Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day 07/03/2019

A 1961 local band in Winter Haven Florida had a few notable members but sadly fell apart too soon:

  • Gram Parsons, who was later a member of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers (and was instrumental in the growth of Country Rock.
  • Jim Stafford, an incredible guitarist who had a series of mostly novelty hit records in the mid-seventies and now is a fixture in Branson Missouri.
  • Roland Kent LaVoie, who you probably think you’ve never heard of.

Perhaps you might remember Roland thanks to his stage name: Lobo. His first single in 1971 was Me and You and a Dog Named Boo, a top-five single that also reached number one on the Adult Contemporary charts. Over time, he did much better on the Adult Contemporary charts than on the Pop charts, chalking up four number one records and four more top ten records.

His record company proceeded to release a series of singles from his first album, Introducing Lobo, but none of them landed in even the Top Forty. His second album, Of A Simple Man, spawned two more top ten records in 1972, after which his record company seemed to figure out two hit singles per album was his limit.

Lobo’s third album contained two songs that made the top thirty in 1973. His first single from the album only made it up to #27. His second single from CalumetHow Can I Tell Her, did a little better, peaking at #22.

His career slid downhill after that, although he did manage to reach the top thirty twice more, in 1975 and 1979. After that, Lobo had a few records chart in the top 100 Country charts, but his glory days were behind him. Oddly enough, he later had a somewhat successful career recording and appearing in Asia.

Lobo continued to make live appearances as recently as 2017.

He doesn’t appear to be related to Los Lobos at all.

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