Bobby Bare

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Descriptive "tags": country classic country bobby bare singer-songwriter old country Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Joseph Bare, 7 April 1935, Ironton, Ohio, USA. Bare was raised on a farm; his mother died when he was five, and his sister was adopted. As an adolescent, he dreamed of being Hank Williams: ‘then Hank died and I didn’t want to be like him no more’. Nevertheless, he started songwriting and secured an early morning radio spot, and later worked on television in Charleston, West Virginia. He moved to California and impressed Capitol Records, recording for them in 1955. After receiving his draft notice in 1958, he wrote a parody of Elvis Presley going into the army, ‘All American Boy’. Returning to Ohio to join the army, he met his friend Bill Parsons and joined his recording session. He contributed ‘All American Boy’ with the intention that Parsons would learn it later. Parsons’ name was put on the tape-box because Bare was still under contract to Capitol Records. The label’s owner liked ‘All American Boy’...

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