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Bo Donaldson
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    (June 13, 1954- )
    Birth name is Robert Walter Donaldson
    Founder of Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods (1965-78, 1996- )
    Recorded 'You Don't Own Me,' 'Deeper and Deeper,' 'Billy Don't Be A Hero,' 'Who Do You Think You Are?,' 'House on Telegraph Hill,' 'The Heartbreak Kid,' 'Our Last Song Together,' 'Oh Boy,' 'Hello It's Me,' 'Teenage Rampage,' 'Give Me Some Time' and 'Love Spirit Lady'
    He named his band 'The Heywoods' because he thought it sounded British.
    They started out by playing birthday parties, school dances and PTA meetings.
    He took a song ('Billy Don't Be A Hero') with a serious subject matter, getting killed in action during a war, and turned it into a 'whine & cheese fest.'
    They kept switching record labels. Between 1970-78 they signed 6 separate contracts, including 2 stints with Gene Autry's Republic Records.
    By the time his last single, 'Love Spirit Lady,' came out, he had changed the name of the band to 'The Bo Donaldson Band.' They disbanded shortly afterwards.
    They tried a comeback in the '80s as a country band known as 'River Bend' - and completely flopped.
    He reformed the band again in 1996 under its original moniker.
    Besides keyboards, he is an accomplished trumpet player.
    In the late '60s the band toured with Dick Clarks's 'Caravan of Stars,' which included Herman's Hermits, the Rascals and Paul Revere & the Raiders.
    'Billy Don't be a Hero' was the #1 single on the Billboard charts for two weeks (March 1974).
    The single sold over 3 million copies.
    Four decades later and he still finds work (albeit fairs and fests) and still enjoys playing before live audiences.

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