•  Bobby Doyle & The Ideals (5)
    (L to R) George Millard, Merle Moden, Chuck Joyce, Jerry Squyres, Jeff Rampy and Bobby Doyle

    Bobby Doyle & The Ideals (5) (Austin, Texas)


    Personnel :

    Bobby Doyle (lead)

    Chuck Joyce

    George Millard

    Merle Moden

    Jeff Rampy

    Jerry Squyres


    Discography :

    1958 - Too Late / Chug-a-Lug (Trinity AR-112)


    Biography :

    Robert Glen "Bobby" Doyle was an American singer, bassist, and pianist. He is best known for his early work with a young Kenny Rogers and for a brief stint with Blood, Sweat & Tears. Doyle joined the doo-wop group The Spades (later The Slades) in 1957 while still at McCallum High School in Austin. The Spades, a white group, had a Black/Chicano sound. "You Cheated" became their biggest hit. Its flip "The Waddle, " a dance song, was the original plug side.  In 1958, Bobby Doyle left the group and fronted another group, The Ideals with other McCallum High School students.  The Ideals consisted of George Millard, Merle Moden, Chuck Joyce, Jerry Squyres and Jeff Rampy. Bobby Doyle & The Ideals Recorded "Too Late" written by Bobby Doyle  and "Chug-A-Lug" written by Jane Bowers, owner of Trinity records who released the single.

     Bobby Doyle & The Ideals (5)
    The Bobby Doyle Three (L to R) Don Russell, Bobby Doyle & Kenny Rogers

    In 1960 he formed The Bobby Doyle Three with Don Russell and standup bass player Kenny Rogers, then a student at the University of Texas. Rogers soon dropped out of college to join Doyle full-time, singing high harmony and playing bass on the 1962 album In A Most Unusual Way. The group appeared at clubs across the country including the New York Playboy Club in 1962.[2] The trio disbanded in 1965, and Rogers went on to become a country-pop sensation.

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