Guest Author - Carol Taller
Robert Cabot Sherman, best known as the 1960’s and 1970’s teen idol Bobby Sherman, was born on July 22, 1943.
Sherman was born in Santa Monica, California to Robert Cabot Sherman Sr. and Juanita “Nita” Sherman. He and his sister Darlene grew up in Van Nuys, California. He began playing the trumpet by 11, and in time learned to play 15 other musical instruments. By high school, Bobby played football and joined a dance band.
After graduating from Birmingham High School in Van Nuys he became a house singer for the television show “Shindig!”. Although he had a tv presence, he remained relatively unknown until he snagged a role as Jeremy Bolt, a bashful logger on a show called “Here Come the Brides”. The show was set in a logging camp shortly after the civil war and was filled with comedy and romance. Sherman became a teen idol worldwide after this show.
Sherman’s singing career blossomed after “Here Come the Brides”. He earned seven gold singles and one platinum single, as well as five gold albums. His first gold single, “Little Women”, sold over one million copies and was in the Top 20 for nine weeks.
Sherman married Patti Carnel in 1971. They had two sons together, Christopher and Tyler, who both are married and children of their own. Sherman and Carnel divorced in 1979.
Sherman guest starred in many television series, but it was his appearances in the Jack Webb Series “Emergency!” that changed Sherman’s life. He left the public spotlight and began volunteering with the Los Angeles Police Department, paramedics, and first aid classes. He became a technical reserve officer with the Los Angeles Police Department in the 1990’s, and was eventually promoted to Captain status . He served as a medical training officer at the Los Angeles Police Academy and instructed thousands of police officers in first aid and CPR.
Sherman founded the Bobby Sherman Volunteer EMT foundation which coordinates medical services at community and charity events in southern California and has received several awards for his humanitarian efforts.
After a 25 year absence from the public scene, Sherman took part in “The Teen Idol Tour” with Peter Noone and Davy Jones from “The Monkees”. While Sherman has since retired from public life he still continues to do corporate events and his ongoing charities.