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Lobo - My Favorite 1970s Musician

Updated on September 25, 2014
Lobo - Calumet album
Lobo - Calumet album | Source

Lobo - I've known him since I was a kid

Well, not personally. My parents had an album called "Calumet" by Lobo. No, I didn't like all the music my parents listened to but this was different. The more I listened to the songs the more I liked them. Not sure what it is, but they create a good feeling within me, even to this day.

I remember listening to the album (on a cassette tape) in the car on long distance trips which kept me from being bored. I pretty much like all the songs in that album, but there are two that are my favorites: "How can I Tell Her" and "Stoney."

The first has a really nice tune but unfortunately, the lyrics aren't positive or uplifting. It's about a man cheating on his wife/girlfriend. My wife commented on the irony of how such a nice sounding song could be about something so awful.

The second one though, is quite different. It also has a nice tune, and it's about a girl who really loves life and has a positive outlook on it (see below).

This singer and songwriter's real name is Roland Kent Lavoie (born in Tallahassee, Florida on July 31, 1943), and Lobo is his stage name which means wolf in Spanish. His biggest success was in the 1970s, and there's another song that I really like, titled "I'd Love You to Want Me" from his earlier album "Of a Simple Man." Actually, this song was Lobo's highest charting hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it spent two weeks at number 2 in November of 1972.

His popularity continued into the early 1980s with a few singles, including "I Don't Want To Want You", "Come Looking For Me" and "Living My Life Without You" charting in the country charts.

In the 1990s and 2000s Lobo became more popular in Asia. He recorded several albums in Taiwan and Singapore, one of which was "Asian Moon."

Lobo's Calumet on CD

I waited a long time for this album to be released on CD since the cassette tape from my childhood days is no longer listenable.

Lobo videos on YouTube - Some of my favorites

So, have you heard of Lobo? Do you like him? Share you thoughts or just let me know you stopped by.

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    • Wendy L Henderson profile image

      Wendy Henderson 8 years ago from PA

      Brings back memories from when I was a kid.

    • SandyMertens profile image

      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great listening to Lobo.

    • emmaklarkins profile image

      emmaklarkins 8 years ago

      I also had music I listened to in the car as a kid (Chicago). Great lens!