Art&Seek presents This Week in Texas Music History. Every week, we’ll spotlight a different moment and the musician who made it. This week, Texas music scholar Gary Hartman remembers a singer whose song about a bird “flew” up the charts not once, but twice.
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Bobby Day was born Robert Byrd in Fort Worth on July 1, 1928. At the age of 15, he moved to California, where he performed with several bands. In 1957, he started a group called the Satellites and began enjoying success with such songs as “Little Bitty Pretty One.” However, Bobby Day achieved national fame in 1958 with a tune about a bird that quickly climbed the charts to No. 2. In 1972, Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five released their version of “Rockin’ Robin,” and, once again, it reached No. 2 on the charts.