#722: Bobby by Neil Scott
Peak Month: July 1961
7 weeks on CFUN’s Vancouver Charts
Peak Position ~ #4
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ #58
Neil Scott was the pseudonym for Neil E. Bogart who was born in 1943 in the Brooklyn Jewish Hospital. Born Neil Scott Bogatz was raised in Brooklyn. Neil’s mother, Ruth, was verbally and physically abusive. She had high expectations of her Neil and his baby sister, Bonnie. His dad, Al, worked for the United States Navy. When he was stationed thousands of miles away, the stress of being a parent on her own drove Ruth to deal with young Neil as a toddler very roughly. On the upside, when Al Bogartz returned from World War II, he began to work as a postman. The family listened to Neil’s parents records and when they got an RCA TV set, Neil would imitate what was going on during a variety show. If there was dancing on the TV screen, Neil tried to do the dance steps. If there were comical jokes, Neil committed them to memory and repeated them to his sister, Bonnie, who laughed uncontrollably. They moved into the Glenwood Projects once these six story apartment buildings were built in 1950. With 2,700 residents from many different backgrounds living in 1,186 apartments, there were inevitably conflicts between neighbors.