1970 Bobbi Martin – For The Love Of Him
Barbara Ann Martin grew up in Minnesota. When she was old enough, she moved to Baltimore, began singing in local nightclubs, and began using the name Bobbi Martin.
Bobbie began recording singles in 1960 and within a year had recorded for three different labels. Her primary label became Coral Records through the mid-sixties. Her first charting record came in 1965. I didn’t recognize the title of the single, but recognized it as soon as it began playing on YouTube. Don’t Forget I Still Love You sounded a lot like something Brenda Lee might have recorded and perhaps that helped it reach #19 on the Hot 100. The single nearly topped the Adult Contemporary (AC) Chart, where it peaked at #2.
She had four more top forty singles on the AC chart that year, but none of them came close to the top forty on the Hot 100. After that streak, Bobbi went five years without charting anywhere, except for one single that peaked at #64 on the Country chart.
Bobbi signed up with United Artists Records in 1968. Her first album on the label was a collection of covers of hit country records. Her first single from the album was her version of Harper Valley PTA, a song written by Tom T. Hall. Jeannie C. Riley released the hit version of the song, and Bobbi’s single only bubbled under the Hot 100.
Bobbi recorded another album of country tunes the next year, although she and her producer (Henry Jerome) wrote the title track for the album, For The Love Of Him. The first single from the album, Your Cheating Heart, again failed to chart. The second single from the album was her cover version of Patsy Cline’s I Fall To Pieces. Perhaps as a way to push some money to the singer and her producer, they put For The Love Of Him on the B-side of the record. Instead of the A-side reaching the Country chart, it must have been a surprise to everybody involved when the top forty stations and AC stations turned the record over and played the B-side. Her single reached #13 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the AC chart in 1970!
Bobbi had three more singles reach the top forty on the AC chart, but she never got onto the Hot 100 again. And that #64 record from 1966 became the only time she charted on the Country chart.
Several more singles followed on Buddah Records and MGM Records, and her last release came in 1975 on Green Menu Records.
Cancer took Bobbi from us in 2000.
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