|A Day in Indiana History - August|
Bobby Helms was a popular country music star of the 1950's and 1960, recording the hit songs My Special Angel and Jingle Bell Rock.
Robert Lee Helms (August 15, 1933 – June 19, 1997)
The son of Hildreth Esther Abram Helms and Fred Robert Helms, Bobby was native to Bloomington, Indiana. The Helms family was musically talented and Bobby singing with is brother Freddie. Bobby migrated to Nashville, Tennessee in 1956 and signed a contract with Decca Records. His first song, "Fraulein," rocketed to Number One on the country music chart and in the top 100 in Billboard in 1957. He followed this up with My Special Angel and Jingle Bell Rock the same year. Though he never again achieved the level of success of these songs, Helms continued performing and recording for three decades. The Rockabilly Hall of Fame inducted him for his musical contributions. For more about his music and career, visit his Rockabilly Hall of Fame link.
Helms lived near Martinsville, Indiana until his death in 1997.