Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Good Morning, Class of '64
A light, misty rain that should develop into something heavier at any time has moved into the neighborhood.  Conditions could become icy, but the snow that's following close behind isn't supposed to amount to much. (Update: "something heavier" developed and conditions became icy. So far, no snow) Knock on wood! We'll be listening for the weather monitor to sound the alarm telling of flooding in the area. There should be no danger of flood waters at this location, but it could cause problems beside streams in lower areas  and create havoc with traffic. 
Looking through a list of popular recording artists of the  fifties and sixties, something pops out as you read along. You see Ricky, Buddy and Richie along with other names, but the name you see most often is Bobby. Looking on a list compiled by the Social Security Administration of the most popular names of the 1940s you find 
Robert at #2, 
Bobby at #48 
and Bob at #114. 
In the 1930s  
Robert was #1, 
Bobby was #27, 
and Bob was #85 on the list.
It isn't surprising, then, that so many of the guy singers of our listening years were named Bobby. Bobby can be a nickname for Robert and a given name in its own right. In the class of '64, at TVHS, we had three Roberts. Remembering back to those days, all three were "Bobs" and one was also a "Bobby". In your own family,  there could be a Robert, Bobby or Bob. There was one in mine.
Bobby Bare (country)
Bobby Bland (R&B)
Bobby Darin 
Bobby Goldsboro
Bobby Helms (country)
Bobby Rydell
 Bobby Vee
Bobby Vinton
Where is your name on the list of popular 1940 names?
Mine is #4. It was #5 in the 1930s. It dropped out of favor in the 1970s, moving to #30 and to #61 in the 1980s. By the 1990s it had dropped to #133, and it's nowhere to be found on the 2000 list.  
Shame on Me - Bobby Bare
Mack the Knife-Bobby Darin
Bobby Goldsboro - See the Funny Little Clown (1963)
Bobby Helms - My Special Angel
Bobby Rydell - Wild One
 Bobby Vee - Take Good Care Of My Baby - 1961

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