Bobby Goldsboro (born January 18, 1941)[2] is an American pop and country singer-songwriter. He had a string of pop and country hits in the 1960s and 1970s, including his signature No. 1 hit "Honey", which sold over one million copies in the United States.


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Early life[edit]Edit

Goldsboro was born in Marianna, Florida.[2] In 1941, Goldsboro's family moved 35 miles north from Marianna to Dothan, Alabama.[1] He graduated from Dothan High School in 1959 and later enrolled at Auburn University. Goldsboro left college after his second year to pursue a musical career. He played guitar for Roy Orbison from 1962 to 1964.


Goldsboro's solo career picked up steam with the top ten hit "See the Funny Little Clown". The single, written by Goldsboro, reached No. 9 on the U.S. national charts in early 1964. It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc.[2] It was to be the first of a string of similar awards. Goldsboro would go on to have 16 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and 12 on the country chart.[1][3] In 1966 he recorded "It's Too Late" with "Too Many People" on the B-side. Although Goldsboro was not a prolific performer of dance music, both of these songs were huge hits with Northern soul in Great Britain and were played extensively.[4] His biggest hit was 1968's "Honey", a tearjerker about the death of a man's young wife.[1][3] The song, written by Bobby Russell, was recorded in one take.[5] It became the largest-selling record in the world for 1968 and topped the Hot 100 for five weeks, reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart on two separate occasions (1968 and 1975),[6] and was a No. 1 single in Australia.[2] It also became his first country hit as well.[citation needed]

From 1973 to 1975, Goldsboro hosted the successful syndicated television variety series The Bobby Goldsboro Show.

One of Goldsboro's compositions, "With Pen in Hand", was recorded by several artists, including a Grammy-nominated pop version by Vikki Carr that reached the "Top 40", in 1969; Johnny Darrell had taken the song to No. 1 on the US country chart a year earlier. Goldsboro's "The Cowboy and the Lady" became a "Top 10" country hit as "The Cowgirl and the Dandy" for Brenda Lee in 1980; Dolly Parton had also covered it in1977, and John Denver had a hit with the song in 1981.

"Summer (The First Time)", a 1973 reminiscence about a 17-year-old boy's first sexual experience with a 31-year-old woman[citation needed], was a Top 20 hit in the U.S. and reached number 9 in the UK.[7] It was voted the all-time greatest "summer" song in England's history.[citation needed] Using a repeating piano riff, 12-string guitar, and an orchestral string arrangement, the song was suggestive enough to spark some controversy[clarification needed]. A follow-up, "Hello Summertime", was written by Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway and hit No. 14 in the UK in late 1974.[7][6]

In the 1990s, he composed the music for the CBS situation comedy Evening Shade. In 1995, he created the fifty-two episode children's television series The Swamp Critters of Lost Lagoon. Goldsboro voiced all the characters, wrote all the scripts, and played all the musical instruments.[8] Goldsboro is also an accomplished oil painter. His paintings are carried in major art galleries and have sold all over the world.[9]



Year Album Chart Positions RIAA Label
US Country US CAN
1964 The Bobby Goldsboro Album United Artists
I Can't Stop Loving You
1965 Little Things
Broomstick Cowboy
1966 It's Too Late
Blue Autumn
1967 Solid Goldsboro 165
The Romantic, Wacky, Soulful,

Rockin', Country, Bobby Goldsboro

Our Way of Life(w/ Del Reeves) 28
1968 Honey 1 5 41 Gold
Word Pictures 116
1969 Today 34 60
1970 Muddy Mississippi Line 28 139
Bobby Goldsboro's Greatest Hits 34 103 82
1971 We Gotta Start Lovin' 20 120
Come Back Home 142
1972 California Wine 214
1973 Brand New Kind of Love 207
Summer (The First Time) 10 150
1974 10th Anniversary Album 174
Hello Summertime
1975 Through the Eyes of a Man
1976 A Butterfly for Bucky 37
1977 Goldsboro Epic
1981 Bobby Goldsboro 54 Curb
1982 The Round-Up Saloon


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country US US AC CAN Country CAN CAN AC
1962 "Molly" 70 17 singles only
1963 "Honey Baby" (Laurie 3148)
"Molly" (Laurie 3148)
"Lonely Traveler"
"Light the Candles"
"The Letter"
1964 "See the Funny Little Clown" 1 9 3 The Bobby Goldsboro Album
"Whenever He Holds You" 39 13
"Me Japanese Boy I Love You" 74 14 39 Little Things
"I Don't Know You Anymore" 105
1965 "Little Things" 1 13 4 4
"Voodoo Woman" 27 6 single only
"If You Wait for Love" 75 Broomstick Cowboy
"If You've Got a Heart" 60
1966 "Broomstick Cowboy" 53 20
"It's Too Late" 1 16 5 It's Too Late
"I Know You Better Than That" 56 23 Blue Autumn
"Take Your Love" 114
"It Hurts Me" 70 86
1967 "Blue Autumn" 35 71
"Goodbye to All You Women" 102 singles only
"Trusty Little Herbert"
"Jo Jo's Place" 111
"Pledge of Love" 118 Blue Autumn
"Dime at a Time" (w/ Del Reeves) Our Way of Life
1968 "I Just Wasted the Rest" (w/ Del Reeves) 56
"Honey1 1 1 1 1 1 Honey
"Autumn of My Life" 15 19 2 2 11 Word Pictures
"The Straight Life" 37 36 6 7 19
1969 "Glad She's a Woman" 49 61 7 44 Today
"I'm a Drifter" 22 46 14 36 9
"Muddy Mississippi Line" 15 53 10 1 37 16 Muddy Mississippi Line
"Take a Little Good Will Home" (w/ Del Reeves) 31 31 Our Way of Life
1970 "Mornin Mornin" 56 78 23 64 18 Muddy Mississippi Line
"Can You Feel It" 71 75 8 Bobby Goldsboro's Greatest Hits
"It's Gonna Change" 108 38 single only
1971 "Watching Scotty Grow1 7 9 1 7 5 1 We Gotta Start Lovin'
"And I Love You So" 48 83 8 93 7 Come Back Home
"Come Back Home" 69 15 89 17
"Danny Is a Mirror to Me" 107 34
"A Poem for My Little Lady" 27
1972 "California Wine" 108 36 California Wine
"With Pen in Hand" 94 28 Bobby Goldsboro's Greatest Hits
1973 "Brand New Kind of Love" 116 37 40 Brand New Kind of Love
"Summer (The First Time)" 100 19 18 19 15 Summer (The First Time)
1974 "Marlena" 52 76 70
"I Believe the South Is Gonna Rise Again"

(w/ The TSU Chorus)

62 Through the Eyes of a Man
"Hello Summertime" 79 8 46 Hello Summertime
1975 "And Then There Was Gina" 15 15 singles only
"I Wrote a Song (Sing Along)" 16 17
1976 "A Butterfly for Bucky" 22 51 7 7 12 A Butterfly for Bucky
1977 "Me and the Elephants" 82 104 6 10 Goldsboro
"The Cowboy and the Lady" 85
1979 "He'll Have to Go"
"Black Fool's Gold"
1980 "Goodbye Marie" 17 19 Bobby Goldsboro
1981 "Alice Doesn't Love Here Anymore" 20 34 41
"Love Ain't Never Hurt Nobody" 19 33
"The Round-Up Saloon" 31 38 The Round-Up Saloon
1982 "Lucy and the Stranger" 49

Key: 1 Indicates titles that were awarded gold disc status.

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