Bobby Day Over and Over
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Bobby Day Rockin’ Robin

Singer and songwriter Bobby Day

Rock and Roll

Bobby Day, which is the professional name of Robert James Byrd, was a very influential part of the music business during this doo wop era — and a big part of 1950s music and 1960s music. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Day was an R&B, soul singer, songwriter, record producer, and musician. He was a member of the group The Hollywood Flames as well as the original Bob in the duo Bob & Earl. Day founded the group The Famous Flames, of which James Brown was the lead singer — and Day is credited with his discovery. Day also wrote songs for many artists, including Thurston Harris, Clyde McPhatter, and the Jackson Five.

In 1958, Day and Leon René (credited as Jimmie Thomas) collaborated on “Rockin’ Robin.” Day liked the song so much he decided to try his hand as a recording artist and make his own record. The famous piccolo part was played by Plas Johnson, who later played the saxophone solo on “The Pink Panther Theme.” Although Bobby Day wrote many more hits (e.g., “Itty Bitty Pretty One” and “Over and Over”), this was his only hit record as a singer. “Rockin’ Robin” went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song has been covered by many popular artists, including Chuck Berry, Michael Jackson, Gene Vincent, The Hollies, Cliff Richard, The Spinners, and, of course, The Muppets.

Over and Over” was the B-Side to “Rockin’ Robin” and also charted well.

Here are the lyrics to “Rockin’ Robin” by Bobby Day:

(Tweedle-lee-dee-dee-dee, tweedle-lee-dee-dee x 3)
(Tweet x 4)

He rocks in the tree tops all day long
Hoppin’ and a-boppin’ and a-singing his song
All the little birds on Jaybird Street
Love to hear the robin go tweet tweet tweet

Rockin’ robin (Tweet x 3)
Rockin’ robin (Tweet, tweedle-lee-dee)
Go rockin’ robin
‘Cause we’re really gonna rock tonight
(Tweet, tweedle-lee-dee)

Every little swallow, every chick-a-dee
Every little bird in the tall oak tree
The wise old owl, the big black crow
Flappin’ their wings singing go bird go

Rockin’ robin (Tweet x 3)
Rockin’ robin (Tweet, tweedle-lee-dee)
Go rockin’ robin
‘Cause we’re really gonna rock tonight
(Tweet, tweedle-lee-dee)

A pretty little raven at the bird bandstand
Taught him how to do the bop and ‘, it was grand
They started going steady and bless my soul
He out-bopped the buzzard and the oriole

He rocks in the tree top all day long
Hoppin’ and a-boppin’ and a-singing his song
All the little birds on Jaybird Street
Love to hear the robin go tweet tweet tweet

Rockin’ robin (Tweet x 3)
Rockin’ robin (Tweet, tweedle-lee-dee)
Go rockin’ robin
‘Cause we’re really gonna rock tonight
(Tweet, tweedle-lee-dee)

Well, a pretty little raven at the bird bandstand
Taught him how to do the boppin’, it was grand
He started going steady and bless my soul
He out-bopped the Buzzard and the Oriole

He rocks in the tree top all day long
Hoppin’ and a-boppin’ and a-singing his song
All the little birds on Jaybird Street
Love to hear the robin go tweet tweet tweet

Rockin’ robin, (tweet, tweet, tweet)
Rockin’ robin’ (tweet, tweedle-lee-dee)
Go rockin’ robin
‘Cause we’re really gonna rock tonight
(Tweet, tweedle-lee-dee)

Rockin’ robin, (tweet, tweet, tweet)
Rockin’ robin’ (tweet, tweedle-lee-dee)
Go rockin’ robin
‘Cause we’re really gonna rock tonight
(Tweet, tweedle-lee-dee)

(Tweedle-lee-dee-dee-dee, tweedle-lee-dee-dee x 3)
(Tweet x 2)
[Wolf whistle]

To hear more music by Bobby Day, you might consider this from amazon:

To hear a Bobby Day song sung by Thurston Harris: “Little Bitty Pretty One.”

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7 Comments

  1. steve harris says:

    Forgot about over and over. Loving all of this doo wop music history.

  2. […] he sees a pretty girl. Unfortunately for him, she’s waiting for her steady date. In 1958, Day’s recording of “Over and Over” went to #1 on the U.S. R&B Chart and #41 on the U.S. Top 100 Chart. The Dave Clark Five had an […]

  3. […] he sees a pretty girl. Unfortunately for him, she’s waiting for her steady date. In 1958, Day’s recording of “Over and Over” went to #1 on the U.S. R&B Chart and #41 on the U.S. Top 100 Chart. The Dave Clark Five had an […]

  4. […] For other songs by Bobby Day, including “Rockin’ Robin” and “Over and Over”: Bobby Day Songs. […]

  5. […] For other songs by Bobby Day, including “Rockin’ Robin” and “Over and Over”: Bobby Day Songs. […]

  6. […] for him, she’s waiting for her steady date. The song was the B-Side to Day’s hit “Rockin’ Robin.” In 1958, “Over and Over” went to #1 on the U.S. R&B Chart and #41 on the […]

  7. […] which was the professional name of singer, songwriter, and producer Robert James Byrd  (“Rockin’ Robin,” “Over and Over“).  The song was made popular, though, by Los Angeles-based […]

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