Bobby Charles was born as Robert Charles Guidry February 21, 1938 Abbeville, Louisiana. He died Janurary 14th, 2010 at his home in Abbeville at the age of 71. 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 .
A few of the songs he composed were: “Walking to New Orleans,” one of Domino's most beloved songs; “(I Don’t Know Why I Love You) But I Do,” an enduring classic by Henry; and “See You Later Alligator,” a smash for Haley at the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll.
In the 1970s, Mr. Charles wrote a song called “The Jealous Kind.” Joe Cocker recorded it in 1976, followed by Ray Charles, Delbert McClinton, Etta James and Johnny Adams. Kris Kristofferson and Gatemouth Brown covered Mr. Charles’ “Tennessee Blues,” as did newcomer Shannon McNally. Muddy Waters recorded “Why Are People Like That”; so did Houma guitarist Tab Benoit on his Grammy-nominated 2006 album “Brother to the Blues.”