Oldies/song title/artist


Hello Mr. Bryd, I hope you are well.
I'm trying to remember more about a song from the early 70's...it was a male vocalist, a ballad type song about childhood nostalgia.  All I can remember is one line.....   "and Joe Palooka fightin'", he mentions all kinds of things about growing up, coming of age etc.  Somewhat similar to Bobby Goldsboro's Summer (the first time), in fact that's what I thought the song was at first.  I hope you remember the song I'm talking about!  Thank you very much!

Hi Barbara,

The song you're looking for is "Childhood 1949" by Bobby Goldsboro, which was the b-side to "Summer (The First Time)" in 1973.  Here is a link to a YouTube recording of the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trgMSd0d-r8 (It's poor quality, but it's the only recording I could locate.) Also of note, the song was covered by Burt Reynolds on his rare LP, Ask Me What I Am, also from 1973, which Goldsboro produced.  Burt's no singer, but if you want to hear his version, it's the first track on this YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ulksaXiKSI



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Erick Byrd


I can answer all questions related to hit songs and pop artists of the rock and roll era. My specialty is U.S. Billboard Top 40 chart history and one hit wonders from 1950's through the 90's. I can also research lyrics to songs. I am more knowledgeable in the area of pop and rock songs, but I am willing to research soul and country songs. I cannot answer questions relating to classical, jazz, or rap songs. Also, I'm not an expert on music videos.


I am an avid reader of Joel Whitburn Top 40 books and a collector of all pop and rock hit songs.

My educational credentials include a college degree in history and over twenty-five years of life experience as a fan of popular music.

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