Bob Lind Biography

25 November 1944, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Lind is best known for writing and recording the Top 5 folk rock song ‘Elusive Butterfly’ in 1966. He moved around frequently with his family, and while settled in Denver, Colorado, he began singing folk music in clubs. He moved to the west coast and was signed to World Pacific Records, a division of the larger Liberty Records. Produced by Jack Nitzsche, Lind played guitar on his recordings for the label, while piano was handled by Leon Russell. His first single, ‘Cheryl’s Going Home’, failed to catch on but was later covered by Cher and the Blues Project. ‘Elusive Butterfly’ was its b-side and became an international Top 10 hit. Lind was widely touted as ‘the new Bob Dylan’ and the latest spokesperson for youth during 1966. Despite his pop star looks and sensitive lyrics, however, his subsequent singles failed to reach the charts. Don’t Be Concerned contained a number of sentimental, but attractive songs. His compositions continued to find interpreters, among them the Turtles, Marianne Faithfull, Adam Faith, Noel Harrison, Nancy Sinatra and Bobby Sherman.

Lind continued to record into the early 70s, switching to Capitol Records without a revival of his commercial fortunes. Now based in Florida, he writes novels, stories and screenplays whilst continuing to perform in folk and country music circles.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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