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Bobby Troup

Bobby Troup

"Bobby Troup" (October 18, 1918 - February 7, 1999) was an American actor, jazz pianist and songwriter. He is best known for writing the popular standard "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66", and for his role as Dr. Joe Early in the 1970s US TV series ''Emergency!''.

Bobby Troup was born Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA. He graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His earliest musical success came with the song ''Daddy'' which was a regional hit in 1941. He served as a Captain in the US Marines during World War II. His first marriage was to Cynthia Troup. Troup's light and humorous musical style was similar to that of the Nat King Cole Trio. In the 1940s Cole had a hit with Troup's best known song "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66" which became a popular standard and, in the 1960s, one of the earliest recordings by the British rock group The Rolling Stones.

Troup produced torch singer Julie London's million selling hit record "Cry Me A River" in 1955 and they married five years later, following London's divorce from actor Jack Webb, then directing and starring in the now-classic ''Dragnet'' TV show.

Bobby Troup was a member of the Sigma Alpha...

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