Monday, July 30, 1990 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Bobby Day, 60, Singer-Songwriter


LOS ANGELES - Singer and bandleader Bobby Day, who recorded ``Rockin' Robin,'' ``Little Bitty Pretty One'' and other ``doo-wop'' rock hits, has died of cancer at age 60.

Mr. Day, who had been hospitalized since July 15, died Friday, family friend Karen Castillo said.

``He wasn't one of these kids that popped up and got lucky,'' said Castillo, of Desert Rose Productions and Solid Gold Entertainment Management. ``He was extremely talented. . . . His rhythm and blues voice was dynamic and captivating.''

Born Robert James Byrd Sr., the Texas native formed the Hollywood Flames in the 1950s, whose ``Buzz-Buzz-Buzz'' and ``Crazy'' were hit singles in 1957. He also recorded ``Gee Wiz'' as part of the duo Bob & Earl.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie, children Robert, Robin, Simone and Erin, and eight grandchildren.

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