25 GOLD RECORDS
The '60s were about
neighbors and friends. Going to church on Sunday. Never having to lock
your doors. It was about those black leather jackets - the cars - and the
pom-poms. It was about a boy going fishing with his father or a father
taking his son to a baseball game or the girls going to their pajama parties.
It was about sharing money to take your friend to the show on the weekend.
It was carrying your girlfriend's books after school.
I can still remember
as a youngster coming home from school and singing in the alley and a neighbor
shouting next door to my mother saying, "Hey Mary, I hear Bobby coming
home!" Coming home from school to Mom's apple pie and those fresh
buns coming out of the oven. We could hardly wait for the weekends to come
so we could go to the dances and the roller rink. I remember the high school
sock-hop dances that we still do today.
Yes, the '60s were
about family - and it was about music. We got our first impressions from
black and white TV and Elvis singing "Love Me Tender." I admired
Elvis; he influenced all our lives, including mine. I remember all the
Coca-Cola records and my first big commercial for them. "Things Go Better
With Coke," which the radio stations played like a hit record.
The '60s were filled
with dreams that we all had the opportunity to fulfill. You could not only
dream about it, you could actually do it! You could shoot for the moon
and be happy to land among the stars. I remember being on tour, on the
bus with Dick Clark and all the American stars - and being in England on
"Thank Your Lucky Stars" and then in Hollywood singing with the stars.
I remember singing with Bill Haley and the Comets, The Coasters, Chubby
Checker, Roy Orbison and all the good times I spent with so many artists.
I remember recording songs in RCA's Studio B in Nashville with engineer
Bill Porter, where many of the songs in this album were first recorded.
It was a special time for all of us. That's the '60s I remember.
My life's been like
a football game! On those occasions when I'd be running towards the goal
line, going for the touchdown, and someone would knock the ball out of
my hand, I'd get back up, and while they were fighting for the ball God
would throw me another long pass. I'd take that lateral step, catch it,
and run for the touchdown.
I've designed this
album so these hits will carry you back to the '60s and I sincerely hope
these 25 gold records bring you much joy and great memories.