Welcome to the internet home of Robert Bobby, critically acclaimed singer/songwriter from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I invite you to explore the website, listen to some music, watch a video or two, make a comment, sign up for the email list and drop me a line. Robert Bobby (Joe Milsom, to some) lived a life full of music for 67 years, passing away peacefully on March 11, 2018. I want, more than anything, for his music to live on. I want you to listen to the words, tap your toes to the tunes, and share it. If you're a musician, I want you to play it. He lives on through his songs and I need your help to make that happen.
Some of you may know of Mr. Bobby through his band, The Speedboys, a rollicking rock n' roll band he fronted from 1979 through the mid-80's.   Others may only know the folkier side of Mr. Bobby. He continued writing songs and playing music for the rest of his life. It's all here folks! 
The first of what we hope will be many Robert Bobby Tribute shows will be held Saturday, April 27, at Tellus360 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Please see the calendar or the Facebook page, Robert Bobby & The Speedboys, for details.
Thanks for stopping by. Come again soon!

"Like John Prine Only Cheaper!"

SURGEON GENERALS WARNING: Caution: exposure to Robert Bobby's blend of Folk, Singer/songwriter, Americana & Blues music could prove to be habit forming. Exposure to a live performance by Robert Bobby & Mrs. Bobby has been known to cause the following symptoms: uncontrollable toe-tapping, infectious laughter, the occasional tugging of the heart, provocation of thought & a general feeling of warmth. 

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Robert Bobby Duo no longer performing 

Mr.Bobby's brain cancer has sadly caught up with him.  Our last duo performance was Dec. 2, 2017.  His last public performance was Jan. 6, 2018 when he and his old band, The Speedboys, were honored by being the very first band to be inducted into the new Lancaster Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Mr. Bobby and I would like to thank all our fans for supporting his music over the years. You have become like family to us. As you can imagine, this is a very difficult message to write.  Robert Bobby and I have been married almost 44 years.  I cannot imagine my life without him.  I also cannot bear the idea that his music will die with him.  

Please continue to listen and share his songs.  If you are a performer and want to cover a song, please just let me know.  

Thank you from the bottom of my heart !!!

Mrs Bobby



2017 Came in like a lion. Need time to regroup. 

Like a lot of you, we were hoping for a positive spin on 2017. We got 3 days into January before our positive spin took a head on blow. Quite literally. I went to the emergency room with headaches and had a brain tumor removed on January 12.  The surgery went well, but the follow up regimen of radiation & chemo has taken its toll on my ability to play & sing. I have two more weeks of radiation and chemo and I am hoping that when they stop I will begin to get my old self back. Basically, I need to pick up the old guitar and practice. Consequently, The Robert Bobby Duo is cutting back on performing until we get a handle on this. Please bear with us and we hope to be performing again in the not too distant future. Robert Bobby March 18, 2017.

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    Available Now!! The new Robert Bobby Duo album. Featuring 7 Robert Bobby original songs and 4 select covers. 

Here is a link to a review in Belgium by Francois Braeken - it is in Dutch, however.

Here is another review from that Freddy Celis wrote:

The Robert Bobby Duo are the American singer-songwriter Robert Bobby and his beloved spouse Mrs. Bobby, as she lets herself be called. Since 2000, the couple from Philadelphia offers live acoustic performances, in which Robert accompanies himself on acoustic guitar and Mrs. Bobby handles bass guitar. Folksongs and Americana-songs, which almost all were written by Robert Bobby himself in a previous life with the rock and R&B band "The Sppedboys", comprise the largest part of their repertoire during their performance, which often result in a crazy evening with lots of song and humor. 
On the CD "Folk Art" the Robert Bobby Duo included eleven songs. For seven of these Robert Bobby provided text and music. Of his own songs, we especially remember "God Couldn't Wait," with very sophisticated pedal steelwork by Ray Eicher, "Ted Williams," bluesssongs "Mason Dixon Line" and "Fine as Wine" and country-tearjerkers "My Baby Loves Her Man" and "Whatever I Fell for You." The other four tracks are covers that have been personalized by the duo. Thus they offer the song "Blue Chevrolet" by "The Beat Farmers" from their album "Loud and Plowed and . . . Live!" from 1990, and "Too Much Time" from the "Clear Spot" album from 1972 by Don Van Vliet, a.k.a. Captain Beefheart, also recieves a refreshingly new treatment. But according to us the most beautiful covers are "Them Dance Hall Girls" by Allen Debolt from their album "Fraser & Debolt" that appeared on the record market in 1971, as well as the track "I Wish It Would Rain" from the album "The Temptations Wish It Would Rain" that was produced in 1968 by the legendary Motown soulformation by the same name. Incidentally, the Robert Bobby Duo produces these covers with a lot of love and respect for the original versions. In the professional press this duo is sometimes compared to Fred Eaglesmith, John Hiatt and John Prine. Robert Bobby also makes this comparison on the cover of the CD, but takes care to add the following quip: "Robert Bobby: like John Prine, only cheaper." The eleven tracks on "Folk Art" by this not so young anymore couple of American folkmusicians from Philadelphia is an absolute joy!

and another European Review from:      Benny Metten

During one of my many ramblings through the worldwide web earlier, I hit by happenstance on "Folk Art," the new release by the Robert Bobby Duo. And that immediately made me remember, how good I have always thought this man. When he presents himself as "Like John Prine only cheaper!" not a word of it is a lie. After all, Just like Prine, Bobby knows his way with words. Actually, just like our favorite wordsmith, he also knows how to effortlessly build a bridge between a laugh and a tear. Something that, in our opinion, in the borderlands between folk, Americana, and Blues is certainly not a disadvantage. Assisted by his wife, the enigmatic Mrs. Bobby, on bass, and a handful of others on among others various guitars, banjo, dobro, and pedal steel, Robert Bobby wades through eleven tracks on "Folk Art." Seven of his own songs, and a number of covers of "I Wish It Would Rain" of soul's greats The Temptations, "Blue Chevrolet" from the Beat Farmers, "Too Much Time" from Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, and "Dance Hall Girls," previously only known in a version by Fraser & DeBolt--all brought to taste with a strong whiff of folk. 
And right from the first track "Constantly Tweaking," you know immediately that also in 2016, with Robert Bobby you can enjoy a fine round of musical entertainment, like of old. The way he, with his tongue deeply planted in his cheek, critically represents how a baby puts into words his first impressions of the world around him, immediately guaranteed a broad smile. One of the many highlights on the acoustic pearl that Folk Art undoubtedly is. "God Couldn't Wait," "Ted Williams," "Mason Dixon Line," "My Baby Loves Her Man," "Fine as Wine," "Whatever I Fell for You," you just say it . . .  In vain, you will search for even one lesser moment, even with a very strong magnifying glass.  


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