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Bobby Goldsboro reflects on music, art and life at Colony Cottage show

Barbara Bohm, left, admires a piece of Bobby Goldsboro's artwork. Her husband wound up buying it for her.
Barbara Bohm, left, admires a piece of Bobby Goldsboro’s artwork. Her husband wound up buying it for her.

Bobby Goldsboro played guitar with Roy Orbison, was the opening act for the Rolling Stones and had the No. 1 song in the world in 1968, “Honey.”

But these days, art, not necessarily music, is his real passion.

His artwork was on display Sunday afternoon at Colony Cottage Recreation Center.

Many show attendees like Villager Lee Harwell came to see Bobby Goldsboro the singer, but left appreciating Bobby Goldsboro the artist.

Goldsboro, a Florida native who now lives in the Ocala area, mingled with the crowd and told stories about his life, his career, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Goldsboro never partied like Keith Richards.

“I guess I was fortunate to always have good people around me,” Goldsboro said.

While the drug culture dominated a good portion of the music scene in the 1960s and 1970s, clean-cut Bobby Goldsboro churned out a steady series of hits, including the memorable Mac Davis-penned, “Watching Scotty Grow.”

Barbara Bohm of the Village of Mallory Square said her daughter, now 49, recently reminded her how much she loved that song.

“I always liked ‘Honey,’ but I was talking to my daughter recently and she said that the song about ‘Scotty’ had always been a good memory for her,” Barbara said.

Barbara’s husband, Dale, bought a Bobby Goldsboro framed print on canvas, “Good Friends,” for his wife.

The asking price was $799.

“That’s a few birthdays, an anniversary and at least one Christmas present,” Dale joked.

Goldsboro, of course, was happy to sign it for her.

Bobby Goldsboro's "The Sentry" was inspired during a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Bobby Goldsboro’s “The Sentry” was inspired during a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

 

Villagers Carolyn and Lee Harwell with Bobby Goldsboro's wife Dianne, center.
Villagers Carolyn and Lee Harwell with Bobby Goldsboro’s wife Dianne, center.

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