“1959 The All American Boy – Bill Parsons (Bobby Bare)”

The All American Boy” is a 1958 talking blues song written and sung by Bobby Bare, but credited by Fraternity Records to Bill Parsons,with songwriting credit to Bill Parsons and Orville Lunsford. While Bare was in the army, Parsons lip synced the record on TV. The song reached #2 on the Billboard charts, and #22 on British charts.

The song was inspired by the success and then conscription of Elvis Presley, thus the Pop Chronicles music documentary used it as the theme song for its episodes focused on Presley.

A cover version was recorded by Bob Dylanand The Band in 1967, officially released November 4, 2014 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete.


In the late 50s, future Country Music star, Bobby Bare had many failed attempts to sell when he signed with Capitol Records. Just before he was drafted into the army , he wrote a song called ‘The All American Boy’ and did a demo for his friend, Bill Parsons. In 1959 Fraternity Records released the original demo recorded by Bare but it was credited to Parsons and would became the second-biggest single in the U.S. TRACKS: 1. Down On The Corner Of Love – Bobby Bare 2. Another Love Has Ended – Bobby Bare 3. Darlin’ Don’t – Bobby Bare 4. The Life Of A Fool – Bobby Bare 5. A Beggar – Bobby Bare 6. The Livin’ End – Bobby Bare 7. Vampira – Bobby Bare 8. Tender Years – Bobby Bare 9. The All-American Boy – Bill Parsons 10. Rubber Dolly – Bill Parsons 11. Educated Rock And Roll – Bill Parsons with The All American Boy’s Orch 12. Sputnick No. 2 – Bill Parsons 13. Buddies With The Blues – Bobby Bare 14. My Rockin’ Shoes – Bill Parsons 15. That’s Where I Want To Be – Bobby Bare with Johnny & The Jokers 16. I’m Hangin’ Up My Rifle – Bobby Bare with Johnny & The Jokers 17. Sweet Singin’ Sam – Bobby Bare 18. More Than A Poor Boy Could Give – Bobby Bare 19. No Letter From My Baby – Bobby Bare with The Charmaine Trio 20. Lynchin’ Party – Bobby Bare 21. Hot Rod Volkswagen – Bill Parsons 22. Guitar Blues – Bill Parsons 23. Book Of Love – Bobby Bare 24. Lorena – Bobby Bare 25. Sailor Man – Bobby Bare 26. Island Of Love – Bobby Bare 27. That Mean Old Clock – Bobby Bare 28. The Day My Rainbow Fell – Bobby Bare 29. Brooklyn Bridge – Bobby Bare 30. Zig-Zag – Bobby Bare


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