About The Artist
"AaHaa, here's Herby!" This "war cry" can be heard on Bob Wills records between 1946 and 1949. Herbert Leroy Remington was born on June 9, 1926 in Mishawaka, Indiana. At age twelve he got interested in the Steel Guitar (or "Hawaiian Guitar", as it was called back then) and started to get into the instrument.
In 1946 Bob Wills was auditioning for a Steel Guitar player to join a new group being formed by his brother, Luke Wills. Herby tried his luck and really impressed Bob Wills who's comment was: "Let's let Roy (his Steel player at the time) go with Luke and hire this kid." The rest is history. Herby became a Texas Playboy and together with other swing experts like Eldon Shamblin, Tiny Moore and Johnny Gimble he really made the Playboys swing - just listen to the classic Bob Wills recordings from 1947/1948 like "Fat Boy Rag", "Hometown Stomp" and "Playboy Chimes"!
He remained musically active until today, besides Western Swing he always focussed on his other musical love, Hawaiian Music. Today Herb Remington resides in Houston, Texas and is well respected among fellow Steel Guitar players for making his own brand "Remington Steel Guitars". In recent years he also recorded a series of albums with fellow musicians from Texas, most of them also being ex-members of the famous Texas Playboys.
He also still appears at Steel Guitar Shows around the country and even travels around the world - he was the honored and featured star of a Steel Guitar Festival in Vienna, Austria (Europe) in 1998.
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