Saturday, April 20, 2013

Bill Boyd - Roy Acuff Armed Forces Radio Service transcription

 Here`s something a little different with this 16 inch transcription disc. Let me start by saying I know nothing about Bill Boyd. So... let`s move on to what I do know, Roy Acuff. What we have on the Acuff side is we have Lum and Abner joined by Gabby Hayes as sort of the "MC`s" of this "show". Lum & Abner was a comedy duo of two young men playing old men that ran a country store in Pine Ridge, Arkansas on their radio show. Most everyone remembers who Gabby Hayes was, the scruffy side-kick from many 1930`s-1950`s "B" western movies.
Now, you may notice as you listen that Lum, Abner & Gabby all talk to Roy, but Roy never speaks. What was done is that Roy`s songs have been dubbed into the show. Now for what`s the most interesting, the songs dubbed in seen to all be Columbia un-issued takes of these songs, and one song that was never issued at all, Is It Too Late Now. Pretty neat stuff! Happy downloading

Track list---
1. Let`s Go Down To Shady Valley
2. The Lonely Trail
3. Somebody Stole My Gal
4. My Pinto And Me
5. Don`t Tech It
6. Frankie And Johnnie
7. Down In Union County
8. Is It Too Late Now
9. The Heart That Was Broken For Me
10. That Glory Bound Train
11. Home In San Antone

Click here to download Roy Acuff/Bill Boyd - Melody Roundup transcription


  1. Bill 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 Alexander’s Daybreakers trio performing at early-morning radio shows.[1] Together with Jim, he appeared on radio in Greenville, Texas[2] and at WRR in Dallas[3] Meanwhile, Jim formed the "Rhythm Aces."[4] In February 1932, Boyd recorded with the "Blue yodeler" Jimmie Rodgers.[5] 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.[6] 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.[3] The band had their own popular radio show, "The Bill Boyd Ranch House."[6] They made their recording debut for Bluebird Records on August 7, 1934.[7] In 1935, the Cowboy Ramblers had a huge hit with their recording of "Under the Double Eagle" which later became a western swing standard[6] 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".[1]
    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 and became DJs.[6] In the early 1970s, Bill Boyd retired from the music business.[8] His brother Jim Boyd died in 1993.[6]
    For his contribution to radio, Bill 'Cowboy Rambler' Boyd has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6101 Hollywood Blvd!

  2. Though I guess it's possible the opening and closing music is Bill Boyd and His Cowboy Ramblers I didn't hear any tunes by them. The announcer, into and outro, sounds very much like the cowboy actor Bill Boyd who had a slightly raspy deep voice.

    Regardless these are really terrific transcriptions. If you have more keep them coming and more Bill Ring too.

    Thank you very much for your hard work. Great stuff.

  3. Bill Boyd recorded some 237 titles between 1934 and 1957 but none of the titles are on the disc.

    Interestingly a JOHN Boyd recorded “Somebody Stole My Gal” at his only recording session in Dallas 1937 – another brother? “My Pinto And Me” was copyrighted in 1937 but I can't find any recordings of the song.

    On a different subject can anyone tell me who sang the title song for the 1950s TV series “Cannonball” [composers Raoul Kraushaar and Joe & Marilyn Hooven] and details of any release (prob. 1958/59). I suspect the song may have been retitled to avoid confusion with the 1958 Duane Eddy hit.

  4. love the ARMED F. N S. WOULD LOVE TO SEE MORE OF THEM very hard to find such rare music and also a big fan of hank Williams sr fan would like to thank u for all your hard work all the best for the future...JIM

  5. Thanks for the kind words! Stay tuned for more!

  6. Anonymous is correct. The announcer on the show is Bill Boyd, the actor who played Hopalong Cassidy in the movies. No connection to Bill Boyd, the Cowboy Rambler from Dallas who recorded for RCA Victor/Bluebird and was also in a few westerns in 1942. The music is excerpted from broadcast by the Shady Valley Folks, a group that worked out of St. Louis for quite a while on KWK.