Chart Performance: Pop (#5); 1971
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
Few outside of the Tampa, Florida area have heard of the Rumors, who played there in the early 1960’s. Yet, several of its members went onto pop success and, in one case, legendary status. Former Rumor Jim Stafford’s biggest hit was Spiders & Snakes while Gram Parsons achieved fame with the Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers prior to his death. Which brings us to Roland Kent LaVoie. After high school, he went on to the University of Florida where he released his first single in 1965 (a cover of Johnny Rivers‘ What Am I Doing Here With You) as a member of the Sugar Beats. Another band (The Uglies) and another single (It’s Gonna Be So Hard) followed before Kent got a solo shot in 1969 with Happy Days In New York City. Two years later Kent finally hit paydirt (as Lobo) with Me And You And A Dog Named Boo. As for Jim Stafford, he moved to Nashville where he launched Spiders & Snakes, My Girl Bill, and Wildwood Weed into the pop Top 15: all produced by his one-time Rumors buddy, Kent LaVoie.
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- Phil Gernhard
Lyrics Written by:
- Lobo under his real name Kent LaVoie