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Bobby Bare Biography
Bobby Bare is an American country musician, singer, and songwriter. He is famous for his singles “Detroit City” and “500 Miles away From Home”. He is the father of “Bobby Bare Jr” who is also a musician. The CMA announced that Bare would be a 2013 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame in April 2013. Other 2013 Inductees include Cowboy Jack Clement and Kenny Rogers.
Bobby Bare Age
Bobby was born on April 7, 1935. He is 85 years old as of 2020.
Bobby Bare Height
Bobby stands 1.77 at meters tall.
Bobby Bare Weight
He weighs about 64 KGs.
Bobby Bare Early Life
During the 1950s, Bobby tried to sell his songs but repeatedly failed in the act. But he finally got a record deal with Capitol Records and recorded a few rock and roll singles. Just before he was drafted into the United States Army, he wrote a song called “The All American Boy” and did a demo for his friend, Bill Parsons, to learn how to record. Instead of using Parsons’ later version, the record company, Fraternity Records, decided to go with Bare’s original demo.
The record reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, but Fraternity erroneously credited Bill Parsons on the label. The same track, with the same billing error, peaked at No. 22 in the UK Singles Chart in April 1959. In 1965, an album of older recorded material, Tender Years (JM-6026), was released on the Hilltop label. That same year, the material was repackaged by Sears and released under the title Bobby In Song (SPS-115). These albums are not usually included in Bare’s published discographies.
Bobby Bare Career
Bare’s big break in country music came when Chet Atkins signed him to RCA Victor. His debut single for the label was 1962’s “Shame On Me“. Follow-up “Detroit City” reached No. 6 Country, No. 16 Hot 100, 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”) and Ian Tyson’s “Four Strong Winds”.
He received two further Grammy nominations for Best Country & Western Vocal Performance and Best Country & Western single for the latter song In 1965. In 1966, he received a yet another 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 and earned the trio a Grammy nomination. In 1968, he recorded an album with a group from England called The Hillsiders. In 1969, he had a Top 5 hit with Tom T. Hall’s ” The Lincoln Park Inn”.
Bobby moved to Mercury Records in 1970 and quickly earned a top 3 hit with “How I Got To Memphis”, and furthermore had two Top 10 hits with early Kris Kristofferson compositions, “Come Sundown” and “Please don’t tell me How the Story Ends” .He additionally scored a #12 hit in 1972 with a version of Dr. Hook and the medicine Show’s pop hit “Sylvia’s Mother”, composed by Shel Silverstein.
After two years at Mercury, Bare returned to RCA in 1973 and scored once more 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”, topped the country chart in 1974; the song remains Bare’s only #1 hit. It was co-written by his friends 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 #2 on the country charts but nearly reaching the Top 40 on the Pop charts. Bare’s album, Sings Lullabys, Legends, and Lies, became his most commercially successful album, finding him a new audience with pop radio once again playing his songs and also gaining a new following with college kids. These 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 in 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)” (an unusual Christian-football waltz, and a 1976 Grammy nominee). In 1977 he recorded “Redneck Hippie Romance” and “Vegas”.
Bare signed with Columbia Records and continued to have hits like “Sleep Tight Goodnight Man”, which barely cracked the Top 10 in 1978, alongside continuing to score critical acclaim with his releases Bare and Sleeper Wherever I Fall. In 1979, he started off Rosanne Cash’s career in a big way by being her duet partner on the Top 20 hit “No Memories Hangin’ Round”.
In 1980, he almost cracked the Top 10 with “Numbers”, which came from his album Down and Dirty. On that album, Bare started to experiment with Southern rock, which continued with his following album, Drunk and Crazy. The next year, Bare returned to his country roots with his Rodney Crowell-produced album As-Is, featuring the single “New Cut Road”.
Bare was still doing well chart-wise into the early 1980s. In 1983, his duet with Lacy J. Dalton, “It’s A Dirty Job”, hit the Top 30. His last trip into the Top 30 came that summer with the novelty song “The Jogger”. He also released “Used Cars”, the theme song from the film of the same name.
In January and February 2012, Bare joined up with Petter Øien 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 Øien and Bare finished third.= 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.
Bare was also given an opportunity to star in movies. He acted in a Western with Troy Donahue, A Distant Trumpet, and had a memorable scene being branded for desertion, and a few episodes of the TV series No Time for Sergeants. He turned his back on Hollywood to pursue his country career.
Bobby Bare Net Worth
Bobby has an estimated net worth of 44 million dollars as of 2019.
Bobby Bare Wife
Bobby is married to “Jeannie Sterling Bare“. They got married back in 1964 and are still together till date.
Bobby Bare Albums
- Detroit City
- 500 Miles Away from Home
- The Travelin’ Bare
- Tunes for Two
- Talk Me Some Sense
- A Bird Named Yesterday
- The Best of Bobby Bare – Volume 2
- The Lincoln Park Inn
- Real Thing
- Where Have All the Seasons Gone
- What Am I Gonna Do?
- High and Dry
- I Hate Goodbyes / Ride Me Down Easy
- Bobby Bare Sings Lullabys, Legends and Lies
- Singin’ in the Kitchen
- The Winner and Other Losers
- Hard Time Hungrys
- Cowboys and Daddys
- Down & Dirty
- Drunk & Crazy
- Ain’t Got Nothin’ to Lose
- Drinking’ from the Bottle
- Old Dogs
- The Moon Was Blue
- Darker Than Light
- Things Change
- Bobby Bare Songs
- “Things Change (with Petter Øien)
- “Are You Sincere
- “Wait Until Tomorrow
- Reno and Me
- When I Get Home
- Diet Song
- The Jogger
- The All American Boy
- Book of Love
- Shame on Me
- I Don’t Believe I’ll Fall in Love Today
- Detroit City
- 500 Miles Away from Home
- Miller’s Cave
- He Was a Friend of Mine
- Four Strong Winds
- A Dear John Letter (with Skeeter Davis)
- Streets of Baltimore
- Find Out What’s Happenin’
- (Margie’s At) The Lincoln Park Inn
- How I Got to Memphis
- Sylvia’s Mother
Bobby Bare “Marie Laveau”
This was bobby’s only number one and the final top ten country hit. It was written by Shel Silverstein and Baxter Taylor. “Marie Laveau” went to number one for a single week and spent a total of 18 weeks on the country charts.
The song is about a fictitious and ugly witch who lived in the Louisiana bayous in a hollow log with a one-eyed snake and a three-legged dog, having the same name as the famous New Orleans voodoo priestess, and who could make men disappear with a horrific screech. On the night of a new moon, Handsome Jack arrives and offers her a deal: if she conjures up $1,000,000 for him, he will marry her. After he receives the money, he backs out of the deal claiming that she is too ugly for a rich man like him; in retaliation, she screeches and Jack disappears.