Bob Lind (born Robert Neale Lind, in
Baltimore, Ohio, November 25, 1942) is a folk music singer/songwriterwho reached the height of his success during the 1960s. Lind is best known for his transatlantic chart hitsingle, " Elusive Butterfly", which was a #5 hit in 1966.
Lind signed a
recording contractwith Liberty Records' subsidiary, World Pacific Records, in 1965, and it was on that label that he had that particular hit. The single may have done even better in the UK Singles Charthad he not had competition from established British recording artist Val Doonican, who released a cover versionof the song. In the end, both versions of "Elusive Butterfly" made #5 in the UK in the spring of 1966. [ [http://www.45-rpm.org.uk/dirv/vald.htm Val Doonican ] ] [ [http://www.everyhit.com/retros/index.php?page=rchart&y1=1966&m1=04&day1=1&y2=1966&m2=04&day2=1&sent=1 Retro Charts - everyHit.com ] ] Lind also wrote "Cheryl's Goin' Home", which was covered by Adam Faith. It was Faith's last British hit.
Over 200 artists -- including
Cher, Glen Campbell, Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton, Eric Clapton, Nancy Sinatra, The Four Tops, Richie Havens, Hoyt Axton, and Petula Clark-- have covered songs written by Bob Lind, but as a recording artist, he remains a one-hit wonder.
Lind retired from the
music businessin 1969 to pursue other interests. In more recent years he has resided in Floridaand works as a writer. He is the authorof five novels, and has written for such supermarkettabloids as the Weekly World Newsand the Sun. [ [http://www.boblind.com/reviews.html Bob Lind - Reviews for Live at Luna Star Cafe ] ]
Lind returned to the
music businessin 2004, when he began performing again and established an official website. In 2006, RPM Recordsre-issued the album "Since There Were Circles", and in 2007, Ace Records (UK)released "Elusive Butterfly: The Complete 1966 Jack Nitzsche Sessions."
The British band, Pulp, have a song named after him: "Bob Lind (The Only Way Is Down)", from their album, "
We Love Life". [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Love_Life]
*"Don't Be Concerned" - (1966)
*"The Elusive Bob Lind" - (1966)
*"Photographs Of Feeling" - (1966)
*"Since There Were Circles" - (1971)
*"You Might Have Heard My Footsteps - The Best Of Bob Lind" - (1993)
*"Live at the Luna Star Cafe" (2006)
*"Elusive Butterfly: The Complete 1966 Jack Nitzsche Sessions" - (2007)
* [http://www.boblind.com Official Website]
* [http://www.tsimon.com/lind.htm Bob Lind Appreciation Website]
* [http://www.spectropop.com/BobLind/index.htm Spectropop's Bob Lind page] has recent album and touring information.
* [http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/lyrics3/Elusive_Butterfly_Bob_Lind_lyrics.html "Elusive Butterfly" Lyrics]
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