Hello, Lobo was born Roland Kent LaVoie. He was born on July 31, 1943 in Tallahassee, Florida. He was a constant member of the Billboard Hot 100 between the years of 1971 through 1980. A singer/songwriter, Lobo charted 16 Hot 100 hits, three Top 10 hits and eight Top 40 hits. He also had four #1 Adult Contemporary hits. He was a member of The Legends in 1961…a group that included, Jim Stafford, Gerald Chambers, Jon Corneal and Gram Parsons. His stage name, Lobo is Spanish for wolf. During the 1960s he performed with many other groups. In 1969 he released his first solo record on Laurie Records…HAPPY DAYS IN NEW YOR CITY/ MY FRIEND IS HERE but neither side of the single reached the national charts.
By 1971, he started calling himself Lobo. His producer Phil Gernhard became an executive for Big Tree Records and signed Lobo to a record contract. His first single was a big Top 10 hit. ME AND YOU AND A DOG NAMED BOO made its Billboard Hot 100 debut on April 3, 1971. The single peaked at #5 and remained on the chart for 13 weeks. It was a huge radio favorite. The single also reached #4 in the UK on the UK Singles Chart. Lobo’s first hit sold over 1 million copies and was awarded a “Gold Record”. The single also became a #1 hit on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart hold the top spot for 2 weeks.
There were four Hot 100 hits that followed between June of 1971 and July of 1972. In August of 1972 Lobo charted his biggest single record…I’D LOVE YOU TO WANT ME. The single became a #2 hit on the Hot 100, his highest charted pop hit of his career. The record also became his second #1 Adult Contemporary hit. I’D LOVE YOU TO WANT ME became a huge international hit…charting at #1 in Germany and #5 on the UK Singles Chart. The record became another million-seller…reaching “Gold” in November of 1972.
In December of 1972 Lobo was back on the charts with yet another huge hit…DON’T EXPECT ME TO BE YOUR FRIEND. This single became his third Top 10 hit, charting at #8 on the Hot 100. The single became Lobo’s third Adult Contemporary #1 hit. In the spring of 1973 there was yet another big Lobo hit on the chart…IT SURE TOOK A LONG, LONG TIME. The record climbed the Hot 100 to #27 and remained on the chart for 11 weeks. In June another record that became a Lobo favorite…HOW CAN I TELL HER…made its debut and reached #22 on the Hot 100.
His next Top 40 hit charted in April of 1974…STANDING AT THE END OF THE LINE…reached #37 and was followed in July by…RINGS…a re-make of the Cymarron hit from 1971 (#17). Lobo’s recording charted at #43. His last hit single for Big Tree Records came in March of 1975…DON’T TELL ME GOODNIGHT…became a Top 30 hit, charting at #27.
In 1976 he ended his contract with Big Tree Records. In 1977 he signed with Curb Records. He released the single…AFTERGLOW…but it did not chart. He released…YOU ARE ALL I EVER NEED…in 1978 and it too, failed to chart. He moved on to MCA/Curd Records in 1979 where he released his last Top 30 hit…WHERE WERE YOU WHEN I WAS FALLING IN LOVE. The record became a #23 Hot 100 hit and his fourth #1 Adult Contemporary #1 record. His last charted hit was…HOLDIN’ ON FOR DEAR LOVE…a #75 hit on the Hot 100 in December of 1979.
He became popular in Asia during the late 1980s and released material into the late 1990s. He remained popular there through the mid, 2000’s. His recordings are still popular on oldies radio and sound great listening to them today. He lives with the great artists and music from the “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.
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Till the next time—Joe