|Bobby will be both loved and remembered
by fans for both his musical and acting abilities.
Bobby was born in Harrisburg, PA. His family owned the J A Troup Music
House stores in Harrisburg and Lancaster. Bobby's father played the piano
and music was a big part of his young life.
After graduating from the Pennsylvania Wharton Business School, he enlisted
in the Marines. When he was not called for duty right away, he went to
New York and worked for Tommy Dorsey as a writer. After the incident at
Pearl Harbor, Bobby was sent to Officer Training School in the Marine
When he returned from the Marine Corps. He told his mother that he wanted
to try to become a song writer. He bought a 1941 Buick with his first
royalty check from his song "Daddy." At that time, New York and California
were the places for song writers to be.
He said he would give himself two years to make it and headed off to
Los Angeles, California, writing half of the song "Route 66" in the car
along the way The Lyrics. The song was formally recorded on March 16,
His idol was Nat King Cole and when he heard Bobby's songs, he loved
them. Bobby's songs have been recorded by many artists through the years,
including Julie London. The song "Meaning of the Blues" was written for
Julie. Along with several others.
His move into movies and TV shows was the result of studios getting actors
to act as singers and musicians, and Bobby was ask to be involved since
he really knew what he was doing. He played those parts in many shows,
and was great at being himself at the piano.