Cyrus Whitfield Bond (June 1, 1915 – June 12, 1978), known professionally as Johnny Bond, was an American country music entertainer of the 1940s through the 1960s.
|Birth name||Cyrus Whitfield Bond|
|Born||June 1, 1915|
|Origin||Enville, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|Died||June 12, 1978 (aged 63)|
Burbank, California, U.S.
Bond was born in Enville, Oklahoma, and grew up on several small farms in Oklahoma. As a youngster, he was influenced musically by records that his parents played. He learned basics of music as a member of his high school's brass band. While in high school he bought a ukulele, but soon he switched to playing the guitar.
Bond first performed on radio in Oklahoma City when he was 19 years old. In 1937, he began performing with Jimmy Wakely and Scotty Harrell in the Bell Boys trio, named after the Bell Clothing Company, which sponsored the group on radio station WKY in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He went on to join Gene Autry's Melody Ranch in 1940.
He also performed with his own group, the Red River Valley Boys.
The Encyclopedia of Country Music says that the Bond-Wakely-Harrell trio "pulled a clever musical scam" by recording for two companies under different names: the Jimmy Wakely Trio (for Decca Records) and Johnny Bond & the Cimarron Boys (for Columbia Records).
Bond's first solo recordings came with Columbia Records in 1937. He is best known for his 1947 hit "Divorce Me C.O.D.", one of his seven top ten hits on the Billboard country charts. In 1965 at age 50 he scored the biggest hit of his career with the comic "Ten Little Bottles", which spent four weeks at No. 2. Bond's other hits include "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed" (1947), "Oklahoma Waltz" (1948), "Love Song in 32 Bars" (1950), "Sick Sober and Sorry" (1951), and a cover of Charlie Ryan's "Hot Rod Lincoln" (1960).
Composing and publishingEdit
The hundreds of songs that Bond wrote include "Cimarron" and "Ten Little Bottles". He and Ritter formed Vidor Publications, a music publishing firm. He retired from performing in the 1970s to devote more time to publishing music.
Bond died of a stroke in 1978, at the age of 63.
In popular cultureEdit
Bond's song "Stars of the Midnight Range" was featured in the role-playing video game, Fallout: New Vegas. Another song of his; "Headin' Down the Wrong Highway" was on the radio in the game Fallout 76.
|1961||That Wild, Wicked but Wonderful West||—||—||Starday|
|1962||Live It Up and Laugh It Up||—||—|
|1963||Songs That Made Him Famous||—||—|
|1960||Hot Rod Lincoln||—||—|
|1965||Ten Little Bottles||12||142|
|1966||Famous Hot Rodders I Have Known||—||—|
|The Man Who Comes Around||—||—|
|The Branded Stock of Johnny Bond||—||—|
|1967||Ten Nights in a Barroom||—||—|
|Sick, Sober and Sorry||—||—|
|Drink Up and Go Home||—||—|
|1968||Three Sheets in the Wind||—||—|
|1969||The Best of Johnny Bond||—||—|
|1970||Something Old, New, Patriotic and Blue||—||—|
|1971||Here Come the Elephants||—||—|
|1947||"Divorce Me C.O.D."||3||—||singles only|
|"So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed"||5||—|
|"You Brought Sorrow to My Heart"||3||—|
|"The Daughter of Jole Blon"||4||—|
|1949||"Till the End of the World"||12||—|
|"Tennessee Saturday Night"||11||—|
|1950||"Love Song in 32 Beers"||8||—|
|1951||"Sick, Sober and Sorry"||7||—|
|1960||"Hot Rod Lincoln"||—||26||Hot Rod Lincoln|
|1963||"Three Sheets in the Wind"||30||—|
|1965||"10 Little Bottles"||2||43||Ten Little Bottles|
|1971||"Here Come the Elephants"||59||—||Here Come the Elephants|
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