"Bobby Bare" (born "Robert Joseph Bare" on April 7, 1935 in Ironton, Ohio) is an American country music singer and songwriter.
In the fifties after many failed attempts to sell his songs, he finally was signed up with Capitol Records and recorded a few rock and roll songs without much chart success. Just before he was drafted into the Army, he wrote a song called “The All American Boy” and did a demo for his friend, Bill Parsons, to learn and record it. Instead of using the version Bill Parsons did later, the record company, Fraternity Records, decided to use the original demo done by Bobby Bare. The record reached number 2 on the Billboard Top 100, but it was wrongly credited to Bill Parsons.
His real big break came when RCA boss and guitarist Chet Atkins signed him to the RCA label. The first song he released on this label, “Shame On Me”, sold nearly a million copies and pushed Bobby Bare to fame overnight. His second RCA release, “Detroit City” won him a Grammy for the best song of the year. Then a surge of hits followed, including “500 Miles Away From Home”, “Four Strong Winds” and others. He has also recorded two very successful albums with Skeet...