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Billy Byrd

William Lewis "Billy" Byrd (17 February 1920 – 7 August 2001) was a key early country lead guitarist (with some jazz leanings) and studio musician who performed with Ernest Tubb, the Oak Ridge Quartet, Tex Ritter, George Hamilton IV, Jimmy Dickens and others. He helped to popularize the role of the electric lead guitarist in country music and, with fellow guitarist Hank Garland, was responsible for input into the design of the Gibson Byrdland guitar, named after parts of the names of both players.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 17th, 1920 (Nashville), Died August 7th, 2001 (Nashville)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938 - 1970

Roles Represented in DAHR: electric guitar, guitar, lead guitar

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 106 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-027749 10-in. 9/27/1938 I've had a big time today Dixieliners ; Arthur Smith Male vocal solo, with string band and vocal ensemble instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-027750 10-in. 9/27/1938 The farmer's daughter Dixieliners ; Arthur Smith Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-027751 10-in. 9/27/1938 Gypsy's warning Dixieliners ; Arthur Smith Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-027752 10-in. 9/27/1938 In the pines Dixieliners ; Arthur Smith Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-027753 10-in. 9/27/1938 Why should I wonder? Dixieliners ; Arthur Smith Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-027754 10-in. 9/27/1938 When the roses grow around the cabin door Dixieliners ; Arthur Smith Male vocal solo, with string band and vocal ensemble instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-027755 10-in. 9/27/1938 I'm lonesome, I guess Dixieliners ; Arthur Smith Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-027756 10-in. 9/27/1938 Hesitating blues Dixieliners ; Arthur Smith Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-027757 10-in. 9/27/1938 Girl of my dreams Dixieliners ; Arthur Smith Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-027758 10-in. 9/27/1938 Give me old-time music Dixieliners ; Arthur Smith Male vocal solo, with string band and vocal ensemble instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca NA 2067 12/29/1949 I love you because The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca NA 2068 12/29/1949 Give me a little old fashioned love The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca NA 2069 12/29/1949 Unfaithful one The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca NA 2309 1/17/1951 So long (it's been good to know yuh)-1 Red Foley ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca NA 2310 1/17/1951 The chicken song-2 Red Foley ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca NA 2337 3/9/1951 The strange little girl-1 Red Foley ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca NA 2411 6/15/1951 Hey la la-1, 2 The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca NA 2412 6/15/1951 Rose of the mountain-2, 3 The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca NA 2413 6/15/1951 Precious little baby The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca NA 2414 6/15/1951 I'm in a crowd but so alone The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca NA 2540 11/13/1951 So many times The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca NA 2541 11/13/1951 My mother must have been a girl like you The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca NA 2542 11/13/1951 Somebody's stolen my honey The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca NA 2543 11/13/1951 A heartsick soldier on a heartbreak ridge The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca NA 2544 11/14/1951 I'm in love with Molly Red Foley ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, electric guitar  
(Results 1-25 of 106 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Byrd, Billy," accessed August 12, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110929.

Byrd, Billy. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 12, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110929.

"Byrd, Billy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 12 August 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110929

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