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comedian , composer , guitarist , singer

Johnny Bond, American singer, guitarist, comedian, composer. Member Country Music Association (director), Academy Country and Western Music (president, directory).

Background

Bond, Johnny was born on June 1, 1915 in Enville, Oklahoma, United States. Son of Rufus Thomas and Annie Mae (Camp) Bond.

Education

Student of University Oklahoma, 1937-1938.

Career

He got his first break working for Jimmy Wakely in the late 1930s and went on to join Gene Autry's Melody Ranch in 1940, sometimes performing with his Red River Valley Boys. He also acted on occasion in films including Wilson and Duel in the Sun, and was later a regular on the 1950s Los Angeles country music television series Town Hall Party. 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 "Hot Rod Lincoln" (1960). He died of a stroke in 1978, at the age of 63.

Bond was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999, and to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. His song "Stars of the Midnight Range" was later featured in the role-playing video game, Fallout: New Vegas.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author biographies on Gene Autry and Tex Ritter. Composer numerous songs.

Membership

Member Country Music Association (director), Academy Country and Western Music (president, directory).

Connections

Married Dorothy Louise Murcer, December 30, 1939. Children: Sherry Louise (Mistress Charles Weedman), Jeanne Anne (Mistress Herman Wood), Susan Paulette Riley.

father:
Rufus Thomas Bond

mother:
Annie Mae (Camp) Bond

spouse:
Dorothy Louise Murcer

children:
Susan Paulette Riley Bond

Sherry Louise Bond (Mistress Charles Weedman)

Jeanne Anne Bond (Mistress Herman Wood)