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Bobby Volare
Bobby Volare
Bobby Volare's Funny Song Parodies Live On
A celebrity on Fresno radio, via a broadcast called The Breakfast Club, most rememberd on 50,000 watt 106 KKDJ, the twisted humor and funny song parodies of Bobby Volare have now entered the digital age

Bobby Volare. Who the hell is Bobby Volare? This was a question posed by a recent poster to our web board here at Swing Music Net. Before all of our intensely researched biographies here on the site lose any semblance of the credibility accorded them by numerous scholars and students let’s clear the air here; Volare, while not a world-renowned figure in most jazz, pop, or lounge singer circles, is one of the most humorous song parodists anywhere.

With his satirical and twisted sense of humor, Volare was doing Volare song parodies long before the general public knew Weird Al Yankovic as Weird Al. However, his act goes well beyond where others stop. Writing and singing humorous song parodies and relying on his wry, twisted humor is only the beginning; add a titanic ego, an inability to hear what anyone is saying to him (or about him,) just enough truth to appeal to your intellectual side, and then you get a better idea of why his act and comedy still has relevancy in these days of karaoke on Wednesdays at the local pub.

After viewing the websites of more serious lounge singers and self proclaimed pop icons, than we ever care to see again, we came to the conclusion that there really is no one out there like Bobby Volare... including Weird Al Yankovic.

The ego is a strange thing. We all have them, but to those knowledgeable and enlightened to such perils of human absorption, most of us try to keep them in check. It is those of us who possess the capability of becoming instantly bored and annoyed with such a lack of dignity in those around us, that really understand that part of Bobby Volare's comedy. And it is just that outrageous, overblown, titanic ego that allows us to see a little bit of Bobby Volare in many of those we come in contact with, including a host of lounge singers and cheesy, self proclaimed pop icons that you can find all over the Internet. It is this coupling of fantasy and reality, twisted humor and truth, that makes Bobby Volare so darn bizarre and funny. The best part is, the Bobby Volare ego is so overstated that even the egomaniacs eventually figure out it's all part of the act.

Fortunately Bobby Volare's alter ego, Dean Opperman, has forever had the savvy to not take the whole thing too seriously himself. So much so, that up until late 2004, the twisted humor and song parodies of his character, Bobby Volare have been as locked away in a closet as Benny Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall performances were initially reported to have been.

What this has to do with jazz and/or swing (loosely interpreted) is Bobby Volare’s knack and nerve for crossing almost as many musical boundaries as the great Ray Charles. The difference of course being that looking through Bobby Volare’s dark glasses is like looking through a kaleidoscope of past, present, and future people, places, and things that all revolve around his monstrous ego and uncanny ability to make his audience believe they were his creations to begin with.

Much of the twisted humor in the song parodies of “The Bobster” were written about timely events and places specific to his direct location at the time. However, the comedy in this present day parodists performances still pours through like moonshine over a Kentucky night. You can never be quite sure if his act and words were twisted in a way to make you wonder twenty-five years later, or if he really is what he once claimed to be; Bobstrodomus. Songs like I'm So Sick Of Michael Jackson, Unforgivable, and Pack The Knife make you wonder.

Dr. Demento was, and is, the Peter Piper of twisted humor and discoverer of comedy parodists like Weird Al Yankovic (often mispelled Yankovick.) Even without the knowledge of Volare's hilarious ego, Demento selected Lock The Snackbah as #3 on his Funny Five in April of 1983. Dr. Demento had been playing Volare's comedy parody of the song, originally recorded by The Clash, since January of the year. It came to rest in Demento's Funny 25 for the year 1983.

Here now are some select excerpts from the liner notes of Bobby Volare’s first and only CD to date. The release is called Smashed Hits and Golden Chi-Chi's. Fortunately, or unfortunately as the case is, Bobby Volare’s idea for the logo on his first "best of" release was nixed at the last minute.


In Fresno, California, where thousands of his fans once broke down the doors of the KKDJ studios just to see him, things have changed. The brilliant bronzed roof of the original building is green with neglect, the studios are now a dentist’s office, and KKDJ itself is no longer.

