Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers

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For true fans of Western swing music, Bill Boyd rates with his contemporary, Bob Wills, even though the two utilized very different styles; whereas Wills & His Playboys often used horns and recorded songs from a variety of genres, Boyd remained true to his western roots, using only a string band, the Cowboy Ramblers.

Born on a ranch near Ladonia, TX, Boyd grew up as a working cowboy, learning the traditional songs from the impromptu campfire jam sessions of the ranch hands. Both he and his younger brother frequently sang with the cowboys, as did their parents. The boys got to be pretty good, and in 1926, made their debut on KFPM in Greenville. The family moved to Dallas in 1929, where Boyd played in a band that included fiddler Art Davis. By this time, Boyd knew he wanted a career in music, first joining a band on WFAA and then the first incarnation of the Cowboy Ramblers in 1932 on WRR. Included in Boyd's new band was his brother, Jim, on bass; Davis on fiddle; and Walter Kirkes on tenor banjo. When not actually performing, Boyd was out recruiting new sponsors and in this way managed to survive the Depression.

In 1934, he and the band moved to San Antonio to record for Bluebird, cutting hits including the standard "Under the Double Eagle" and "Going Back to My Texas Home." In the late '30s, their membership increased to ten; among their better-known members were fiddler Carroll Hubard, piano player Knocky Parker, and steel guitar player Wilson "Lefty" Perkins. During their long association with RCA, Boyd & the Ramblers recorded over 229 singles; in the early '40s, they appeared in six el cheapo Hollywood cowboy films, including Raiders of the West and Prairie Pals. Boyd's jaunt through Hollywood was interesting, as it overlapped with the career of cowboy actor William Boyd, famous for his portrayal of Hopalong Cassidy.

Boyd effectively retired from the music business in the early '50s, and began a second career as a radio DJ at Dallas' WRR. Upon his posthumous induction into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame, a bill was introduced into the Texas legislature to honor Boyd and his contributions to the state's cultural identity.
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Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers Discography Tracks

Albums

CCD 234 Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers - Swing With Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers album art Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers Swing With Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers(CD, Album, Mono) Cattle Compact CCD 234 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
LP 5146 Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers - Cowboy Swing Days album art Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers Cowboy Swing Days(LP, Album, Mono) Cowgirlboy Records LP 5146 Germany Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers - On The Texas Plains / Ridin' On A Humpback Mule album art Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers On The Texas Plains / Ridin' On A Humpback Mule Bluebird (3) Canada 1934 Sell This Version
B-5740 Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers - I'm Gonna Hop Off The Train / The Ramblers' Rag album art Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers I'm Gonna Hop Off The Train / The Ramblers' Rag(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5740 US 1934 Sell This Version
Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers - The Train Song / Under The Double Eagle album art Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers The Train Song / Under The Double Eagle Bluebird (3) US 1935 Sell This Version
B-5923 Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers - Watching The World Go By / Going Back To My Texas Home album art Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers Watching The World Go By / Going Back To My Texas Home(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5923 US 1935 Sell This Version
B-6085 Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers - Get Aboard That Southbound Train / When The Sun Goes Down Again album art Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers Get Aboard That Southbound Train / When The Sun Goes Down Again(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6085 US 1935 Sell This Version
B-6119 Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers - By A Window / On Top Of The Hill album art Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers By A Window / On Top Of The Hill(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6119 US 1935 Sell This Version
B-6068 Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers - I Can't Tame Wild Women / Evil In You Children album art Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers I Can't Tame Wild Women / Evil In You Children(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6068 US 1935 Sell This Version
B-6109 Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers - Boyd's Blues / David Blues album art Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers Boyd's Blues / David Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6109 US 1935 Sell This Version
Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers - Mama's Getting Hot And Papa's Gettin' Cold / Oh, No She Don't album art Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers Mama's Getting Hot And Papa's Gettin' Cold / Oh, No She Don't Bluebird (3) US 1936 Sell This Version
Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers - Ridin' Old Paint And Leadin' Old Ball / The Strawberry Roan album art Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers Ridin' Old Paint And Leadin' Old Ball / The Strawberry Roan Bluebird (3) US 1936 Sell This Version
B-6420 Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers When They Play Rural Rhythm / Jesse Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6420 US 1936 Sell This Version
B-6328 Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers Black And Tan Rag / Goofus(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6328 US 1936 Sell This Version
B-6599 Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers - When The Sun Sets On My Swiss Chalet / Saturday Night Rag album art Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers When The Sun Sets On My Swiss Chalet / Saturday Night Rag(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6599 US 1936 Sell This Version
B-6486 Bill Barry And His Orchestra / Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers Bill Barry And His Orchestra / Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers - Partner, It's The Parting Of The Way / I Need One Sweet Letter From You(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6486 US 1936 Sell This Version
B-6670 Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers - Put Me In Your Pocket / 'Way Out There album art Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers Put Me In Your Pocket / 'Way Out There(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6670 US 1936 Sell This Version
B-6731 Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers Draggin' It Around / Right Or Wrong(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6731 US 1936 Sell This Version
B-6351 Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers - Cheatin' On Your Baby / Must I Hesitate? album art Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers Cheatin' On Your Baby / Must I Hesitate?(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6351 US 1936 Sell This Version
B-6492 Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers Floatin' Down / Beale Street Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6492 US 1936 Sell This Version
Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers - She's Doggin' Me / She's Killin' Me album art Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers She's Doggin' Me / She's Killin' Me Bluebird (3) US 1937 Sell This Version
Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers - Yellow Rose Of Texas / Pretty Little Dream Girl album art Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers Yellow Rose Of Texas / Pretty Little Dream Girl Bluebird (3) Canada 1937 Sell This Version
B-7053 Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers - Little Wooden Whistle / Dance To Those Sobbin' Blues album art Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers Little Wooden Whistle / Dance To Those Sobbin' Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-7053 US 1937 Sell This Version
B-7004 Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers - What's The Use / Madeira album art Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers What's The Use / Madeira(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-7004 US 1937 Sell This Version
B-6772 Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers Blues Is Nothing / You Can't Come In(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6772 US 1937 Sell This Version

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