Ask AP: Roland Kent LaVoie

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on May 10, 2009

What can you tell me about the 1970s singer Lobo? Was he as unlucky in love as many of his songs seem to portray?
-Bruce Aman, Menominee, Mich.

Lobo, who changed his name from Roland Kent LaVoie back in the day when he was having such hit records as "Me and You and a Dog Named Boo" and "I’d Love You To Want Me," tours the Orient these days. Last year he released a new album, Out of Time, that includes his best-known tunes. "It’s amazing how much of your real self you put in your songs," says Lobo, who lives in Bokeelia, Fla., and has five grandchildren. "Tearjerkers like ‘Don’t Expect Me To Be Your Friend’ and ‘How Can I Tell Her’ were based loosely on what I was going through. The conflict between my feelings about my old girlfriend and my wife at the time were responsible for those songs. In 1976 I met my current wife, Susie, and things changed."