- Category : Entertain-Music-Instrumentalist
- Type : MGP
- Profile : 3/5 - Martyr / Heretic
- Definition : Triple Split
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Service 3
American Western style singer and guitarist.
In February 1932, Boyd formed the pioneering western swing band "The Cowboy Ramblers". His band consisted of himself on guitar, his brother Jim Boyd on bass, Walter Kirkes on tenor banjo and Art Davis on fiddle.
The Cowboys Ramblers made more than 225 recordings from 1934 to 1951. The band had its own popular radio show, "The Bill Boyd Ranch House." In 1935, the Cowboy Ramblers had a huge hit with their recording of "Under the Double Eagle" which later became a western swing standard and remained in print for twenty five years. Other classics of the 1930s include "I've Got Those Oklahoma Blues", "Fan It", "Wah Hoo", "Beaumont Rag" and "New Steel Guitar Rag".
The Cowboy Ramblers became major stars on radio and were offered work in Hollywood films. Boyd eventually appeared in six Westerns during the 1940s. One of his other hits was "If You'll Come Back", No. 4, Jan. 1941.
In the 1950s, the brothers terminated their radio show and became DJs. Boyd died on December 7, 1977 in Dallas, Texas. For his contribution to radio, Bill 'Cowboy Rambler' Boyd has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.