101 Ranch Boys

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Cliff Brown (b. 29 April 1916, Argentine, Kansas, USA; fiddle/vocals), George Long (b. 8 May 1921, Kansas City, Kansas, USA), Andy Reynolds (b. 14 April 1914, on ranch in Western Kansas but raised in…
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Artist Biography by

Cliff Brown (b. 29 April 1916, Argentine, Kansas, USA; fiddle/vocals), George Long (b. 8 May 1921, Kansas City, Kansas, USA), Andy Reynolds (b. 14 April 1914, on ranch in Western Kansas but raised in Kansas City, USA, d. 29 November 1975; guitar/vocals), Smokey Roberts (b. William L. Roberts, 27 November 1925, Pitcher, Oklahoma, USA; guitar/vocals) and Leonard Zinn (b. 27 December 1924, Hanover, Pennsylvania, USA; electric steel guitar). While working as a truck driver, Reynolds decided on a musical career and first performed solo until he met Brown. A Cherokee Indian, Brown first sang and played on WLBF Kansas City and as the fiddler for local dances prior to meeting Reynolds. On the suggestion of Brown’s mother (who was born on the 101 Ranch, Oklahoma), they adopted the name and began to play for square dances and on local radio. A few years later they were joined by Roberts and Long and commenced their main career at WSBA York, Pennsylvania. Zinn, who for some years taught guitar, played with the Hawaiian Sharps before joining the 101 Ranch Boys in 1948. He also acted as the group’s comedian and on retirement opened a music store in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Wayne Chipley (fiddle) also recorded with the group but no biographical information is available. The 101 Ranch Boys, under Long’s leadership, re-formed after World War II and remained active until around 1955. During this time they recorded for Security, Rich and Columbia Records.