogers.[8]

After being inducted in the 1960s but gradually drifting away, Bare was reinstated as a member of the Grand Ole Opry on April 7, 2018 by Garth Brooks.[9]

Discography

Albums

Year Album Chart Positions Label
US Country US CAN Country
1963 "Detroit City" And Other Hits 9 119 -- RCA Victor
500 Miles Away from Home 9 133 --
1964 The Travelin' Bare 14 -- --
1965 Tunes for Two (with Skeeter Davis) 8 -- --
Constant Sorrow -- -- --
1966 The Best of Bobby Bare -- -- --
Talk Me Some Sense 6 -- --
The Streets of Baltimore 7 -- --
This I Believe 17 -- --
1967 The Game of Triangles (with Norma Jean & Liz Anderson) 16 -- --
A Bird Named Yesterday 20 -- --
The English Country Side (with The Hillsliders) 29 -- --
1968 The Best of Bobby Bare - Volume 2 33 -- --
1969 (Margie's At) The Lincoln Park Inn
(And Other Controversial Country Songs)
39 -- --
1970 Your Husband My Wife (with Skeeter Davis) -- -- --
Real Thing -- -- --
This Is Bare Country 37 -- -- Mercury
1971 Where Have All the Seasons Gone 44 -- --
I Need Some Good News Bad -- -- --
1972 What Am I Gonna Do? 19 -- --
High and Dry -- -- --
1973 I Hate Goodbyes / Ride Me Down Easy 31 -- -- RCA Victor
Bobby Bare Sings Lullabys, Legends and Lies 5 -- --
1974 Singin' in the Kitchen (Bobby Bare and Family) 27 -- --
1975 Hard Time Hungrys 33 -- --
Cowboys and Daddys 21 -- --
1976 The Winner and Other Losers 18 205 --
1977 Me and McDill 27 -- --
1978 Bare 44 -- -- Columbia
Sleeper Wherever I Fall -- -- --
1980 Down & Dirty 21 -- 4
Drunk & Crazy 47 -- 17
1981 As Is 43 204 --
1982 Ain't Got Nothin' to Lose 29 -- --
1983 Drinkin' from the Bottle -- -- --
1998 Old Dogs (with Waylon Jennings, Jerry Reed, & Mel Tillis) 61 -- -- Warner Bros
2005 The Moon Was Blue -- -- -- Dualtone
2012 Darker Than Light -- -- -- Plowboy Records
2017 Things Change -- -- -- Hypermedia Nashville

