Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Honey, for better or for worse, #1 Hit this week in 1968

Forty years ago this week, Alabama native son Bobby Goldsboro's song Honey (I Miss You) hit #1 on the Billboard Charts.

Honey holds a unique position in American popular music history as both a #1 hit (for five weeks, from April 13 - May 18, 1968) and, according to a 2006 CNN list, named "The Worst Song of All Time". Despite that dubious honor, Honey was covered by a long list of performers including: Ed Ames, Eddy Arnold, Percy Faith, David Houston, John D. Loudermilk, Roger Miller, Jimmy C. Newman, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Tammy Wynette, Leon Ashley (Mental Journey, Jack Greene, Hank Snow, Lynn Anderson, Orion, Jim Nabors, Roger Whittaker, Sil Austin, Billy Joe Winghead, Lawrence Welk, Dean Martin, and Hana Zagorova.

Bobby Goldsboro was born Marianna, Florida and grew up in Dothan, Alabama. He also attended Auburn University before leaving to begin a music career. Goldsboro is still performing writing music. He is also featured in the "Homegrown in Alabama" section of our exhibit, Hear Hair Here! at the Hoole Library.

Watch a performance of Honey here:

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