Bad Songs #3: "Reverend Bob" by Barbi Benton
Barbi Benton was a familiar face in the 1970s. She lived with Hugh Hefner for seven years, appeared in several Playboy issues, was a regular on Hee-Haw, and was constantly popping up on TV shows like CHiPs, Charlie's Angels and Vega$. Beyond that, Barbi was a musician and singer - she released four albums during the 70s.
Her music was predominantly country, and I'm not going to knock it - some of her stuff is not too bad. However, one song in particular is bad, real bad..... really really bad.
The song was actually released as a single, and managed to make it as high as #74 in the country music charts.
I can't help but think there's a little autobiography in this song. Barbi's father was a physician in the military; in the song her dad is a pastor - both professions of authority. As in the song, Barbi hooked up with a man many years her senior - she was 18 when she shacked up with 42 year old Hef.
But, autobiographical or not, it doesn't give her an excuse for this song! But we forgive you, Barbi.... but only because you're hot.