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Bobby Bare: Detroit City

As we've discussed before, Country Music is one of the progenitors of Rock and Roll along with the Blues and Folk. BOBBY BARE signed with Capitol Records in the late 50's as a Rock Artist, but didn't make much headway. He wrote a song in the Army called "The All American Boy" for singer Bill Parsons, but Fraternity Records decided to release Bobby's demo instead; unfortunately the records were released with Bill's name on the label instead of Bobby's, but it reached #2 on the Top 40 Chart and convinced Bare that he could do this thing.

 

Then he got lucky, landing on RCA Records in 1962 and into the lap of musical genius and producer, CHET ATKINS. His first single produced by Chester didn't do to well, but the second one was DETROIT CITY, shooting up to #6 on the Country Chart, and #16 Top 40, and earning him the Grammy for Best Country Song in 1964. Bobby Bare was on a roll and next he covered Hedy West's Folk Song, "500 Miles," with "500 Miles From Home" starting with spoken words ("A tear fell on the note that my dear old mama wrote" ) and then he had another country hit with Ian Tyson's, "Four Strong Winds."


An incredibly long string of Country Hits followed, but his Pop Radio play drifted away. In 2013 Bobby Bare was inducted into the Country Hall of Fame along with Kenny Rogers. He's still active at age 81, writing, recording and performing. Scott selected a great Black and White video with augmented sound of young Bobby in 1964 singing Live, "Detroit City" to a crowd in Oslo, Norway. @therealdonrocks

 

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