Lobo – Biography
Better known as Lobo, his real name is Roland Kent LaVoie. He was born on 31st of July, 1943 in Tallahassee, Florida where he grew up with 6 other siblings.
Lobo’s first stint as a musician was with a group called The Rumours in 1961. Then in 1964, he joined another band called Sugar Beats where he met producer Phil Gernhard which gave him an opportunity to record his first single, “What Am I Doing Here”, a cover version of the original by Johnny Rivers. The single was a regional hit.
Throughout the 60s, Lobo maintained his original name on stage and it was in 1971 that he adopted the stage name of Lobo. Still working with Gernhard, who was then an executive for Big Tree Records, decided to release his first single, “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo”.
The single became the first major hit for the label, reaching #5 in the US and #4 in the UK. The success of this album launched a successful series of singles. It eventually sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc in September 1971.
Following the success of that first single, Lobo went on to release hit after hit under different record labels. His popularity remained high till today and even higher in Asia, where he toured SouthEast Asia in 2006.