One-time teen idol Bobby Sherman has led an interesting life. During the 1960s and 1970s he starred on TV and also had a number of million-selling records, all adding to his status as a heartthrob for a lot of young fans. And even when things started slowing down musically he still managed to find regular TV work well into the 1980s. But it might surprise you to learn that he eventually took a detour into law enforcement and then wrote a book — and he didn’t leave show business forever, because he later found time to do a few ‘oldies’ shows.
Robert Cabot Sherman Jr. was born and raised in Southern California, and by the time he was in high school he knew he wanted to be a performer. By then he was a talented singer and musician (he would eventually learn to play 16 different instruments), and he was still a teenager when he began to gain some career traction.
It began around 1962 when actor Sal Mineo — a well-known performer at that time — saw the potential in the young singer and helped him get an agent and then a record contract. Although his early records only sold moderately well, Sherman kept working hard and within a couple of years had made a break-out appearance on TV’s Shindig. He also began to make occasional acting guest spots on TV, and by 1968 was well-positioned to land a co-starring role in a new show, Here Come The Brides.
The musical side of his career soon became an even bigger story. It probably helped that fans could hear him weekly singing “Seattle,” the theme song to his show (although I like Perry Como’s version better) but in any case it was the beginning of several years of solid record sales. Among his many million-sellers were songs like “Little Woman,” “Easy Come, Easy Go,” and “Julie, Do Ya Love Me.” The hits slowed down in the 1970s, but Sherman continued to find work in TV, both as an actor and behind the scenes. In the late 1980s he began to work with the Los Angeles Police Department as a training officer specializing in CPR and life saving techniques, eventually rising to the rank of captain. In recent years he has written a book and has also been known to show up in the occasional ‘oldies’ show.