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Finding Bobby Doyle

25 Aug

A few years ago, I saw a documentary about Hugh Hefner and was stunned by a man singing the best rendition of “Blowin’ in the Wind” that I have ever heard. Immediately, I went searching for that song to download on my iPod. I could not find the song, but, more strikingly, I could not find anything about the man, Bobby Doyle.

This sent me on an Internet search to find all I could about him. I wrote about it in a post called “Searching for Bobby Doyle” and hoped that some day his music would become available. Apparently, I was not the only one because comments began to appear from people who were also searching for him. They had also seen the documentary and were trying to find out about the man with the haunting voice.

It was good to know that other people were interested in Bobby’s music, but I was stunned when an old friend and band mate of his left a comment. Through emails, he has told me about Bobby and his life singing in the bars of Austin, Texas. He has told me stories about the struggles of being a musician who was good enough to make it big but never got that big chance. Through his emails, I have learned more about Bobby than I could ever imagine. I have learned a lot, but there is one thing that I know for sure. I wish I could have sat in an Austin bar and listened to Bobby perform. If I was lucky, then he would come over after his set and tell stories about his life and times.

Through Bobby’s friend, I found out that a writer was doing a story on Bobby. When the story was published, the writer sent a link to me, and it is exactly what I was looking for from the beginning. It is a great story that chronicles to life of a man who I wish I could have met. I urge you to read it.

Bobby’s friend also told me about something that was happening close to my home. The Country Music Hall of Fame inducted Kenny Rogers in its latest class and planned an exhibit in his honor. I knew from my early research that Kenny Rogers got his start in the Bobby Doyle Three. Apparently, his time with the trio would be part of the exhibit.

This morning, my wife and I had brunch in Nashville and went to the exhibit. As soon as we entered the room, there was a wall dedicated to the Bobby Doyle Three.image

As I read the information and looked at the pictures, a knot formed in my throat. It may sound strange, but I was getting emotional. A man who played in bars throughout Austin and never made it big was being introduced to people at the Country Music Hall of Fame.image-6

As we went through the rest of the exhibit, I kept looking to see if people were reading about Bobby. They were doing more than that. They were checking out his pictures and his album covers.image-4 Hopefully, some of them will walk out and look for his music.

Unfortunately, Bobby’s music remains a rare find. A couple of songs are on iTunes, but most of it cannot be easily found. Today, I am more convinced than ever that his music needs to be out there for people to hear. If nothing else, then his version of “Blowin’ in the Wind” should be available. I promise that it is the best rendition that you will ever hear.

As we walked out of the exhibit, I glanced one more time at Bobby’s wall and thought, “Bobby, you finally made it.” I wish I had known him. I wish that I had heard him live. I wish he was still here to know that people are finding him.

My iPod Has Issues – Like For Real This Time

23 Apr

Some of you know about this series of posts. I write for a while about how messed up and confused state in which my iPod stays. It is filled with such an array of music that is gets confused and does not know exactly who it is. In short, it has an identity crisis.

Now, my iPod has some really serious issues. When my old laptop fell to the Blue Screen of Death, my files were trapped inside.Blue Screen

Luckily, the computer guy saved those files and brought them over to the Mac. Tests. Syllabi. Papers. Speeches. They are all here. He was also able to retrieve the music files I had uploaded from CD’s. Unfortunately, the computer guy was not able to get them back into iTunes.

You know about iTunes. They like to protect what you have purchased but have no use for what you bought in a real record store and put on the computer yourself.

Anyway, my music library is lacking. That means my iPod is in limbo. It still has the songs that were there before, but I cannot add any cool new stuff. You know, like the Jeremiah Johnson soundtrack that I bragged about the other day. Hopefully, my nephew can fix it when he comes back from college in a couple of weeks.

Until then, I will keep my iPod busy with a list of twenty random songs that can be found in its brain.

“Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers

“Rovin’ Gambler” by Mac Wiseman (who was just today inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame)

“Dark Night” by The Blasters

“Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears

“Moody Blue” by Elvis Presley

“On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” by Propellerheads

“Arriving in Deadwood” by Michael Brook

“Don’t Bring Me Down” by The Animals

“Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell

“I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That” by Elton John

“500 Nations” by Peter Buffet

“You Send Me” by Sam Cooke

“Brown Eyes Girl” by Van Morrison

“Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi

“Love, Love, Love” by Ted Jarrett

“He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones

“Quiet Dog” by Mos Def

“Missing You” by John Waite

“Honky Tonk Women” by The Rolling Stones

“Oh Yeah” by Yello

Now, let us hurry up and get this music situation fixed.



Searching for Bobby Doyle

12 May

A few weeks ago, I watched Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, and Rebel, a documentary about, surprisingly, Hugh Hefner. It was filled with interviews about Hefner’s life and plenty of footage of life at the Playboy Mansion. However, my favorite parts were clips from his television shows – Playboy’s Penthouse and Playboy After Dark. Hefner had some of the best entertainers of the time on these shows, and the documentary highlighted some of the most famous ones. But, there was one I had never heard of.

Bobby Doyle sang the most amazing rendition of “Blowin’ in the Wind” that I have ever heard. He played the piano while wearing dark glasses, and his voice was mesmerizing. As he sang, I kept wondering why I had never heard of him. I also wondered where I could find his version of the song. When the show was over, I went searching for Bobby Doyle.

