Personalities | Johnny Bond | West Coast Scene | Country
(Vocals, guitar, 1915–78)
Oklahoma-born Johnny Bond originally formed a trio with Jimmy Wakely and gained national attention on Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch radio show. He made appearances in several singing-cowboy movies, first as a member of The Jimmy Wakely Trio, then leading his own group, The Red River Valley Boys. A prolific songwriter, he is best remembered for ‘Cimarron’ (the title he adopted for his own group) and for his comic rendition of ‘10 Little Bottles’ (1965), his most successful chart recording. Steady radio work was followed by a move to television, and he was seen on the Town Hall Party as musician, host and scriptwriter. He formed a music-publishing company with Tex Ritter and, after Ritter’s death, Bond wrote his biography, The Tex Ritter Story.
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