Wednesday, June 4, 2014

"Bobbie Sue" by Oak Ridge Boys

Song#:  0874
Date:  01/16/1982
Debut:  85
Peak:  12
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Country Crossover

Pop Bits:  After years in the gospel/country business, the Oaks hit it big in the country-pop arena with "Elvira" (#5 pop, #1 country) from their album "Fancy Free." They scored a second country #1 from the album with the title track, but it failed to make the pop chart. However, the title-track single from their follow-up album "Bobbie Sue" got them back on the pop chart and almost into the Top 10. It became their sixth #1 on the country chart. The song also got them a Grammy nod for Best Country & Western Performance, Duo or Group.

ReduxReview:  This song has a fun late 50s-ish doo-wop/rock feel. It kind of reminds me of The Coasters' hit "Charlie Brown" (#2, 1959). Of course, the Oaks' bass vocalist Richard Sterban is the stand out as he was on "Elvira." The song is not a real favorite of mine, but it's a good early rock knock-off that the Oaks perform well. 

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  The song was co-written by Wood Newton. He released an album in 1979 that included three minor country chart entries. After that, he went on to co-write six other country Top 10 hits including this #1 and "Midnight Hauler," which was a #1 hit for Razzie Bailey in 1981.


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