Bobby Sherman Was A Teen Idol Then. Now, He's A Life Saver
Bobby Sherman in 1971, and on the cover of 'Fave!' magazine in 1969. Source: ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images; Amazon.com
Way before there was a Justin Bieber or even a Justin Timberlake, there was a teen idol named Bobby Sherman. In the late '60s and early '70s, his posters were plastered on many a teenage girl's bedroom walls. Many a fan marched off to school toting a Bobby Sherman lunch box. Bobby Sherman had hit records ans a TV show called Here Come The Brides.
As with many teen idols, Sherman's career dropped off rather suddenly, and he ended up guesting on a wide variety of TV shows. But the story of "what happened to Bobby Sherman?" has another side to it: the teen star became interested in EMT work, and has worked with the Los Angeles Police Department teaching CPR and first aid for over 20 years.
Bobby Sherman Started On 'Shindig'
Robert Cabot Sherman, Jr. made his TV debut on Shindig after getting the attention of a Hollywood agent at a cast party with his girlfriend at the time in 1964. Sherman had been asked by Sal Mineo to sing with his old band at that Hollywood party which was full of famous actors and agents. Shindig was a prime time rock-n-roll show that lasted from 1964 to 1966.
Adored By Millions Of Teenage Girls
Sherman appeared on an episode of Honey West and on The Monkees. His singing career took off in 1968 when he starred on the series, Here Comes the Brides. He received gold records with “Hey, Little Woman” “Julie Do Ya Love Me?” and “Easy Come, Easy Go”. He toured throughout the U.S. and the world to sellout crowds of mostly screaming young teenage girls from the late 60’s to the mid 70’s. The screaming by the young women was so loud that it caused Bobby to have hearing loss.
His Showbiz Career After His Heyday
After the cancellation of ”Here Comes the Brides” in 1970, Sherman did a huge number of guest appearances on popular television shows like The Mod Squad, The Partridge Family, The Love Boat, and Murder, She Wrote.
Sherman's post-acting showbiz work includes producing for television, directing commercials and recording for others in his home studio in recent years.
Still Got It
In 1998, after a 25-year absence, Bobby was part of "The Teen Idol Tour" with Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits and the late Davy Jones of The Monkees. Bobby Sherman was ranked #8 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 25 Greatest Teen Idols" and has various charities that he has organized over the last few years with his wife.
Training Paramedics With The LAPD
Sherman's guest appearance on an episode of Emergency!, in 1974, inspired a new phase of his life. He began working with the Los Angeles Police Department and became an EMT. For a decade, he trained paramedics in CPR and first aid at the Los Angeles Police Academy. Sherman also became a Reserve Police Officer with the LAPD, and attained the rank of Captain.
From 1999 to 2010, Sherman also worked as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff in the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
”There’s not a better feeling in the world than when you’re responsible for saving someone’s life,” Sherman told Entertainment Weekly in 1993. ”It’s real life — you can’t say, ‘Take two.’ It’s now.”
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