Singles

Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country US
[10]
US AC CAN Country CAN
1958 "The All American Boy" (as Bill Parsons) -- 2 -- -- -- Detroit City
1961 "Book of Love" -- 106 -- -- --
1962 "Shame on Me" 18 23 -- -- --
"I Don't Believe I'll Fall in Love Today" -- 118 -- -- --
1963 "Detroit City" 6 16 4 -- --
"500 Miles Away from Home" 5 10 4 -- -- 500 Miles Away From Home
1964 "Miller's Cave" 4 33 12 -- -- The Best of Bobby Bare
"Have I Stayed Away Too Long" 47 94 -- -- -- singles only
"He Was a Friend of Mine" -- 134 -- -- --
"Four Strong Winds" 3 60 9 -- 40 The Best of Bobby Bare
1965 "A Dear John Letter" (with Skeeter Davis) 11 114 -- -- -- Tunes for Two
"Times Are Gettin' Hard" 30 -- -- -- -- Constant Sorrow
"It's All Right" 7 122 -- -- --
"Just to Satisfy You" 31 -- -- -- --
"Talk Me Some Sense" 26 -- -- -- -- Talk Me Some Sense
1966 "In the Same Old Way" 34 131 -- -- -- single only
"Streets of Baltimore" 5 124 -- -- -- Streets of Baltimore
"The Game of Triangles" (with Liz Anderson and Norma Jean) 5 -- -- -- -- The Game of Triangles
"Homesick" 38 -- -- -- --
1967 "Charlestown Railroad Tavern" 16 -- -- -- -- The Best of Bobby Bare Vol. 2
"Come Kiss Me Love" 14 -- -- -- --
"The Piney Wood Hills" 15 -- -- -- --
1968 "Find Out What's Happening" 15 -- -- 5 -- English Country Side
"Little Bit Later on Down the Line" 14 -- -- 7 -- Talk Me Some Sense
"Town That Broke My Heart" 16 -- -- 21 -- single only
1969 "(Margie's At) The Lincoln Park Inn" 4 -- -- 7 -- Margie's at the Lincoln Park Inn
"Which One Will It Be" 19 -- -- -- -- single only
"God Bless America Again" 16 -- -- -- -- This Is Bobby Bare
1970 "Your Husband, My Wife" (with Skeeter Davis) 22 -- -- -- -- Your Husband, My Wife
"How I Got to Memphis" 3 -- -- 22 -- This Is Bare Country
"Come Sundown" 7 122 -- 6 --
1971 "Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends" 8 -- -- 3 -- Where Have All the Seasons Gone
"Short and Sweet" 57 -- -- -- -- I Need Some Good News Bad
1972 "What Am I Gonna Do" 13 -- -- 24 -- What Am I Gonna Do
"Sylvia's Mother" 12 -- -- 17 --
1973 "I Hate Goodbyes" 25 -- -- 38 -- I Hate Goodbyes/Ride Me Down Easy
"Ride Me Down Easy" 11 -- -- 4 --
"You Know Who" 30 -- -- 13 --
1974 "Daddy, What If"A(with Bobby Bare Jr.) 2 41 14 5 53 Lullabys, Legends and Lies
"Marie Laveau" 1 -- -- 1 --
"Where'd I Come From" (with Bobby Bare Jr. and Jeannie BareB) 41 -- -- -- -- Singin' in the Kitchen
1975 "Singin' in the Kitchen" (with His Family) 29 -- -- 43 --
"Back in Huntsville Again" 23 -- -- 14 -- Hard Time Hungries
"Alimony" 18 -- -- 38 --
"Cowboys and Daddys" 29 -- -- 20 -- Cowboys and Daddys
1976 "The Winner" 13 -- -- -- -- The Winner and Other Losers
"Put a Little Lovin' on Me" 23 -- -- 23 --
"Drop Kick Me Jesus" 17 -- -- 18 --
1977 "Vegas" (with Jeannie Bare) 30 -- -- -- -- The Essential Bobby Bare
"Look Who I'm Cheatin' on Tonight" 21 -- -- 10 -- Me and McDill
"Red-Neck Hippie Romance" 85 -- -- -- -- Single only
1978 "Too Many Nights Alone" 29 -- -- 15 -- Bare
"Sleep Tight Good Night Man" 11 -- -- 8 --
1979 "Healin'" 23 -- -- 30 -- Sleep Wherever I Fall
"'Til I Gain Control Again" 42 -- -- 47 -- Single only
"No Memories Hangin' Round" (with Rosanne Cash) 17 -- -- 38 -- Bobby Bare: The Columbia Years
1980 "Numbers" 11 -- -- 26 -- Down and Dirty
"Tequila Sheila" 31 -- -- 64 --
"Food Blues" 41 -- -- 63 -- Drunk and Crazy
"Willie Jones" (with Charlie Daniels) 19 -- -- 15 --
1981 "Learning to Live Again" 28 -- -- -- -- As Is
"Take Me as I Am (Or Let Me Go)" 28 -- -- 34 --
"Dropping Out of Sight" 35 -- -- -- --
1982 "New Cut Road" 18 -- -- 32 --
"If You Ain't Got Nothin' (You Got Nothin' to Lose)" 31 -- -- 31 -- Ain't Got Nothin' to Lose
"(I'm Not) A Candle in the Wind" 37 -- -- -- --
"Praise the Lord and Send Me the Money" 83 -- -- -- --
1983 "It's a Dirty Job" (with Lacy J. Dalton) 30 -- -- -- -- Bobby Bare: The Columbia Years
"The Jogger" 29 -- -- 19 -- Drinkin' from the Bottle
"Diet Song" 69 -- -- -- --
1985 "When I Get Home" 53 -- -- 51 -- Singles only
"Reno and Me" 76 -- -- -- --
1986 "Wait Until Tomorrow" -- -- -- -- --
2005 "Are You Sincere" -- -- -- -- -- The Moon Was Blue
2012 "Things Change" (with Petter ien) -- -- -- -- -- Melodi Grand Prix - Norge 2012
  • A"Daddy, What If" also peaked at No. 19 on the RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks chart in Canada.
  • BCredited as "Bobby Bare Jr. and 'Mama'."

Guest singles

Year Single Artist US Country
1967 "Chet's Tune" Some of Chet's Friends 38
1999 "Still Gonna Die"[11] Old Dogs --

Music videos

Year Video Director
2005 "Are You Sincere" Roger Pistole

References

  1. ^ "Bobby Bare Biography" Retrieved 22 May 2015
  2. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 7 - The All American Boy: Enter Elvis and the rock-a-billies. [Part 1]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries. 
  3. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2000). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, p.49. ISBN 0-8230-7690-3.
  4. ^ a b c d Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits, p.38-39. ISBN 0-8230-7632-6.
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 419. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ The English Countryside, RCA Victor SF-7918 (LSP-3896)
  7. ^ "Bobby Bare: The Return Of The Quiet Outlaw". American Chronicle. 2006-05-23. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ CMT.com Staff (April 10, 2013). "Country Hall of Fame Elects Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare, Jack Clement". CMT News. cmt.com. Retrieved 2013. 
  9. ^ https://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2018/04/07/garth-brooks-welcomes-bobby-bare-into-opry-membership/496748002/
  10. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955-2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 61. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 
  11. ^ "Singles". Billboard: 16. April 17, 1999. 
  • Vinicur, Dale. (1998). "Bobby Bare". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 28-29.

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