OK. Let’s get this out in the open right away. As a young adolescent, I was a fan of Bobby Sherman.
That’s right. Bobby Sherman.
Yes, the man behind “Little Woman”, “Julie, Do Ya Love Me”, “Easy Come, Easy Go”, “La, La, La (If I Had You)”, and my favorite, “Seattle”.
I’ll first post a video to get you in the right mood and then provide info on his success as a performer. I’ll then share the dramatic turn his life took which led to a wonderful career as a public servant (which Ray V. will appreciate) and then close with one more video.
The song Seattle is from the TV show “Here Come the Brides”, which aired from 1968-70. Sherman played the bashful, stammering logger Jeremy Bolt. As of 1970, Bobby Sherman had received more fan mail than any other performer on the ABC-TV network. The song always made me want to visit Seattle, although I still have not made it there…
Sherman was born in 1943 and was a singer, actor, and occasional songwriter who became a teen idol in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He had a series of successful singles, eventually earning seven gold singles, one platinum single, and five gold albums. In May 1969, he released the single “Little Woman”, which peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (#2 in Canada) and spent nine weeks in the Top 20, selling over one million copies
Sherman gave many concerts to sellout crowds of mostly screaming young women from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s. The screaming of the young women was so loud that Sherman experienced hearing loss.
But it was his performance on an episode of the Jack Webb television series Emergency! (“Fools”, season 3, episode 17, aired January 19, 1974), which led to a new calling. Eventually, he left the public spotlight and became an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). He volunteered with the Los Angeles Police Department, working with paramedics and giving CPR and first aid classes. He officially became a technical Reserve Police Officer with the Los Angeles Police Department in the 1990s, a position he still held as of 2017. He was later promoted to Captain in the Los Angeles Police Department. For more than a decade he served as a medical training officer at the Los Angeles Police Academy, instructing thousands of police officers in first aid and CPR. He was named LAPD’s Reserve Officer of the Year in 1999. Talk about a second career…
Sherman’s commitment to public service has extended outside the U.S. He and his wife co-founded the Brigitte & Bobby Sherman Children’s (BBSC) Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to provide motivated students in Ghana with a high-quality education and music program, giving them the tools they need to pursue higher education and become successful, contributing adults.
Fun fact: Sherman was ranked #8 in TV Guide’s list of “TV’s 25 Greatest Teen Idols” (January 23, 2005 issue).
Here’s the final song, probably my favorite of his hit singles. My apologies for the tie…
Any other Bobby Sherman fans out there?