BOBBY DARREN was born September 9, 1954, in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. Bobby’s wife (Debbie) is originally from Appleton, Wisconsin. They have three children, two sons, (Bobby Jr., and Danny) and a daughter (Carrie). All his life Bobby has lived with traditional country music. His parents (Ike and Marge) played guitar and mandolin and sang back in the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and early 50’s. A brother (Danny) was also well known in country night spots. Bobby is the youngest of his 8 brothers and 3 sisters.
Bobby’s vocal and instrumental talents are superb. He sings a variety of sentimental ballads, traditional country, contemporary country, bluegrass, some 50’s, 60’s and sometimes does impersonations. George Jones and the late Hank Williams Sr., have always been Bobby’s inspirational idols. Besides playing lead guitar Bobby also plays fiddle, dobro, mandolin and bass guitar, (left handed). In his spare time he enjoys writing his own songs which he often includes in his show. Fishing, hunting, baseball are some of Bobby’s hobbies. He likes to cook, especially Mexican food. His favorite color is black.
Bobby has sung with the bands of Tommy Cash and Stonewall Jackson and has played lead guitar for Bill Philips. He has been front band for such artists as George Jones, Moe Bandy, Sonny James, Little Jimmy Dickens, Johnny Rodriguez, Jerry Reed, Margo Smith, Johnny Russell, Leon Everett and more. June 23, 1995, Bobby again opened for the legendary George Jones at the Porterfield Festival in Marinette, Wisconsin.
Bobby taught himself to play guitar at age 5 and has been singing since age 7.
*Age 12-Rawhide Talent Show, WLUK-TV, Green Bay, Wisconsin
*Age 13-March of Dimes Show, Channel 2, Green Bay, Wisconsin
*Age 14-Performed as Bobby Darren & The Drifters
Competed in many talent contests, played in convalescent homes and for many church functions.
*1975-made first recording: The Door, Orange Blossom Special, A-11 and The Band Keeps Playing On
*1976-Performed a television show on Channel 7, Wausau, Wisconsin
Did many live radio broadcasts over WEGN, Menominee, Michigan and WCLJ, Marinette, Wisconsin
All of Bobby’s albums and CD’s were recorded in Nashville
*First album: Country Classics in 1978.
*Single White Wisconsin Christmas in 1983.
*Second album-Breakthrough From the Heart, with Lover’s Purple Heart being a single off the album in 1985.
*Where the Good Times Go. Two singles off the album are originals: “I’ll Just Turn and Walk Away” and
“ Angel First Class,” both being songs Bobby wrote in 1994.
The evaluation rating done on Bobby’s CD’s with various rated radio stations came back with good comments.
1995 proved to be a busy year packed with the following events;
A personal showcase at the Stage Door Lounge at Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.
Guest on the “Live at Libby’s” radio show in Daysville, Kentucky, which is broadcast coast to coast.
Honored guest on the Star born Jamboree at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.
Recorded 4 songs to be introduced to major labels, TNN, the Grand Ole Opry Show and the music industry:
White Lighting, 500 Miles Away From Home, Just You and I, (written by Bobby) and Country Rosie’s (written by Bobby).
Chet Atkins attended Bobby’s recording sessions and autographed Bobby’s guitar, as they talked and took pictures together.
Did a second performance on Live at Libby’s and was given an open invitation to return and perform anytime.
December 22, 24, 26, 1996 - Did a biographical interview on Cable TV-Channel 4, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Bobby presently performs as THE BOBBY DARREN COUNTRY SHOW. When Bobby entertains, you will find response in every listener.
Julie L. Stickney, President
Bobby Darren Fan Club