Jimmie Revard & His Oklahoma Playboys

b. 26 November 1909, Pawhuska, Oklahoma, USA, d. 12 April 1991, Texas, USA. Playing fiddle from an early age, Revard moved to neighbouring Texas where, in the early 30s, he led a semi-pro band in San…
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b. 26 November 1909, Pawhuska, Oklahoma, USA, d. 12 April 1991, Texas, USA. Playing fiddle from an early age, Revard moved to neighbouring Texas where, in the early 30s, he led a semi-pro band in San Antonio. It was here that he heard and hired teenage brothers Emil (steel guitar) and Adolph Hofner (vocals/guitar). It was the steel guitar that appealed to Revard but because of Emil’s youth he took along Adolph, thus unwittingly kick-starting a long and illustrious career for the singer. Revard named his new band the Oklahoma Playboys, ostensibly to differentiate between himself and Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys, but actually capitalizing upon the latter’s growing fame.

With the Oklahoma Playboys, Revard recorded extensively for Bluebird Records in the mid-30s although the Hofner brothers were soon making their own way independently. Included in Revard’s repertoire were ‘Dirty Dog’, ‘Bound To Look Like A Monkey’, ‘Daddy's Got The Deep Elm Blues’, ‘We Played A Game’, ‘Blues In The Bottle’, ‘Big Daddy Blues’, ‘Oh! Swing It’, ‘It’s A Long Way To Tipperary’, ‘Someone Else You Care For’, ‘At The End Of The Line’, ‘Old Waterfall’, ‘Lose Your Blues And Laugh At Life’ and ‘Riding Down The Canyon’.