Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods are an American Pop music group known mainly for their 1970s hits, “Billy Don’t Be A Hero” and “Who Do You Think You Are”.

The band was formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1965 named simply “The Heywoods”, not after anyone in the band or connected with it, but from the last name of a songwriter on a Rolling Stones album because they liked the sound of the name.

They were first discovered while touring with The Osmonds in the early 1970s and signed with Family Productions, releasing their first song in 1972, “Special Someone”, but their big break came after moving to ABC Records and working with star producer Steve Barri in 1973. Beginning in 1974, the band released the songs “Billy Don’t Be A Hero”, “Who Do You Think You Are”, “The Heartbreak Kid” and “Our Last Song Together”.

In 1975, they began migration to a 3rd, 4th and 5th label as the hits dried up by the end of the decade. By 1978, they were known as “The Bo Donaldson Band” and eventually split after trying Country music with no success in the 1980s. They reformed again in 1996 as a nostalgia act and still make appearances, most notably in the Barry Williams-hosted nostalgia show Original Idols Live.

Robert Walter “Bo” Donaldson - Keyboards
Mike Gibbons - Lead Vocals & Trumpet
David Krock - Bass & background vocals
Rick Joswick - Lead singer and tambourine
Gary Coveyou - Saxophone, flute & Background Vocals
Baker Scott- Lead Guitarist
Richard Brunetti - Drums

Edited by acetomatoco on 14 Mar 2009, 20:42

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