Thursday, 29 November 2018

Bobbi Martin born 29 November 1943

Bobbi Martin (November 29, 1943 – May 2, 2000) was an American country and pop music singer, songwriter, and guitarist.

Born Barbara Anne Martin in Brooklyn on November 29, 1938, but grew up and began her singing career in Baltimore, working her
way up from local venues onto the national nightclub circuit. Bobbi began her recording career with the tiny Maypole Records in 1960 with the release (Ay Ay Ay) I'll Wait Forever/Is It True. It did well enough on a regional basis to get her a deal with Decca's Coral subsidiary in 1961, where she would experience almost four years of frustration trying to land that one breakthrough national hit until she released her debut album, Don't Forget I Still Love You.


The title track was a hit in the U.S., peaking at No. 2 on the Easy Listening (adult contemporary) chart and No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100. A follow-up single "I Can't Stop Thinking of You", first introduced on the nationally televised Dean Martin Show won her the Cashbox Disc Jockey Poll as Most Promising Female Vocalist of 1965.

Judging from the results of her next eight Coral singles, at least insofar as the Hot 100 was concerned, it looks like the effects of the British Invasion finally took hold (as it did on quite a few other North American artists), although she clearly had established a loyal following within the Easy Listening market. Then, in October 1966, her cover of the 1958 Don Gibson hit, Oh, Lonesome Me, reached # 64 Country and # 134 Hot 100 Bubble and then two more failed releases following which she was dropped by Coral in early 1967.

Next stop was United Artists where she again experienced frustration with five straight failed releases, most of which were covers of old hits: While popular at nightclubs in Miami Beach, New York, Las Vegas and Puerto Rico, and on TV appearances with the Jackie Gleason, Ronnie Dove, Tonight, and Dean Martin Shows, it would be 5 years before she scored another hit with "For the Love of Him", from the album of the same name. This song went to No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and No. 13 on the Hot 100.  Bobbie toured with Bob Hope on his 1970 USO military Christmas Show in Vietnam.

The singer charted with many smaller regional, Bubbling Under Hot 100 and Easy Listening chart records up to 1972. But while she would then retain her new-found popularity with the Easy Listening audience for the next little while, the Hot 100 would more or less elude her.

In 1971 she got married and resurfaced at Buddah Records where she charted with two records Tomorrow and Something Tells Me (Something's Gonna Happen Tonight). It was also during that year she lost her mother to cancer. Then more tragedy struck when she lost her voice due to swelling of her vocal chords.

In 1975 she had a daughter and she tended to family life in Dallas, but by 1981 her marriage fell apart and she lived off the remnants of “For The Love of him” royalties. She worked painstaking hours with a vocal coach and gradually her singing voice returned. She continued recording into the early 1980s and after which she retired and sold real estate.

Martin died of lung cancer on May 2, 2000 at the Brighton Wood Knoll medical facility in Baltimore. Martin had one daughter, Shane Clements.

(Compiled and edited from Wikipedia,Amazon & Times Herald-Record)


boppinbob said...

For Bobbi Martin - "FOR THE LOVE OF HIM ANTHOLOGY" go here;

01. For The Love Of Him
02. Harper Valley PTA
03. Wooden Heart
04. Tennessee Waltz
05. I Fall To Pieces
06 Your Cheatin' Heart
07. Give A Woman Love
08. Lovesick Blues
09. Crazy Arms
10. She'll Have To Go
11. Only You (And You Alone)
12. Oh Lonesome Me
13. I Love You So
14. Don't Forget I Still Love You
15. I Can't Stop Thinking Of You
16. Forgive Me
17. Just One Time
18. A Girl's Prayer
19. I Think Of You
20. I Walk The Line
21. A You're Adorable
22. Just As Much As Ever
23. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
24. Why Should I Cry
25. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie
26. Anytime
27. How Long
28. I'll Never Stop Loving You
29. Tired And Blue
30. Auf Wiedershen (Goodbye)

tamworthted said...

Thanks Bob, Sad story of her life and to die so young even sadder. A lot of great singers of that time just couldn't get the breaks that they deserved and it would be no different today. Thank god I can't sing a note, what a hard road to travel. Not many make the big time.

frank tally said...

thank you so much - Aussie