Cyrus Whitfield Bond, 1 June 1915, Enville, Oklahoma, USA, d. 12 June 1978, Burbank, California, USA. Born into a poor farming family, Bond taught himself to play ukelele and guitar and played at local dances In 1934 he moved to Oklahoma and worked on radio, appearing as Cyrus Whitfield, Johnny Whitfield and then Johnny Bond. In 1937, he worked with Jimmy Wakely and Scotty Harrel as the Singing Cowboy Trio and then the Bell Boys. They appeared with Roy Rogers in the 1939 film Saga Of Death Valley, and then became regulars on Gene Autrys radio series Melody Ranch as the Jimmy Wakely Trio. Bond wrote the standard Cimarron in 1938 and toured, performed and made films with Autry after his own trio had broken up. He subsequently did the same for Tex Ritter by forming the Red River Valley Boys to back him. He also appeared in the western Duel In The Sun, alongside Gregory Peck.
During his 17 years with the US Columbia Records...
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