Robert "Bobby" TroupPerry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

( Get Your Kicks On ) Route 66( Get Your Kicks On ) Route 66

 

Bobby Troup ( born Oct. 18, 1918, Harrisburg, PA, died Feb. 7, 1999 )

Bobby's father was a pianist who also owned music shops (J.A.Troup Music House) in both Lancaster and Harrisburg, PA, and it was in this environment that Bobby grew up. He matriculated at the University of Pennsylvania, and while still an undergraduate, he joined the school's acting company - The Mask and Whig, and composed (1941) the tune "Daddy" for one of the plays.

Upon his graduation from the University's Wharton Business School, he enlisted in the Marines. The Marines didn't call him immediately, and so Bobby found work as one of the arrangers for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. But with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Marine Corps sent him for additional training at their Officer Training School, following which he was assigned to the barracks on Saipan island in the South Pacific with the rank of Captain.

Mustered out at war's end, he decided to try his luck at Song writing. With money saved from his Marine Corps wartime duty, he bought a used 1941 Buick, and began driving cross-country for Los Angeles, CA, promising to give himself a 2 year try at being a songwriter. An interesting sidelight on that trip is that he he wrote most of the tune "Route 66", while driving along. (It was recorded on March 16, 1946.)

Troup got his first big break when Nat "King" Cole fell in love with his songs and began recording them. In time, many other vocalists would choose Bobby's tunes for recording, including Julie London, who would later become his wife. Such songs as "Meaning of the Blues" and others were written especially for Julie, including the title song for 1958 MGM movie "Man of the West" (Julie London and Gary Cooper starred).

Troup began his acting career in the 1950s, when Hollywood studios wanted actors to both act and play music. It was a natural situation for Bobby. (He has said that one of his favorite movies was the 1958 film 'The High Cost of Loving'. Later, he would work under Jack Webb in "Emergency!" in the part of 'Dr. Early', with his now wife Julie cast as 'Dixie'.

Over their careers, Bobby Troup recorded six albums while his wife Julie recorded thirty. Upon his death, he was survived by his wife Julie London who was herself in frail health, and their children, Reese, Jody and Kelly, and Bobby's two daughters by a previous marriage, Ronne and Cynnie. They were married for forty-four years, and had four grandchildren at the time of Bobby's demise.

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