Bobby Sherman was a star in the late sixties and early seventies when his shaggy hair and big smile captivated girls across the United States.
Bobby Sherman was born on July 22, 1943 in California. His full name is Robert Cabot Sherman, Jr. When he was nine, his family moved from Santa Monica to Van Nuys in the San Fernando Valley.
At eleven, Bobby took up the trumpet and discovered he loved music. At thirteen, he built the first of three scale models of Disneyland. Bobby attended high school at Birmingham High School, where he played football, was a member of the dance band, and realized he loved singing.
Bobby’s Big Break
In 1964, Bobby joined with his old band to play at a Hollywood party. Natalie Wood was among the attendees that praised his singing, and his performance led to his securing a reputable agent. As a result, he landed a role on the television show, “Shindig.” The show lasted from 1964 to 1966. During that time he recorded several albums with the Decca label, but none achieved the success he was craving.
Following his role on “Shindig,” Bobby appeared on numerous television shows, including “The Dating Game,” “The FBI,” “Honey West,” and “The Monkees,” before landing a part on the series, “Here Comes the Bride.” Bobby played Jeremy Bolt, and he quickly developed a large following.
Bobby’s Becomes an Idol
Bobby’s first hit, “Little Woman” was released under the Metromedia label in 1969. He found himself touring on the weekends as well as acting in a hit show. His photo was plastered everywhere, from teen magazines to lunch boxes, and his signature chokers became extremely popular. He also wrote a column for Tiger Beat Magazine for several years. Bobby had four hits with the Metromedia label that were million sellers: “Little Woman,” “La La La (If I Had You),” “Easy Come, Easy Go,” and “Julie, Do Ya Love Me.”
Bobby’s appearance on an episode of “The Partridge Family” in May 1971 led to his starring in a spin-off series, “Getting Together,” and his own television special. Pitted against “All in the Family,” “Getting Together” lasted only 13 weeks.
Bobby married Patti Carnel in 1971, and they had two sons together, Christopher in 1972 and Tyler in 1974. With the break from television and singing the cancellation of his show provided, Bobby devoted himself to his sons and building his third and final Disneyland model. He took a first-aid course to better his parenting skills, and found his new love, emergency medicine. He and Patti divorced in 1979, and Bobby has not remarried.
Life Out of the Spotlight
Although Bobby has appeared in movies and television shows (“Mob Squad,” “Sonny and Cher,” “Love Boat”,” Fantasy Island,” “The Johnny Cash Show,” “The Pat Sajek Show,” “Jay Leno,” and “Frasier,” among others) since his stint as a teen idol, his main love has been emergency medicine. He has worked for the L.A.P.D since 1988 as a specialist training new recruits in CPR and first aid. In 1999, he became a sheriff for San Bernadino County where he continues training new recruits.
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