Bobby Goldsboro's #1 hit "Honey" (1968), with its maudlin arrangement, gawky narrative, and crocodile tears, established him as one of pop music's emperors of melodrama. He'd been vying for the crown as far back as 1962, when his first charting single ("Molly") expressed the words of a soldier returning home and revealing to his family that he could no longer see.
Even so, throughout his entire eleven-year run of hits, Goldsboro's material would demonstrate the odd ability to yo-yo from bathos to pathos, drawing listeners into a realm of meaningful reflection against their better judgment. With "Watching Scotty Grow," for example, you hear its smiley-face trumpet hook and Mac Davis's lyrics about a little boy doing little boy things, then you grimace. And then you find yourself lost in thought. "You can have your TV and your nightclubs and you can have your drive-in picture show," Goldsboro sings. "I'll stay here with my little man near and we'll listen to the radio, biding my time and watching Scotty grow."
"Watching Scotty Grow" originally appeared on a Goldsboro album called We Gotta Start Lovin' but, presumably because of its radio success, it became the title song to a new album released shortly thereafter, with a cover depicting Goldsboro and a youngster in father-son mode.
Bobby Goldsboro - "Watching Scotty Grow"
See also: A KMPC Playlist circa 1971