"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
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)
Credits & Sources
- Hillbilly-Music.com wishes to express its
appreciation and thanks to Walter F. Stettner of Vienna, Austria
for contributing this article on Herb to get us started on documenting
Herb Remington's career as well as the photo enclosed with the article.
Walter is also a steel guitarist and a serious country music collector.
He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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