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Charlie Herald
and his Roundup Rangers

Charlie Herald and His Roundup Rangers What we know about Charlie Herald at this point is through the daughter of Charlie's one-time fiddler, Ken McKenzie.

Ken's daughter relates that he was a talented violinist / fiddler and also worked with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for several years.

She notes that he always enjoyed kicking back and sharing his memories about the times he had working in Charlie Herald's group.

Charlie Herald and the Roundup Rangers were all residents of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Today's musicians travel in luxury compared to those who paved those roads for them. Today they have paved super highways, air-conditioned fully equipped buses or even airplanes to get them to their personal appearances.

As you can see in these pictures, from the mid-1930s, travel back then could have its own challenges. Note the group perhaps had a sponsor as seen by the ad on their wagon (yes, drawn by horses!) for Pearl Soap. These photos were from a trip traveling to the province of Saskatchewan and one caption notes, "Stuck again...muddy roads!"

On the Road - 1934 - Roundup Rangers On the Road - 1934 - Roundup Rangers

Ken's daughter, Nancy, relates that the notation on the photo of her dad with the fiddle indicates he was appearing at the Carleton Place in Ontario.

The piano player for the group was a cousin of Ken's, Jack McArton.

There are some photos that don't have anything to do with the band on this sheet so you can just disregard them. They are the top three and the bottom left ones.

Ken McKenzie Thorney Bridgewater and Ken McKenzie

Timeline & Trivia Notes

Group Members: 1933 recordings

  • Charlie Herald, leader; guitar
  • Arnold Johnston, fiddle
  • Eddie Johnston, fiddle
  • Garry Herald (Charlie’s son), tenor guitar; harmonica
  • Hank Hughes, vocals; guitar and harmonica
  • Jack McArton, accordion and piano
  • Harold Cawston, trumpet and drums

Timeline & Trivia Notes

Group Members: 1934 recordings

  • Charlie Herald, leader; tuba
  • Garry Herald, tenor guitar and harmonica
  • Ken McKenzie, fiddle and clarinet
  • Steve Martin, fiddle(?)
  • Jack McArton, accordion
  • Bob Crossen, guitar(?)
  • Thorney Bridgewater, drums

Credits & Sources

  • Hillbilly-Music.com wishes to thank the daughter of fiddler Ken McKenzie for providing us with photos and information related to Charlie Herald and his Roundup Rangers.

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Recordings
 
Bluebird
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  B4962 A Red River Valley (vocal by Hank Hughes)
  B4962 B Crawdad Song (vocal by Hank Hughes)
  B4963 A The Wind That Shakes The Barley / Devil's Dream
  B4963 B Swallow Tail Jig / Haste To The Wedding
  B4964 A The Dying Cowboy (vocal by Hank Hughes)
  B4964 B Springtime In The Rockies
  B4965 A The Roundup Rangers Schottische
  B4965 B Hiawatha Two Step
  B4967 A Turkey In The Straw / Chicken Reel
  B4967 B Soldier's Joy / Speed The Plough
  B4970 A Irish Washerwoman / Garry Owen
  B4970 B Kingdom Coming / Love Is But A Lassie
  B4975 A White Cockade/ Rakes of Mallow
  B4975 B Circassian Circle/ Rickett�s Hornpipe
  B4981 A Oh For the Wild and Wooly West
  B4981 B Cowboy's Christmas Ball
  B4984 A Red Wing
  B4984 B Chicken Reel
  B4987 A Silvery Moon
  B4987 B The Little Old Sod Shanty on the Claim
  B4990 A Hi-Le Hi-Lo (Out West We Go)
  B4990 B Trouble For The Range Cook
  B4996 A There's An Empty Cot
  B4996 B Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet (vocal Helen Diller)
  B4998 A O Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie
  B4998 B Cowboy's Heaven
  B4999 A There Is A Tavern In The Town (vocal Helen Diller)
  B4999 B Yodeling My Troubles Away (vocal Helen Diller)
 
Decca
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  5058 A Goofus
  5058 B Kingdom Coming


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