Bobby Charles (born Robert Charles Guidry, February 21, 1938 – January 14, 2010) was an American singer and songwriter.
Charles helped to pioneer the south Louisiana musical genre known as swamp pop. His compositions include the hits "See You Later, Alligator," which he initially recorded himself as "Later Alligator", but which is best known from the cover version by Bill Haley & His Comets; and "Walking to New Orleans", written for Fats Domino.
"(I Don’t Know Why I Love You) But I Do" was a 1950s classic that Charles composed which Clarence "Frogman" Henry had a major hit with and which was on the soundtrack to the 1994 blockbuster Forrest Gump. His composition "Why Are People Like That?" was on the soundtrack to the 1998 movie Home Fries.
In September 2007, The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame honored Charles for his contributions to Louisiana music with an induction.
Death of Bobby Charles
Charles collapsed in his home near Abbeville and died January 14, 2010.
Bobby Charles – No Use Knockin