My first stop, like always, was Google. As is usual, Wikipedia was listed at the top of the page. I clicked it and found a page titled, “Bobby Doyle (jazz vocalist)”. The entry was only two paragraphs long, and it stated that he passed away in 2006. It also said that the Texan performed with “Blood, Sweat and Tears”, and his own group, “The Bobby Doyle Three”. Interestingly, this group included Kenny Rogers, who was just inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. That’s about it. Although, there was a list of recordings that did not include “Blowin’ in the Wind”.

Thinking the page of Kenny Rogers may have more information, I clicked his link. It said that he was a member of “The Bobby Doyle Trio” but didn’t have a link back to Doyle.

Then, I started thinking that there must be an obituary somewhere. I couldn’t find it by Googling Bobby Doyle, so I added singer to my search. There was his obituary in an Austin, Texas newspaper. It chronicled his music career but said that his greatest impact on Austin was a music venue called Ego’s. It also explained the dark glasses when it said that he attended the Texas School for the Blind.

Now, I was beginning to find out who Bobby Doyle was, but it only added to my curiosity. I wanted to know his music, but I also wanted to know him. Obviously, I saw Doyle on the documentary, but there must be other images. Unfortunately, I could only find a few.

There was an old album cover.Bobby Doyle Album

There was “The Bobby Doyle Trio”.Bobby Doyle Trio

However, this was my favorite.bobby Doyle Drawing

Soon, I realized there were not enough images or information on the Internet for someone as talented as him. This is when I went searching for his music. The best place for that had to be the iTunes Store because it has everything. However, it didn’t have much from Bobby Doyle.

A 1950s compilation album had “Pauline”, and another compilation album had “Hot Seat”. Through the Years: A Retrospective covered the career of Kenny Rogers and included a couple of songs from his days with Doyle. This included “Don’t Feel Rained On”, “Fly Me to the Moon”, and “My Mammy”. That’s it. Five songs.

Bobby Doyle, the singer with the great voice, only had five songs on iTunes. There was not a complete album, and there was definitely no version of “Blowin’ in the Wind”.

Next, I went to the other place to find music, YouTube. A couple of videos offered the same songs that were on iTunes, but a few others showed Doyle playing “Sweet Little Angel” and “Kansas City” at an Austin music venue. With that, there had to be the clip that I saw in the documentary. The one where he sang “Blowin’ in the Wind”. It was nowhere to be found.

There was one last stop on my search for Bobby Doyle – the Internet Movie Database. He appeared several times on The Joey Bishop Show and once on Playboy After Dark. He also had a song on the soundtrack of the 1971 movie, Vanishing Point.

At that point, I stopped searching for Bobby Doyle. What did I learn in my search? I learned that there was a great pianist and vocalist from Texas who more people need to hear. I learned that there are talented people out there who gained a bit of fame but faded from memory. I learned that many of those people helped others become really famous. I learned that the Internet does not have all of the information in the world. I learned that the world needs to be reintroduced to Bobby Doyle.

A Plumber, a Presentation and Willie Nelson’s Book

11 Jan

I was going to write a post about the movies I saw this weekend. Three in three days. However, I don’t feel like putting a lot of thought into a cinematic analysis. Instead, this post is about today’s activities.

It started with the usual waking up process. It takes a while for me to get out of bed, but, when I do, I hit the floor running. There is no drinking of coffee or watching of the Today Show.

It's always weird to hear an announcer say, "Tomorrow on Today!"

It’s always weird to hear an announcer say, “Tomorrow on Today!”

It goes from bathroom activities to getting dressed to hitting the door. Getting up to flake around the house is not for me. It wastes good sleeping time.

I made it to campus in time for today’s in-service session. Several of the teachers who received summer grants talked about how they used to money. We learned about Chemistry, Biology, History, Economics and working with deaf athletes. Unfortunately, I had to go before the last presenter took the microphone.

They didn't use this kind of microphone, but it would have been cool if they did.

They didn’t use this kind of microphone, but it would have been cool if they did.

After a quick lunch, I returned to my office and worked on a few of the assignments for the upcoming semester. I have some new ideas that I hope will work out well. I also had to mess around with my iTunes. This new version got downloaded, and I am trying to figure out why songs that I deleted popped back up.

There was also an enlightening conversation with one of my History mates. We members of college faculties can have some interesting talks. I know the students would be surprised by that.

Once the conversation was over, I headed to the house to take care of some domestic issues. This included calling a plumber to work on a running toilet. It has already been looked at twice. You would think it would be tired of running by now. It also included calling someone to look at the gas logs. I need a little ambience around here.

On to the treadmill where I spent 45 minutes getting my heart rate up and reading Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die by Willie Nelson.

Appropriate title.

Appropriate title.

It’s not a scholarly work by any means, but it’s a good treadmill read. Yes, we members of college faculties like easy reads, too.

Let’s see. Treadmill. Willie. Then, the second shower of the day before a dinner of salad, chopped steak and a baked potato. Now, I am blogging and watching the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team beat the crap out of the Missouri Tigers. The Lady Vols are pretty good this year, but it isn’t the same without Pat Summitt prowling the sidelines.

She is Tennessee basketball.

She is Tennessee basketball.

After the game, I may watch the original Ocean’s 11 with the Rat Pack.

Some real cool cats.

Some real cool cats.

Or, I may read some blogs. Or, I may think of a better blog post for next time.