Bob McDill

Induction Year: 1985

Birth Name: Robert Lee - BobMcDill
Birth Date: April 05, 1944
Place of Birth: Beaumont, TX


"Writing can be very intense. You pace up and down the hall, you drink cup after cup of coffee.  Sometimes you know exactly what you're trying to say, but you just can't make the language do it.   But still, you keep trying, because you know that line that says exactly what you're looking for is out there in the stratosphere somewhere, and you just have to find it."

"You can't write country music looking down your nose at it." --Bob McDill


Grade School--Cheek School (from 1950-1956)
High School--South Park High School (from 1959-1962)
College--Lamar University (from 1962-1966)

Discography / Career Highlights

Career Milestones:

1967--first hit song, "Happy Man" recorded by Perry Como
1970--moved to Nashville
1973--first country hit, "Catfish John," recorded by Johnny Russell
1973--first major hits, "Amanda" and "Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer"
early 1970s--recorded his own LP, "Short Stories"
1977--Bobby Bare recorded an entire album of McDill's songs, "Me and McDill"


1976--NSAI\Songwriter of the Year

1979--BMI\Citation of Achievement\No, No, No (I'd Rather Be Free)\Rake and Rambling Man\We Believe in Happy Endings

1985--NSAI\Songwriter of the Year

1985--BMI\Songwriter of the Year

1989--NSAI\Songwriter of the Year

1994--ASCAP\Songwriter of the Year

Catalog Highlights:

"Amanda" - Artists: Don Williams (1973), Waylon Jennings (1979)

"Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On" - Artists: Mel McDaniel (1984)

"Song of the South" - Artists: Alabama (1989)

"Louisiana Saturday Night" - Artists: Mel McDaniel (1981)

"Good Ole Boys Like Me" - Artists: Don Williams (1980)

"She Don't Know She's Beautiful" - Co-writer: Paul Harrison, Artists: Sammy Kershaw (1994)

"Gone Country" - Artists: Alan Jackson (1995)

"Don't Close Your Eyes" - Artists: Keith Whitley

"Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)" - Co-writer: Dan Seals, Artists: Dan Seals (1986)

"Say It Again" - Artists: Don Williams

"She Never Knew Me"- Co-writer: Wayland Holyfield, Artists: Don Williams

"Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer" - Co-writer: Wayland Holyfield, Chuck Neese, Artists: Johnny Russell

"Overnight Sensation" - Artists: Mickey Gilley

"The Door Is Always Open" - Co-writer: Dickey Lee, Artists: Dave & Sugar

"You Never Miss a Real Good Thing (Till He Says Goodbye)" - Artists: Crystal Gayle

"I Met a Friend of Yours Today" - Artists: Mel Street (1976)

"The Closest Thing to You" - Artists: Jerry Lee Lewis (1977)

"I'll Do It All Over Again" - Artists: Crystal Gayle (1977)

"Look Who I'm Cheating On Tonight" - Artists: Bobby Bare (1977)

"West Texas Women"

"Catfish John" - Co-writer: Allen Reynolds, Artists: Johnny Russell

"Save Your Heart For Me" - Artists: Jacky Ward (1980)

"I've Never Seen the Likes of You" - Artists: Conway Twitty

"I've Been Around Enough To Know" - Co-writer: Dickey Lee, Artists: John Schneider

"Nobody Likes Sad Songs" - Artists: Ronnie Milsap

"Big Wheels in the Moonlight" - Artists: Dan Seals

"Happy Man" - Artists: Perry Como

"Come Early Morning" - Artists: Don Williams

"Falling Again" - Artists: Don Williams

"(Turn Out the Light and) Love Me Tonight" - Artists: Don Williams

"Rake and Ramblin' Man" - Artists: Don Williams

"It Must Be Love" - Artists: Don Williams

"If Hollywood Don't Need You" - Artists: Don Williams

"Why Don't You Spend the Night" - Artists: Ronnie Milsap

"Right in the Palm of Your Hand" - Artists: Mel McDaniel

"What She Is" (Is a Woman In Love) - Artists: Earl Thomas Conley

"We Believe In Happy Endings" - Artists: Earl Thomas Conley

"In a Different Light" - Artists: Doug Stone

"If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too)" Artists: Shenandoah

"Black Sheep" - Artists: Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs


Was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Lamar University in 1989

Has received 37 BMI performance awards and 17 ASCAP performance awards

Is listed in "Who's Who in the South and Southwest" and "Who's Who in the World"

Included as both writer and artist on RCA Records' salute to songwriters album, "Signatures"

McDill met Allen Reynolds around the time of high school; when he was in the Navy, he sent Allen Reynolds some songs (Reynolds by that time had a small publishing co. in Memphis), got 2 songs cut, "Happy Man" (Perry Como) and "Black Sheep" (Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs); after the Navy he joined Reynolds in Memphis and wrote full-time; in the late 60s, Nashville producer Jack "Cowboy" Clement bought Reynolds publishing co. and brought McDill and Reynolds to Nashville



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