Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
Singer-songwriter Kent Lavoie (b 31 July '43, Tallahassee FL) Scored 16 Hot 100 entries in USA '71--9, eight in top 30. With group called the Rumors at U in Florida; then the Sugar Beats, who had a local hit with help of prod. Phil Gerhard; after US Army service Lavoie worked with Me and the Other Guys, then was rescued from obscurity by Gerhard, who signed him to Big Tree Records. He took the name Lobo (Spanish for wolf) so he could start over again if he flopped, but did well with his likeable songs: 'Me And You And A Dog Named Boo' was top five both USA and UK '71; 'I'd Love You To Want Me' was his biggest hit, no. 2 USA '72/top five UK '74 on Jonathan King's UK label. LPs incl. Introducing Lobo '71, Of A Simple Man '72, Calumet '73, Just A Singer '74, A Cowboy Afraid Of Horses '75. With Gerhard and using his real name he prod. LPs for Jim Stafford, incl. top ten novelties 'Spiders And Snakes', 'Wildwood Weed' '73--4. He was silent '76--8, then back in the top 30 '79 on MCA/Curb with 'Where Were You When I Was Falling In Love', also an eponymous LP prod. by Bob Montgomery. He wrote TV/radio jingles, making tapes in home-based studio. Compilations on Rhino.