|60s-70s Hometown||Lake Worth, Lantana|
|High School||Twin Lakes High School|
|Local Bands, Approximate Years|
|Current Musical Involvement|
|Comments, Highlights||Bobby Batten began entertaining at age five with his sister Frances doing a tap dance – roller skate routine. At 11 he won a local Checkers/Chess competition. Unfortunately also around this time a childhood vision problem (retinitis pigmentosa) rendered him legally blind. He became interested in the drums and taught himself enough to play in local rock bands in high school. At 18 he got married, and then spent 10 years with the Hewey Grant Band. (His wife Helen also had musical interests. She performed solo, and sang with the John Cimino Quartet in 1983. She later joined Bobby as vocalist in the band About Time.)|
In 1974 Bobby joined The Marshall Grant Orchestra. The group played the local clubs in Palm Beach and toured the country, backing stars like Lou Rawls and Perry Como. After 10 years Bobby retired from the road. He continued playing locally with About Time and started working for Lighthouse for the Blind. His dedication there earned him the area Blind Employee of the Year award. He also developed an interest in ham radios and became a licensed technician and operator and a member of the Amateur Radio Emergency System.
Helen became an appeals court clerk at the Palm Beach County Courthouse. They have two daughters, and Bobby still plays the drums.(2009)