A true country music giant, Bobby Bare scored nearly five dozen top 40 hits from 1962 to 1983. In a laconic vocal style that embraces both wry country wit and poignant folk storytelling, his literate, cross-cultural appeal has earned him the sobriquet "the Springsteen of country."
Born Robert Joseph Bare in Ironton, Ohio, he had a rough early life. "Well, my mother died when I was five," he told the author of Country Music Changed My Life. "That was in early '41. I had two sisters, one was seven, one was two. My dad couldn't take care of all us. So my younger sister was adopted to some people who lived down the road. Then, my other sister stayed with my grandparents and different relatives." To cope with the unease of being shifted around so much, the youngster dreamed of being a country singer and even made his first guitar.