The Rockin' Sixties II:
Fans & Media
After the release of his first record, "Hand In Hand With You," the charismatic Bobby Curtola, with his handsome boy-next-door looks, was quickly finding himself within a whirlwind that we now refer to as “Curtolamania.” Everywhere he went there were throngs of teenage girls screaming . . . “Bobby, Bobby. . .  We love you!”

Bobby set out on his first Western Canada Tour in the fall of 1960 with Edmonton’s famous DJ from CJCA radio, Barry Boyd and his band The Frantics. From there Bobby went on to become a trailblazer, establishing the first coast to coast tour circuit in Canada. Within the next year he was recording in Nashville with Bill Porter for RCA Studios, where he continued to record for many years.

Basil and Dyer Hurdon, Bobby’s first managers and song writers can be credited for much of this early success.

The hit “Fortune Teller” was released in 1962 and was soon to be Gold in Canada. The now Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer, Red Robinson, was instrumental in Fortune Teller’s success. Seeing its potential internationally, he sent it to Pat O’Day at Seattle’s KJR and Hawaii’s KPOI radio. The result was monumental. The Americans went crazy over it, especially since they couldn't buy it; it wasn't in the stores yet. A major US record deal was signed and Fortune Teller went on to become a 2.5 million seller internationally! Bobby now had everyone's attention! He was invited to tour with Dick Clark and his Cavalcade of stars, the beginning of many tours that followed. While on tour in England that same year, Bobby met The Beatles  and appeared on the famous British TV variety show “Thank Your Lucky Stars.”


CHUM Live Press Party

First Album: Hitchhiker
On Air with Red Robinson

With Dick Clark
On Dick Clark's Dance PartyAutographs 1961 CHUM

Manager Basil HurdonBobby and Manager/songwriter Basil Hurdon

1962 ParadeBodyguards 1962
Regina 1967

Order of Canada

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