- Bobby Troup
Infobox musical artist
Name = Bobby Troup
Background = solo_singer
Born = birth date|1918|10|18|mf=y
Location = flagicon|USA
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died = death date and age|1999|02|07|1918|10|18
Location = flagicon|USA
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation = Songwriter, Actor, Musician, Composer
Years_active = 1941 - 1995
Bobby Troup (
October 18 1918- February 7 1999) was an American actor, jazz pianistand songwriter. He is best known for writing the popular standard "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66", and for his role as Dr. Joe Earlyin the 1970s US TV series" Emergency!".
Life and music
Bobby Troup was born in
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Bobby Troup was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon(ΣΑΕ) fraternity and the Mask and WigClub.
His earliest musical success came with the song "Daddy" which was a regional hit in 1941. He served as a Captain in the US Marines during
World War II. He was the first white officer to be given command of an all black unit in Jackson, North Carolina, where the men were living in tents, with filthy latrine conditions. At the time, in Jackson, a black person was expected to cross the street or stand in the gutter as a white person walked by. Troup's black marines built Quonset huts, new latrines, a nightclub, a boxing ring, a basketball court and formed a basketball team, a jazz band, an orchestra, and had installed a miniature golf course for his men. Soon, white marines of other units began spending time in that part of camp.Fact|date=October 2007
Bobby Troup's first marriage was to Cynthia Troup. Troup's light and humorous musical style was similar to that of the
Nat King ColeTrio.
In the 1940s Cole had a hit with Troup's best known song "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66" which became a hit for Cole and then a popular standard. In the 1960s, it was one of the earliest recordings by the British rock group
The Rolling Stones.
torch singer Julie London's million selling hit record " Cry Me a River" in 1955 and they married five years later, following London's divorce from actor Jack Webb, then directing and starring in the now-classic "Dragnet" TV show.
Troup's own recordings in the 1950s and 60s were not commercially successful. Nonetheless, he made some excellent recordings for
Liberty Recordsand Capitol Records, many with musicians that included the best of the West Coast school of jazz.
Television and movies
In the mid-1950s, Troup was one of three regular panelists (along with
Mel Blancand Johnny Mercer) in the game show"Musical Chairs", a Bill Leyden-hosted quiz program that aired locally on Los Angelestelevision for two years before NBC broadcast it in the summer of 1955. On the program, the viewing audience was encouraged to submit questions about music in an effort to stump the panel. The Troup Group provided much of the music in the game show. He also served as host of the NBC show " Stars of Jazz" featuring various jazz luminaries, particularly those working in Hollywood.
"The Music of Disney - A Legacy in Song" (1992) lists Bobby Troup as singer of the title song for 1965's 'That Darn Cat', although the
IMDBcredits this song to Bobby Darin.
While he relied on songwriting royalties, Troup also worked as an actor, playing musician
Tommy Dorseyin the film "The Gene KrupaStory" (1959). Later he had a memorable cameo as a disgruntled staff sergeant assigned to driving Hawkeye and Trapper John around in Japan in Robert Altman's 1970 masterpiece "M*A*S*H". (His only line of dialogue is a repeated exasperation, "Goddamn army!", later modified to "Goddamn army jeep!"). In 1972, Jack Webb, who had previously used Troup in a 1967 episode of the television series "Dragnet", cast him opposite Webb's ex-wife Julie Londonin the US TV series " Emergency!".
"Emergency!" was created by Webb, who had recently starred in a revival of "Dragnet" and was producing NBC's popular "
Adam-12". London and Troup had remained on cordial terms with Webb, who had used Troup (and his daughter Ronny) in episodes of "Adam-12" as well as the revived "Dragnet." In the role of Dr. Joe Early, Troup projected a relaxed amiability that brought humor to the show and contrasted with the intensity of actor Robert Fuller in the role of Dr. Kelly Brackett.
Troup also wrote the title song (sung by
Little Richard) in the classic 1950s rock and roll movie" The Girl Can't Help It". An instrumental rendition of his song "The Meaning of the Blues" appeared on the landmark Miles Davisalbum, " Miles Ahead". Troup's hipsterinterpretation of the fairy tale"The Three Bears" is often erroneously credited to "anonymous" and re-titled "Three Bears Rap", "Three Bears with a beat" etc. This song was first recorded by the Page Cavanaugh Trio and later by Western Swing bandleader Leon McAuliffe.
* "Daddy", 1941
* "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66", 1946
* "Bran' New Dolly" [Written and sung by Bobby Troup on RCA Victor some time between 1947-50]
* "The Girl Can't Help It",
* "Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring",
The Four Freshmen, The Beach Boys
The Meaning of the Blues", Miles Davis
The Three Bears"
* "Lemon Twist"
* "Baby Baby All The Time"
* "You're Looking At Me"
* "I'd Like You For Christmas"
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