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Lynda Riley
Hayloft Frolic

A pretty female singer on a country music show can sometimes steal some of the spotlight from the main attraction. Lynda Riley, a red-headed steel guitar player, was such a person Uncle Bob Hardy, of the Hayloft Frolic troupe.

Lynda was part of the band, playing steel guitar behind Uncle Bob's vocals during 1956, 1957 and 1958. She endeared herself to the servicemen when the Hayloft Frolic gang toured Japan, Korea and Germany to entertain the United Nations forces stationed there.

Later on in her career, her steel guitar styles were featured with such acts as the hot Shots in Cheyenne, Wyoming; Ardis Wells at the legendary Flame Cafe in Minneapolis, and with Abbe Neal's all-female band when she was in Reno, Nevada and the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. During those stints, her touring also took her to England and Scotland.

Today, she and her husband, Richard Wright, a noted musician and arranger himself, reside in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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  • Hillbilly-Music.com wishes to express its appreciation to Uncle Bob Hardy for providing his recollection of Lynda Riley's career and a photograph.

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