“Two of a Kind” Songwriter Bobby Boyd Has Died

Bobby Boyd – May 3, 1948 to June 22, 2017

Songwriter and performer Bobby Boyd, who was known for writing numerous hits, including the Garth Brooks #1 “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House,” Aaron Tippin’s “Working Man’s PHD,” as well as songs for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Earl Thomas Conley, Billy Dean, Martina McBride, Vern Gosdin, Patty Loveless, and many more, has passed away.

Bobby Boyd was a staff writer for Jimmy Bowen at Elektra Asylum Publishing, starting his professional songwriting career in Nashville in 1980. A native of Dunlap, Tennessee, Boyd began playing in his first band in Tennessee at the age of 12 called The Boyd Brothers. Bobby cut his teeth in the late 60’s and early 70’s performing residencies at a club called The Castaways in Chattanooga, TN, sometimes playing five hours each night, six hours a week, and learning his way in the music business.

Later in his career, Bobby Boyd relocated to Spicewood, Texas, just outside of Austin and near Willie Nelson’s Luck ranch, and was well-known throughout the Austin music scene. Though he’s mostly known for his country music contributions, Bobby Boyd also had a deep influences with the blues and R&B. Early in his career, he played shows opening for Little Richard, The Coasters, and The Platters. After moving to the Austin area, he worked with artists such as Stephen Bruton and W. C. Clark, as well as the local country music talent.

Bobby Boyd was a regular performer at Poodie’s Hilltop Roadhouse in Spicewood, and other local clubs and honky tonks. Over his career he shared the stage with folks such as Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, Toby Keith, Cory Morrow, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Dub Miller, Roger Creager, and others.

Though interest in Bobby Boyd’s music has faded away in recent years, his influence never did. His song “In Pictures”—originally a Top 5 hit for Alabama, was the song Craig Wayne Boyd chose to sing on the finale of The Voice in 2014.



DUNLAP — Bobby Boyd, songwriter and performer, passed away at his home in Spicewood, Texas on Thursday, June 22, 2017. He was 69 years old. A native of Dunlap, Tenn., Bobby began playing in his first band, The Boyd Brothers, at the age of 12. He and his band, Bobby Boyd and the Playboy Review, performed at a club called The Castaways in Chattanooga, Tenn., during the late 60s and early 70s. He opened for stars like Little Richard, The Coasters and The Platters. He moved to Nashville and began his professional songwriting career in 1980 as a staff writer for Jimmy Bowen at Elektra Asylum Publishing. He was known for writing numerous hits for stars such as Conway Twitty, Patty Loveless, Earl Thomas Conley, Billy Dean, Vern Gosdin and many more. He is best known for writing Garth Brooks #1 hit song “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House”, as well as, for writing George Jones “Finally Friday”. During his career, he shared the stage with Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Billy Joe Shaver, Pat Green, Cory Morrow, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Dub Miller, Roger Creager, and others. Later in his career, he relocated to Spicewood, Texas, which is outside of Austin. When he moved to Texas, he returned to his R&B roots by collaborating with the “Godfather of Austin Blues”, W.C. Clark. In 2003, they won the W.C. Handy Award for “Blues Song of the Year” for the song “Let It Rain”, which they also co-wrote with Gray Gregson. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Elliott Howard and Ramah Moore Boyd; son, Justin Boyd; brothers, Jimmy Boyd and Terry “Jug” Boyd; four aunts and six uncles. He is survived by his wife, Cassondra Boyd of Spicewood, Texas; daughter, Melanie Neal; brothers, Gene Boyd, Billy Boyd, Eddie (Kathy) Boyd; sister, Lana (Edward) Barker, all of Dunlap, Tenn.; grandchildren, Andrew Boyd, Rebecca Boyd, from Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Devan Neal, and Luther Neal; great-grandchildren, Shayla Neal and Jarret Neal, all from Dunlap, Tenn.; uncle, Carlos “Dank” Moore, of Michigan; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive visitors at Ewton’s Funeral Home in Dunlap, Tenn., on July 8, 2017, from noon to 5 p.m. CT. There will not be a funeral service afterwards. There will be an upcoming celebration of life event on the stage at Harris Park in Dunlap, Tenn. The date and time will be announced later.

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