Honey – Bobby Goldsboro | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#1 for 5 weeks), 1968

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Honey songwriter Bobby Russell experienced a taste of chart success just a month after turning 21 when surf-rockers Jan & Dean took his Tennessee to #69 in 1962. Four years later Gary Lewis and The Playboys made Bobby a Top 10 contender with their version of Sure Gonna Miss Her. Then, in early ’68 Bobby’s Little Green Apples became a #6 country single for Roger Miller, and reached #2 pop by O.C. Smith. Still, the best was yet to come. Working at home one evening, Bobby noticed how much a tree he’d planted in the front yard had grown. Honey flowed from there. Bob Shane, formerly of the Kingston Trio, first committed Honey to vinyl, and Bobby Goldsboro heard it. Bobby G’s own recording took just two takes. Take two rocketed to #1 in just four weeks. At the Grammy awards both Honey and Little Green Apples received multiple nominations with Apples taking home two statues for Bobby Russell.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Bob Montgomery

Lyrics Written by:

  • Bobby Russell


  • “Honey” was nominated for Best Original Song at the 40th Academy Awards in 1968