I have to post this song if for no other reason than the bizarre story behind it. It debuted at #56 on the Billboard chart of December 22, 1958.
All American Boy – Billy Parson
Billy Co – wrote this song with Orville Lundsford (or so the label on the 45 says). It is going to spend 16 weeks on the charts & peak at #2 in February of 1959. This was his 1st Top 40 hit single & his only Top 100 hit (sort of) .
Billy Pasrons was not the actual artist performing this song. This single was left at a recording studio as a demo by the real singer when he went away for a stint in the Army. In a mix up, the single was released & credited to Billy Parsons.
The singer’s real name is Bobby Bare who will go on to have a huge Country career charting singles well into the 80’s.
And in an even stranger twist, While Bobby Bare was in the Army, Billy Parsons lip synced the record on TV.
The song was inspired by the success and then conscription of Elvis Presley.
So we have a guy...Billy Parsons...who was a 1 Hit Wonder without ever really having a hit single at all.