This Week In Dallas Music History: Legendary Local Punk Singer Bobby Soxx Died, But His Stories Live On.

Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

In this edition of This Week In Dallas Music History, we turn back to the first week in November, 2000, when Robert Wilonsky told his account of legendary local punk singer Bobby Glen Calverley--or, as he was known to everyone else, Bobby Soxx--who had just died at the age of 45 as the result of an alcohol binge.

The headline? "Bobby Soxx, local punk-rock legend, died last week. Finally."

The rest of the story, which recounts a lifestyle straight out of the pages of Please Kill Me, follows suit. Soxx had survived a point-blank gunshot, a lung-collapsing stab wound, time behind bars and life on the streets, until decades of hard drinking and drugging finally caught up with him. Fans and friends remembered stories of his binges, one of which saw him so wasted at a bar that he drank candlewax. The worst story, though? It involved his brutal beating of his girlfriend, which he claimed he could barely remember.

"I may have done the most despicable thing in the world, but, fuck, I don't remember it, and I can't help it," Calverley said in a previous interview with Wilonsky. "I'm the classic case of some guy who fucking went to jail and really don't remember what happened."

Check out the entire engrossing story after the jump.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.