Bobby Sherman, born as Robert Cabot Sherman, Jr., is an American singer, songwriter and actor who became a famous teen idol during the 1960s and 1970s. He first surfaced on ABC-TV's ‘Shindig!’ and then appeared in the comedy series ‘Here Come the Brides’. Sporting a fashionably shaggy hairstyle and a winning smile, Sherman then went on to rule the pop charts as a singer with the well-produced "La La La”, "Little Woman," "Julie, Do Ya Love Me” and "Easy Come, Easy Go," all of which became major hits in US. He abandoned his singing career in the 1970s but continued working in television shows. A qualified EMT, Sherman has also served the Los Angeles Police Department, training police academy recruits in first aid and CPR. On a personal note, the multitalented artist is a father of two sons whom he had with his first wife. Just like their father, they are also working in the music industry.
Childhood & Early Life
Bobby Sherman was born on July 22, 1943 in Santa Monica, California, USA to Juanita and Robert Cabot Sherman Sr. He has a sister named Darlene.
He attended Birmingham High School where he joined a dance band and became interested in singing. At the age of 11, he started playing the trumpet and later progressed to play 16 musical instruments!
Following his graduation from high school in 1961, Sherman studied at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California.
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Bobby Sherman initially started as a vocalist in 1962. He sang for Sal Mineo’s old band at a party and eventually got the opportunity to play a house singer in ABC’s show ‘Shindig!’, which ran from 1964 to 1966.
In the mid-1960s, he also appeared in an episode of ‘Honey West’ in which he performed a song titled "The New Girl in School," co-written by Brian Wilson, Roger Christian, Bob Norberg and Jan Berry.
His luck changed drastically in 1968 when he was cast in the role of a stammering, bashful logger named Jeremy Bolt in the drama series ‘Here Come the Brides’. The series became a hit and established him as an actor.
In 1969, he released "Little Woman" with Metromedia Records. The single charted at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and eventually earned gold status by R.I.A.A. after selling over one million copies.
From late 1960s to mid-1970s, the singer toured extensively worldwide in support of his records and albums. Some of his hit songs released during this period are "Hey, Mister Sun", "Cried like a Baby", and "Waiting at The Bus Stop," which reached #19, #10 and #31 in Canada respectively.
He was a frequent guest on the TV shows ‘Where the Action Is’ and ‘American Bandstand.’ In 1971, he featured in an episode of ‘The Partridge Family’. He later had guest roles in several drama series including ‘The Mod Squad,’ ‘Murder She Wrote,’ ‘Ellery Queen,’ ‘Frasier,’ ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ ‘Good Day LA,’ ‘The Rosie O'Donnell Show,’ ‘Entertainment Tonight,’ and ‘Good Morning America,’ to name a few.
In 1981, Sherman starred in the musical comedy movie ‘Get Crazy’. Five years later, he joined the cast of the sitcom ‘Sanchez of Bel Air.’
After a 25-year absence, he performed in "The Teen Idol Tour" in 1998 along with artists Davy Jones and Peter Noone. His last solo concert was in Rhode Island on August 25, 2001.
From 1968 to 1970, Bobby Sherman garnered much attention with his role of Jeremy Bolt on ABC’s sitcom "Here Come the Brides". The show was loosely based on the Mercer Girls project.
As a singer, he gave many hits during the late 1960s and early 1970s, including "Easy Come, Easy Go”, "Julie, Do Ya Love Me" and "La, La, La", all of which sold over a million copies and earned gold discs for Sherman.
His single "La, La, La" reached #7 in Canada and #9 in US; "Julie, Do Ya Love Me" peaked at #3 in both Canada and Australia; and "Easy Come, Easy Go" charted at #9 in US and #7 in Canada.
Family & Personal Life
From 1971 to 1979, Bobby Sherman was married to Patti Carnel. The couple had two sons.
In the 1990s, he joined the Los Angeles Police Department as a technical Reserve Police Officer, a position he still holds today. Sherman was later promoted to the position of captain in the department.
He also began serving in San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff in 1999, eventually retiring in 2010. He, however, continued with the LAPD.
On July 18, 2010, the singer cum actor married Brigitte Poublon in Las Vegas. The couple founded the non-profitable Brigitte & Bobby Sherman Children's Foundation.
Sherman has also had a few same-sex affairs in the past, including liaisons with actor/singer Sal Mineo and actor Danny Lockin.