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Monday, 29 September 2014

Bill Boyd born 29 September 1910

William Lemuel Boyd (September 29, 1910 in Fannin County, Texas – December 7, 1977 in Dallas, Texas) was an American Western style singer and guitarist. 
Boyd was born and raised on a farm near Ladonia in Fannin County, Texas as one of thirteen children. His parents, Lemuel and Molly Jared Boyd, who originally hailed from Tennessee, came to Texas in 1902. During the Great depression, the family moved to Dallas. Bill and his brother Jim (born 1914) tried to survive the hard times by working different odd jobs. Bill joined the Alexanders Daybreakers trio performing at early-morning radio shows. Together with Jim, he appeared on radio in Greenville, Texas and at WRR in Dallas Meanwhile, Jim formed the "Rhythm Aces." In February 1932, Boyd recorded with the "Blue yodeler" Jimmie Rodgers. The same year, he formed the pioneering western swing band "The Cowboy Ramblers". His band consisted of himself on guitar, Jim Boyd on bass, Walter Kirkes on tenor banjo and Art Davis on fiddle.
During the band's history, many of the members also worked simultaneously with the Light Crust Doughboys and Roy Newman's Boys. The Cowboys Ramblers made more than 225 recordings between 1934-1951. The band had their own popular radio show, "The Bill Boyd Ranch House." They made their recording debut for Bluebird Records on August 7, 1934. In 1935, the Cowboy Ramblers had a huge hit with their recording of "Under the Double Eagle" which later became a western swing standard and remained in print for twenty five years. Other classics of the 1930s include "I've Got Those Oklahoma Blues", "Fan It", "Wah Hoo", "Beaumont Rag" and "New Steel Guitar Rag".
The Cowboy Ramblers became major stars on radio and were offered work in Hollywood films and Boyd eventually appeared in six Western films during the 1940s. One of his other hits was "If You'll Come Back", No. 4, Jan. 1941.
After the outbreak of World War II, Boyd joined "The Western Minute Men" promoting the sale of war bonds. During the 1940s, Jim Boyd often led the Cowboy Ramblers when his brother was indisposed. Eventually, Jim formed his own band, the "Men of the West." In the 1950s, the brothers terminated their radio show. Bill Boyd switched to working as an announcer and disc jockey, continuing his longtime association with station WRR. He retired after suffering a stroke in 1973. He died in Dallas on December 7, 1977.
For his contribution to radio, Bill 'Cowboy Rambler' Boyd has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6101 Hollywood Blvd. (Info mainly from Wikipedia)

1 comment:

boppinbob said...

Loads of mp3’s here:


1. I'm Gonna Hop Off The Train
2. The Rambler's Rag
3. The Strawberry Roan
4. The Windswept Desert
5. Going Back To My Texas Home
6. Mama Don't Like No Music
7. Under The Double Eagle
8. Barn Dance Rag
9. I Can't Tame Wild Women
10. Wah Hoo
11. River Blues
12. Goofus
13. Saturday Night Rag
14. Fan It
15. 'Way Out There
16. Draggin' It Around
17. You Shall Be Free Monah
18. Guess Who's In Town
19. Beaumont Rag
20. What's The Use
21. New Steel Guitar Rag
22. Boyd's Tin Roof Blues
23. I've Got Those Oklahoma Blues
24. New Spanish Two-Step
25. Spanish Fandango
26. Singing & Swinging For Me
27. La Golondrina
28. I've Got The Blues For Mammy
29. Mill Blues
30. New Fort Worth Rag
31. Lone Star Rag
32. Domino Rag

A big thank you to Lonesome Lefty's Scratchy Attic for the above link