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Red River Playboys
CJOB Winnipeg, MB

About The Group

A 1954 magazine article touts the group as a "ripsnortin', music-makin' bunch of guys" that was known as Bob Boyd and his Red River Playboys.

Bob and his band were entertaining listeners over CJOB out of Winnipeg, Manitoba up north. They were doing two shows a week in 1954. One was on Friday evenings from 8:30 to 9:00pm. The other show was on Saturday evening from 8:05pm to 8:30pm. The band was also featured over the CBC network the previous winter.

We read in a 1957 article that the group perhaps was just starting about then and originally included Pat Boyd. By 1957, the band was also down to just four members and appears to include Bob Boyd's wife, Doreen to go along with Bob Tillson and Rusty Shore.

The group was doing personal appearances at such venues as Patterson's Ranch House and the Frontenas Hotel in Winnipeg.

Timeline & Trivia Notes

Group Members:
  • Bob Boyd, leader, bass fiddle
  • Bob Tillson, guitar
  • Bob Lacombe, steel guitar (1954)
  • Rusty Shore, steel guitar (1957)
  • Walley Diduck, fiddle
  • Wally Fargon, accordion
  • Art Young, vocals
  • Doreen Boyd, cocktail drum and vocals (1957)

Credits & Sources

  • Country Song Roundup; November 1954; Issue No. 35; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT
  • Country Song Roundup; April 1957; Issue No. 49; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT

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