Bill Reardon was working as a singer in Central Illinois in the mid 1950s.
He got his first guitar as a present from his parents when he was twelve
years old. His musical inspiration was the legendary singer, Ernest Tubb.
When Bill finished his tour of duty in the military, he returned to
Ft. Knox, Kentucky and formed a band, the "Rambling Playboys". One of the
members of that group at the time was a fellow by the name of Deacon
Anderson, who went on to write the tune, "Ragg Mopp".
In 1946, Bill moved back home to Peoria, Illinois where he married
the former Miss Dorothy WIlliamson who was from Louisville, Kentucky.
While in Peoria, he started the "Rambling Playboys" again, playing many
night spots and radio stations throughout Central Illinois. The band
was also keen on doing charitable appearances and would often do appearances
at local hospitals.
In 1955, Bill Reardon and the Rambling Playboys had a half-hour television
showHayloft Jamboreethat aired over WTVH-TV, channel 19, in Peoria from 8:30 to 9:00pm. (The article
did not mention what day(s) the show was on.)
Credits & Sources
- Country Song Roundup No. 37; March 1955;
American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT