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Most of the information we have found thus far is from 1964. One article mentions he had a "cloud" in his voice.
Music seemed to be always a part of his life. He would often practice with his sister Beverly at home.
But he did not think of music as a profession until he served his stint with the United States Army and returned from France. He returned to southern California; he was born in Buena Park, California.
He formed his own band and they made appearances throughout the southwest part of the country. He did appearances on the television show "Country Music Time". He also did numerous appearances on the show that Squeakin' Deacon Moore had.
He had developed a reputation that led him to do over 100 demo recordings in the three years prior to a 1964 article. His talent caught the ear of Eddie Miller that led to recording in Nashville. He had previously recorded on the Razorback and Dual-Tone labels.
Devvy Davenport wrote in her "Under My Hat" column in January 1964 that Bobby was playing to capacity crowds at the Parkway in Cypress, California. Devvy wrote in her column the following month that the Parkway was playing to large crowds due to Bobby and his band.
In 1966, Country Music Life was reporting that his Tower Records recording "Not What He's Got On His Mind" was a sleeper hit hovering in the Top 5 of the charts.
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