A 1951 article notes Billy-Boy (as he was called then) was
just arriving on the country music scene. He was known
as one of the top "hillbilly accordionists" of the day
and in 1951, was the leader of a six piece band.
Billy and his band were being heard eacy day over WMIS out of Natchez,
By early 1952 or so, you were hearing Billy Tabb
and his Western Swing Band over radio station WVMI out of
The group was quite popular around the Biloxi listening area.
The group kept themselves busy doing personal appearances.
You could find their recordings on the Blue Ribbon Recording
Company label. There 'latest' release in the early 1950s where
we found them, was "I Want A Whole Lot of Lovin'".
Billy was a bit of a song writer as well and had several of his
tunes submitted and accepted by publishers. However, the articles
did not mention any of those tunes.
Timeline and Trivia Notes
Group Members included:
- Billy Tabb
- Carl Gates, hot guitar
- Jack Bass, drums
- Ed Bishop, bass
- Jeff Lofton, steel guitar(?)
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs No. 21; July 1952; American Folk Publications, Inc.;
- Country Song Roundup; Issue No. 10; February 1951;
Charlton Pub. Corp., Inc.; Derby, CT