Friday, July 19, 2019

Bobby Bloom (Montego Bay) Single (1970) + Bonus Track (Heavy Makes you Happy)

Bobby Bloom was an American singer-songwriter of some accomplishment but, with his life cut short, ended up a one-hit-wonder.
Bobby’s career began in the early 60s in a band named, The Imaginations.
In 1969, he was hired to write and record a Pepsi advertisement. That led to his being signed to a record label and recording his one hit – Montego Bay.
As a songwriter Bobby co-wrote the song Mony Mony (a hit for Tommy James and the Shondells and Billy Idol) and Sunshine, a hit for The Archies.
Bobby suffered depression for much of his life and died aged 28 in February 1974. The official cause of death – accidental shooting while cleaning his gun.

Bobby Bloom 2montego bay fax

Montego Bay was written by Bobby Bloom and Jeff Barry.
Montego Bay is about the city in Jamaica.
The song peaked at #3 on the UK Singles Chart and #8 on the US chart.
Trivia: In the master tape, Bloom breaks into a verse of Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ at the end of the recording. The single version fades out before it, however.  That was done to avoid paying royalties for use of the Rodgers & Hammerstein song (although the full version does appear on the Bobby Bloom Album and has received frequent airplay).
Montego Bay has been covered by a number of artists including New Zealander Jon Stevens whose version hit #1 in New Zealand on January 18, 1980.

Other recordings
(1970) Freddie Notes & The Rudies - (Trojan Records)
(1971) The Bar-Kays on their album Black Rock
(1971) James Last on his album Happyning
(1974) Foster, Pat, & Angie Sylvers on their album Foster Sylvers Featuring Pat & Angie Sylvers
(1978) Sugar Cane - a minor UK disco hit for the U.S. male/female vocal group - highest position in UK Singles Chart - #54
(1983) Allniters - a Top 20 hit for an Australian ska band.
(1986) Amazulu - a minor hit in the U.S. in September 1986, it reached #16 in the UK and =#6 in Canada.
(2005) Les Fradkin - on his CD Under The Covers.




  1. always thought it was a Freddie Notes song that Bloom covered but...

  2. Eu tive este vinil, mas não sei aonde está, talvez emprestei e.......fim, agora tenho-o no Pen Drive; Valeu, Thank You!


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