1971 Bobby Sherman – Cried Like A Baby
Bobby Sherman was born in 1943 and began recording music in the early sixties while barely only a teenager. His first single, I’ll Never Tell You, was released on Condor Records in 1962. Sal Mineo wrote some other songs that Bobby recorded, but nothing charted.
Sal invited Bobby to sing with his old band at a party in 1964. As a result of the party, Bobby signed with an agent who helped him get hired to appear on the television show Shindig. Bobby appeared on the show for a year, during which he sang covers of current popular hits and also did some live commercials. Thanks to his young age, good lucks, and singing ability, it didn’t take long for Bobby to turn into a teen idol.
Bobby’s recording career didn’t take off until he appeared on another television show in 1969, Here Come the Brides. He quickly had four top ten records in 1969 and 1970 that each sold a million copies, beginning with the single Little Woman, which reached #3 on the Hot 100. By 1970, the amount of fan mail that Bobby got outnumbered any other ABC star. His string of big hits ended with the release of the #5 record, Julie Do You Love Me in 1970.
Marcie Blane had a single that reached #3 in 1962, I Want To Be Bobby’s Girl. The most blatant attempt to profit from Bobby’s teen idol status came when Patti Carnel issued a version of the 45 with a cover picture that showed a girl staring at a picture of Bobby on her wall. I can remember passing on playing the single on my radio show and mercifully, the new version was not a hit.
The television show only lasted two years, and Bobby’s recording career took a nosedive after it ended. Cried Like A Baby came out in early 1971, and the record peaked at only #16 on the Hot 100. It also failed to sell a million copies. His next single only reached #29, and that record was his last visit to the top forty.
In early 1971, the Partridge Family had a backdoor pilot for Bobby’s next television show, Getting Together. The show was about a pair of songwriters. The show began in the Fall of 1971 and it appears they partially based the show on the duo of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. Nothing about the show was good enough to keep it on the air past a few months.
Bobby appeared in guest star roles on various television shows after that, and he soon quit his showbiz career. He was impressed enough by the real life drama involving EMT’s when he appeared on an episode of Emergency in 1974 that he volunteered with the Los Angeles Police Department and became an Emergency Medical Technician. That became Bobby’s second career, and he served as a trainer on CPR and first aid. He eventually earned the rank of Captain.
From 1998 to 2001, Bobby returned to touring with oldies shows. To make room for the shows, he became a reserve member of the Police Department beginning in 1999. He continued training new recruits until he retired completely from the department in 2010.
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