Radio stations may come, and they sure do go, but Bobby Volare lives on. Be it 1955 or 2005, he isn’t with the times, he IS the times, and it’s as true today as it was when he first walked in on KKDJ’s Dean And Don Show back in April of 1980. Twenty-five years later, its difficult to remember why BV mattered to so many people, and why he continues to matter today. This anthology is about that.

An excerpt from the liner notes of "The Unforgivable Bobby Volare" by Dean Opperman. Read the entire Bobology and visit the official Bobby Volare CD Baby page today.

BOBBY VOLARE ON-LINE
Sinking Of New Orleans Video
Bobby Volare has a knack of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Held over from the previous years Mardis Gras celebration and performing his act "Bobby In The Bijou," Volare was caught in the Katrina flood. He made this video documentary of that difficult period.

Dean And Don World Tour
See excerpts from the long-lost KKDJ Dean And Don Video. Bobby Volare, Aunt Penny Hamilton, Chub Feely and the Godfather are all here.

Can't Stand This Empty Bed
No video here, just the music of Bobby Volare's recording of "Can't Stand This Empty Bed."

Lock The Snack Bar
A You Tube upload of Bobby Volare's biggest hit "Lock The Snackbar." The song is a take-off from the Clash hit "Rock The Casbah." A fav of Dr. Demento, the song made it to his "Funny Twenty Five" for 1983.

Bobby Volare Valley Guy
A spin from Frank Zappa's song "Valley Girl." Dean Opperman as Bobby Volare, Brian Jones as his son Neil Volare. You might have heard this at any time on KKDJ when it was released. Sadly, Brian Jones passed away Nov. 15th, 2006.

Cold Foggy Fresno Night
A Bobby Volare takeoff on Eric Burden's "Warm San Francisco Night." Not the greatest quality transfer. We suggest buying the CD!

Return My Blender
One Of Bobby Volare's early recordings originally from the "Big Orange" LP.

Now Buy The CD... Already
The Godfather's watchin' and you don't want Big Frank De Luna lookin' you up, do ya? You got a taste, now how 'bout throwin' Bobby Volare a bone, huh? If you were in Central Cally in the early 80s, you gotta love it. The complete Bobby Volare digitized and at your fingertips the next time you need a legal smile.

Bobby Volare's Unforgivable may be the funniest, most humor filled comedy song parody CD you ever buy
For a preview of the KKDJ Dean and Don Breakfast Club world tour video click here
Bobby Volare's Unforgivable may be the funniest, most humor filled comedy song parody CD you ever buy
For Dean Opperman's latest project and satirical comedy website click here
Bobby Volare's Unforgivable may be the funniest, most humor filled comedy song parody CD you ever buy
For a preview of the KKDJ Dean and Don Breakfast Club world tour video click here
Bobby Volare's Unforgivable may be the funniest, most humor filled comedy song parody CD you ever buy
For Dean Opperman's latest project and satirical comedy website click here
Hands down Bobby Volare is funnier than Weird Al Yankovick
Bobby Volare's Unforgivable may be the funniest, most humor filled comedy song parody CD you ever buy
The best of the twisted humor from Bobby Volare's Deeply Touched included as well
For a preview of the KKDJ Dean and Don Breakfast Club world tour video click here
Many Bobby Volare song parodies from Out To Lunch included
Bobby Volare's Unforgivable may be the funniest, most humor filled comedy song parody CD you ever buy
More comedy humor and song parodies are at Bobby Volare's official CD Baby Page
For Dean Opperman's latest project and satirical comedy website click here
Bobby Volare's Star On Blackstone Avenue
Bobby Volare's Unforgivable may be the funniest, most humor filled comedy song parody CD you ever buy
Bobby Volare And Cher
For Dean Opperman's latest project and satirical comedy website click here
Bobby Volare's Unforgivable may be the funniest, most humor filled comedy song parody CD you ever buy
Below are some of Dean Opperman's Fine Blimp TV Videos
Bobby Volare - The 5th Beetle
Bobby In The Studio Bobby Volare - The First Malboro Man
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