“Emergency” Stars Happy

With More Relaxed Routine


HOLLYWOOD (UPI) ---Bobby Troup is a musician, composer and, lately, a neurosurgeon on “Emergency in the person of Dr. Joe Early.

Troup, who wrote such hits as “Route 66” and “Daddy,” still plays gigs in local night spots with a trio or quartet, playing the piano with considerably more conviction than performing surgery for the cameras.

Off camera, Bobby is married to singer-actress Julie London

Curiously, they both work for Julie’s ex-husband, Jack Webb, who is executive producer of the NBC series.

Bobby was married Previously too. His first wife was Cynthia Hare, a onetime Philadelphia debutante of the year. They were the parents of two daughters, Cynthia and Ronne.

Altogether, Bobby and Julie have seven children --- together and by previous marriages. Their own children are Kelly, (, and twins Jody and Reese, 8. Then there are Stacy and Lisa, Julie’s children by Webb, 22 and 19 respectively.

Own Colonial House

Lisa lives at home with the three younger children.

Cynthia is a script girl on the “Emergency” show. Ronne is an actress who has worked in a number of television shows.

All the Troups still living at home inhabit a two-story colonial house surrounded by gardens, trees and equipped with a swimming pool. Most of the furnishings are early American.

There is a piano in the den, and if Bobby and Julie are in the mood they play and sing up a storm for their offspring and occasional guests.

Troup spent most of his life (he’s 54 now) as a night person, entertaining in clubs across the country.

Early Up

Now he must arise at 5 a.m. to drive to Universal Studios from his home in Encino in the San Fernando Valley. Happily, he is accompanied by Julie. They eat breakfast while being made up for the day’s work.

Seldom do they return home before 6 p.m. The new hours are a change in rourine for Julie who sang in clubs for most of their 12-year marriage. Both are delighted with the switch.

It gives them time to spend with their children in the evenings. Hired help takes care of the household chores and cooking although Bobby loyally vows that Julie is the best cook in the territory.

Because the couple traveled so much as entertainers before and since their marriage, they are devoted stay-at-homers. Moreover, the thought of spending a night on the town depresses them.

They can be dragged into nightclubs only when they’re entertaining.

Troup is a relaxed, easygoing man who was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and devoted his life to music.

But after a quarter century of writing and performing he still has great enthusiasm for music. He continues to write songs.

Bobby plays golf and tennis. But his favorite form of relaxation is an evening of bridge with friends at home. It’s typical of the Troup family that both parents took their first vacation in years last summer and decided to go absolutely no place. They stayed home with the children and three dogs, all mutts.

Twins Jody and Reese are intrigued by music and often are discovered at the piano plinking away and singing right on key.

“I’d be delighted if the boys decided to take up music as a profession,” Bobby says. “It’s done wonders for Julie and me.”


The Dispatch – Lexington, NC

Tuesday - June 20, 1972

Bobby Troup and wife, Julie London