Robert Bloom was an American singer and songwriter. “Bobby” combined with Jeff Barry, a songwriter of note, to compose “Montego Bay”, a song that was to become Bobby Bloom’s only major success.
The single melds calypso and pop. Calypso emanated from the West Indies and had its international heyday between 1955 and 1957 via such salient exponents as Harry Belafonte, and Terry Gilkyson and The Easyriders.
“Montego Bay” reached No.8 in the United States, in 1970, No.3 in Great Britain and No.13 in Australia.
Bobby Bloom, who reportedly suffered from depression towards the end of his life, was thought to have fatally shot himself whilst cleaning his gun, in February of 1974. He was twenty-eight years of age.