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About Bobby ...
Bobby was Songwriter of the year '67' for "Apartment #9!"
Also: his red show suit (by designer NUDIE, a well known designer for
Elvis and other stars of the era) is on display in the country and western
museum in Bakersfield, Calif.
He topped the billboard charts with the album of the year, title
song: "Apartment # 9 BY BOBBY AUSTIN." It charted at the top
for 26 weeks BEFORE Tammy Wynette covered the song and subsiquintly
had her very first #1 hit! Bob's label was Tally. In a recent article
(4/28/98) in Country weekly Tammy Wynette story by Daniel P.
Ray - The quote is made by Johnny PayCheck as stating "Her first hit
was the Johnny Paycheck written Apt #9, released in 1966." Whenever
Tammy and I worked together she would always do Apt #9." Paycheck said
"she knew I'd be listening and she'd dedicated it to me. It made me feel
great that my song was so instrumental in getting her record deal with
Epic. Let it be known that Bobby Austin wrote that song, using his wife's
name on the label Fern Foley (I have a 45!) and Johnny Paycheck.
He wrote one line and Bob shared the credit and being the guy he is.
Bobby was on tour during the grammy's 67' and was unaware at the time
that he was to receive a grammy for songwriter of the year, well
apparently, Fuzzy Owens' secretary Espinata picked up the grammy and
Bobby has yet to have ever lay his eyes on it.
He still enjoyed a private
pickin' session occasionally! Bobby Plays Bass, acustic and sings. He was married
to Fern and they lived in Vancouver, Wa, They have 4 children and several
grandchildren. Bob viewed the Rockabilly HOF site for the first time
on is birthday great surprise for him. He's never been on the net.
WE ALL LOVE YA BOBBY...THANKS FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE MUSIC!
Earlier Page Updates:
Bobby Austin Update. Dec. 28, 2000 - Bobby is home recovering from a second pacemaker
implant. Earlier this month, Mr. Austin underwent successful implant surgery at the Portland,
Oregon Veterans Hospital. He is service connected as a Merchant Marine. Bobby
would like to thank all the folks who sent emails. Send e-mails to Kim (Dunmore00@aol.com).
Update, April 17, 2000 - Bobby Austin will be 67 May 4, 2000. Bobby is
still fighting each day to
remain vital, he would love to get email messages. We are asking for special
messages to pass on to him this year from friends, partners, musicians, etc.
Your messages will bring Mr. Austin great joy. Thanks.
Please send e-mails to: Kimberley - Dunmore00@aol.com
Update, Oct. 2, 1998 -
Bobby is very pleased with the new release of "Tammy Wynette Remembered".
His song APARTMENT # 9 is featured as the 4th song on the album, performed
by Melissa Ethridge. Bobby loves the new arrangement and his wife-Fern
commented that it was SPOOKY hearing her husbands words in a new light. Mrs.
Austin loves the entire works and has listened to the album repeatedly! Also,
their is another Wynette recording of originals out by Heartland Music - any
on them? Bob's health is weakening but the new waves have him in good
Also, he would like to send a special thanks to Billy Swan for the
he autographed and sent. Bob says he is a true brother for such a big
heart...Thanks. E-mail is always welcome! Sincerely, Bobby's Buddy.
Bobby's 65th birthday: Monday, May 4 (1933)!
He started as a bass player in Vancouver,Wa. He moved his family to L.A.
and knocked on doors until he met Buck Owens and got into a studio
audition which earned him a signing with Capitol. Bobby performed with
Buck Owens, Winn Stewart & the Tourists and Merle Haggard performed with
him also. Bob stayed with Capitol for 7-8 yrs and then signed on with
Atlantic. With Knoxville Station on the HOT TOP 20, Bobby was on the
charts solo! Also a successful songwriter at the time with such hits for
other artists were APT # 9 (written for Tammy Wynette - Her 1st #1 Hit)
and the record company released the song penned by FERN FOLEY (Bobby's
Wife). He wanted it in her name,though Johnny Paycheck wrote the line
Loneliness surrounds me, without your arms around me-Bobby allowed him
1/2 of the songs rights. Additionally, Bob wrote Try A Little Kindness
Performed by Glen Cambell. Bob has lived with Dialysis for several years
but he also worked his other art-as a well known folk artist in the
Northwest. Other record companies that Bobby worked
with were Tally records and Central Song.
-- above submitted by Bobby's Buddy (Dunmore00@aol.com)
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