Tonight on the 6PM news I mentioned how Denise is awaiting the return of warm weather so she can go walking outside with Bobby Sherman playing in her headphones. She immediately broke into a rendition of “Julie, Julie, Julie, do you love me.” Our producer Jamie Mascia, a mere child at 27, then told us she had no idea who Bobby Sherman was.
Bobby Sherman is very much alive. He turns 65 this summer, but in 1970 he was the most popular teen idol in the land. He was Denise’s first schoolgirl crush along with Davy Jones of the Monkees. “Bobby Sherman was just the neatest and cutest,” Denise told me tonight, with just a tinge of swooning in her voice. She and her three sisters used to play his records over and over again at their home in Rockville, Maryland. These girls born in the Eisenhower era were trendy tweens in the times of Vietnam and Nixon.
Bobby Sherman was also an inspiration of sorts for boys. I started taking guitar lessons around then and remember having long hair like Bobby Sherman and David Cassidy. I still have that first small guitar that was almost too big for my 7 year old fingers. I’ll post a picture of me with my Bobby Sherman “do” as soon I can. These guys were cool and the girls loved them. The wild pants, the loud shirts, and of course, the hair.
For me and other boys in my generation , Susan Dey of the Partridge Family was the dream girl along with Marcia on the Brady Bunch.
Easy come, easy go.
UPDATE: Denise heard from Bobby Sherman!
and Denise was contacted by a man who runs an organization in Los Angeles that Bobby Sherman is very much a part of it. Here it is: http://www.bsemt.org/pub.home.php