Bobby Wright

March 06, 2012

Bobby Wright
(Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Guitar, Drums, Trumpet)

Given Name: John Robert Wright, Jr.
Date of Birth: March 30, 1942
Place of Birth: Charleston, West Virginia
Married: Brenda Kay Davis
Children: Theresa LeAnn, Kamela Lynn

Bobby Wright chalked up twenty-one chart records during the decade from the late 1960’s through the late 19970’s, but never had the major hit that turns stars into superstars. The son of country legends Johnny Wright and Kitty Wells, Bobby was exposed to music early, but initially opted for acting as his chosen career.

Most of Bobby’s early years were in Louisiana, where his parents starred on the Louisiana Hayride, until 1958, when to family moved back to Nashville to headline at the Grand Ole Opry. Although he still shunned the music business, it was his ability to play guitar that led to the development of his acting skills. He heard from the Opry manager that Hollywood producer Peter Tewkesbury was looking for a guitar-playing southern boy for a drama and Bobby traveled to California to test for the part. Although that project came to nothing, his screen test was seen by the producer of the TV series "McHale’s Navy," and in 1962, he began the role of "Willie," the radio operator, until 1966.

Before "McHale’s Navy" ended, Bobby had tried his hand at singing, appearing on a Kitty Wells album, in 1965. He moved back to Nashville in 1966 to join the Kitty Wells-Johnny Wright Family Show and began recording with Decca. During 1970-71, he appeared with the family on their syndicated TV show and continues to be a part of the family show.