Song brought Bob the bright, Elusive Butterfly of fame

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Bob Lind, Greystones

The US singer-songwriter is best known for his 1966 mega-hit Elusive Butterfly, which was also a 
hit in this country for Val Dooonican.

It was apparently the B-side of his first single, Cheryl’s Goin’ Home, on World Pacific Records but several disc jockeys began playing the flipside instead.

Although there is no way he will escape Elusive Butterfly, the Maryland-born singer-songwriter has found favour with more than 200 artists, who have picked up his songs.

Sheffield band Pulp have a song called Bob Lind (The Only Way Is Down) on their album We Love Life and his music has influenced the likes of another Sheffielder, Richard Hawley, and Irish musician Sean O’Hagan.

In some quarters, he is also credited with helping to launch folk rock.

By all accounts, it has been a bumpy ride since the early days with Lind having his struggles with drink and drugs.

He has extended his CV to write novels and a play and to work for newspapers.

Folk singer Arlo Guthrie is said to have encouraged him to return to music in 2004 and he continues to tour in the United States and Europe.

In 2006, Lind released a limited-edition live album from one of his periodic Miami shows, Live at the Luna Star Café.

Bob Lind’s latest tour takes him to The Greystones in Greystones Road next Wednesday.

He will no doubt be playing songs from last year’s studio album, 
Finding You Again – and 
perhaps also a certain well-known song.