Hi, Carl Dobkins, Jr. is a pop singer/songwriter from the early days of rock and roll. He was born Carl Edward Dobkins on January 13, 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received the “Jr.” to his name because he was only 16 when he started singing. He recorded “IF YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVIN'” at King Records with The Seniors, his backing group in 1958. The master was sold to Decca Records. Carl then recorded for Decca in Nashville, Tennessee.
The first Decca hit single, made it’s Billboard Hot 100 debut on April 13, 1959. “MY HEART IS AN OPEN BOOK” was a Top 10 hit, charting at #3 for 3 weeks. Carl’s hit record was on the Hot 100 for 24 weeks (a long time in 1959). His big hit sold over a million copies and was awarded a “Gold Record”. The “B” side was “MY PLEDGE TO YOU”. He was a guest on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” fourteen times.
In October of ’59 Decca released “IF YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVIN’ as a single. It was a modest hit charting at #67. In December, his third single made its chart debut. “LUCKY DEVIL” was a big, it was on the Hot 100 for 17 weeks and charted at #25. In the UK, “Lucky Devil” would chart at #44 on the UK Singles Chart. There would be one more Hot 100 hit and that came on May 16, 1960 with the release of “EXCLUSIVELY YOURS”. The single was on the chart for 8 weeks and charted at #62.
Carl performs from time to time at oldies festivals. He left the music business in the mid-1960’s. He has toured with the big names of the era including, Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Bobby Vee, Buddy Knox and Bobby Rydell and that’s just a few. He still lives in Cincinnati with his wife of 50 years, Janice. You can visit his website at www.carldobkinsjr.com, there are a lot of pictures and interesting facts that you’ll enjoy.