Bob Eberly
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Background information
Birth nameRobert Eberle
Born(1916-07-24)July 24, 1916
Mechanicville, New York, U.S.
DiedNovember 17, 1981(1981-11-17) (aged 65)
Glen Burnie, Maryland
GenresJazz, big band
Associated actsJimmy Dorsey

Robert Eberly (born Robert Eberle; July 24, 1916 – November 17, 1981) was an American big band vocalist best known for his association with Jimmy Dorsey and his duets with Helen O'Connell.[1] His younger brother Ray was also a big-band singer, making his name with Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.[2]


Eberly was born Robert Eberle but changed the spelling of his surname slightly to the homonymous Eberly. His younger brother Ray was also a big-band singer, most notably with Glenn Miller's orchestra.[2] Their father, John A. Eberle, was a policeman, sign-painter, and tavern-keeper. Another brother, Al, was a Hoosick Falls, New York, village trustee.[3]

He recorded the original version of "I'm Glad There Is You" in 1942 with Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra on Decca Records. The song became a jazz and pop standard.

In 1953, Eberly and Helen O'Connell headlined a summer replacement program for Perry Como's CBS television show. The program also featured Ray Anthony and his orchestra.[4]

Eberly was married to Florine Callahan from January 23, 1940 until his death in 1981; the couple had three children; Robert Jr., Kathy and Rene. Robert Jr. went on to sing professionally and although he was talented, he never achieved the popularity of his father which was due, in part, to the changing times and the diminishing nightclub scene.

In 1980, Eberly had one lung removed but still continued to sing. He died of a heart attack in 1981 in Glen Burnie, Maryland, at the age of 65.[2]

Notable recordings


  1. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Concise ed.). Virgin Books. p. 413. ISBN 1-85227-745-9.
  2. ^ a b c "Bob Eberly". Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  3. ^ "Bob and Ray Eberle". Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  4. ^ Warren, Jill (July 1953). "What's New from Coast to Coast" (PDF). Radio-TV Mirror. 40 (2): 5. Retrieved November 26, 2014.