The Oak Ridge Boys
Written by Wood Newton, Adele Tyler, and Dan Tyler
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
March 12, 1982
#1 (1 week)
April 3, 1982
What do you do to follow up the best selling 45 in country music history?
You find another singalong song to launch your next album, that’s what.
“Bobbie Sue” is as derivative of “Elvira” as Tammy Wynette’s “Singing My Song” was of “Stand By Your Man.” It’s a clear attempt to recapture lightning in a bottle.
It mostly works, too. The lyrics had the potential to be creepy, given the focus on Bobbie Sue’s age, but the protagonist is adamant that they’re not doing anything until their wedding night, which might come to pass without the approval of Bobbie Sue’s parents.
I can’t help but think of it as an unofficial prequel to “Leavin’ Louisiana in the Broad Daylight.” The lovey-dovey calm before the storm. Dad doesn’t even know to get his shotgun yet.
I love the use of horns on this record and how amped up the production is compared to “Elvira.” Like most blockbuster sequels, it’s “Bigger! Faster! More!”
And also like most blockbuster originals, it’s not quite as good as the first entry but hits enough of the same beats to make it an enjoyable retread.
“Bobbie Sue” gets a B+.