MIKE GIBBONS OF Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods HAS DIED AT AGE 71

Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods

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Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods
Origin Cincinnati, Ohio,
United States
Genres Pop, garage rock
Years active 1965–1980; 1996–present
Website Official website
Members Bo Donaldson
Mike Gibbons
David Krock
Rick Joswick
Gary Coveyou
Baker Scott
Richard Brunetti

Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods are an American pop music group, known mainly for their 1970s hit singles, “Billy Don’t Be A Hero” and “Who Do You Think You Are“.

History[edit]

The band was formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1965 by their leader Bo Donaldson. They were first discovered while touring with The Osmonds in the early 1970s and signed with Family Productions, releasing their first single in 1972, “Special Someone”, but their big break came after moving to ABC Records and working with the record producer Steve Barri in 1973. Although their first single with ABC, “Deeper and Deeper,” failed to make a big impression on the charts,[1] beginning in 1974, the band began a string of hit songs. Their first two (and largest two) hits were cover versions of British hit songs whose original versions had not been hits in the U.S.: “Billy Don’t Be A Hero” (a cover of a Paper Lace song that reached #1 for 2 weeks on the Hot 100) and “Who Do You Think You Are” (written by Clive Scott & Des Dyer of Jigsaw, which originally became a hit for Candlewick Green and reached #15 on the Hot 100 with the Heywoods version). This was followed by their last top-40 hit, “The Heartbreak Kid” (# 39 Hot 100), and their ominously titled last Hot 100 hit, “Our Last Song Together” (# 95 Hot 100). “Billy Don’t Be A Hero” sold over three and a half million copies, receiving a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in June 1974.[1]

In 1975, they began a migration across three other record labels as the hits dried up by the end of the decade. By 1978, they were known as “The Bo Donaldson Band” and eventually split after trying country music with no success in the 1980s. They reformed again in 1996 as a nostalgia act and still make appearances, most notably in the Barry Williams hosted nostalgia show, Original Idols Live.

In 1996, Varese Vintage Records released Best of Bo Donaldson And the Heywoods, a 15-song compilation of material originally released on Family Productions (1972) and ABC Records (1973–1975). The CD contains all their charted singles and, in fact, includes 9 of the 11 songs featured on the 1974 LP Billy Don’t Be a Hero. (# 97 Hot 200) The CD booklet includes liner notes written by Gordon Pogoda and the CD features such highlights as “Who Do You Think You Are”, “The House on Telegraph Hill”, and “The Heartbreak Kid”. In 1975, the band was working on a second album of material for ABC including “Our Last Song Together”, released as a single (and which made the pop charts), and “Take Me Make Me Yours”, which to this day remains unreleased. Ultimately the group left the label and joined Capitol Records, where they recorded songs by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, the writing/producing team behind the UK act The Sweet.

Lead singer and trumpeter Mike Gibbons died on 2 April 2016.

Members[edit]

  • Robert Walter “Bo” Donaldson – keyboards
  • Mike Gibbons – lead vocals and trumpet
  • David Krock – bass guitar and backing vocalist
  • Rick Joswick – lead vocals and tambourine
  • Gary Coveyou – saxophone, flute and backing vocalist
  • Baker Scott – guitar (1974)
  • Richard Brunetti – drums
  • The Heywoods

    A: Midnight Hour
    B: Hey Joe

    Queen Bea USA 507 1967 7″ 1 8.0
    The Heywoods

    A: My Days Are Numbered
    B: Season Of The Witch

    Queen-B USA 509 1968 7″ 4
    Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods

    A: All Over The World
    B: Just For You

    Family Productions USA FPA-0918 1972 7″ 0
    Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods

    A: Da Doo Ron Ron
    B: Da Doo Ron Ron

    Family Productions USA FPA-0923 1972 Promo Only 7″ 2
    The Heywoods

    A: Special Someone
    B: I Wish I Could

    Family Productions USA FPA-0911 Aug 1972 7″ 0
    Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods

    A: Deeper And Deeper
    B: Drive Me Crazy

    ABC USA ABC-11402 1973 7″ 0
    Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods

    A: Thank You Girl
    B: You Don’t Own Me

    Family Productions USA FPA-0917 Jan 1973 7″ 2
    Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods

    A: Billy, Don’t Be A Hero
    B: Don’t Ever Look Back

    ABC USA ABC-11435 Apr 1974 7″ 8 8.5
    Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods

    A: Who Do You Think You Are
    B: Fool’s Way Of Lovin’

    ABC USA ABC-12006 Jul 1974 7″ 2 10.0
    Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods

    A: Who Do You Think You Are [Mono]
    B: Who Do You Think You Are [Stereo]

    ABC USA ABC-12006 Jul 1974 Promo Only 7″ 0
    Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods

    A: Billy, Don’t Be A Hero
    B: Don’t Ever Look Back

    ABC USA ABC-12011 Aug 1974 7″ 2
    Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods

    A: The Heartbreak Kid [Mono]
    B: The Heartbreak Kid [Stereo]

    ABC USA ABC-12039 Oct 1974 Promo Only 7″ 0
    Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods

    A: The Heartbreak Kid
    B: Girl Don’t Make Me Wait

    ABC USA ABC-12039 Nov 1974 7″ 1
    Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods

    A: Our Last Song Together
    B: Make The Most Of This World

    ABC USA ABC-12108 1975 7″ 0
    Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods

    A: The House On Telegraph Hill [Mono]
    B: The House On Telegraph Hill [Stereo]

    ABC USA ABC-12072 Mar 1975 Promo Only 7″ 0
    Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods

    A: Teenage Rampage
    B: Tie Me Down

    Capitol USA 4282 1976 7″ 1
    Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods

    A: Oh Boy [Mono]
    B: Oh Boy [Stereo]

    Capitol USA P-4237 1976 Promo Only 7″ 0
    Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods

    A: Teenage Rampage [Mono]
    B: Teenage Rampage [Stereo]

    Capitol USA P-4282 1976 Promo Only 7″ 0
    Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods

    A: Oh Boy
    B: Tie Me Down

    Capitol USA 4237 Mar 1976 7″ 0
    Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods

    A: Give Me Some Time [Mono]
    B: Give Me Some Time [Stereo]

    Playboy USA ZS8 5820 Oct 1977 Promo Only 7″ 0
    Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods

    A: Billy Don’t Be A Hero
    B: Deeper And Deeper

    MCA USA D-2689 1979 7″ 1
    Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods

    A: Billy Don’t Be A Hero
    B: Deeper And Deeper

    Goldies 45 USA D-2689 7″ 0
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