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The Royal Guardsmen

From: Ocala, FL, USA

This central Florida ensemble is best known for their late 1966 novelty one hit wonder 'Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron', which capitalized on the popularity of the Charles M. Schultz comic strip 'Peanuts', specifically Snoopy and his reoccurring fantasy about aerial dog fighting against German World War I flying ace Baron Von Richthofen. Group members included Bill Balough (bass), John Burdette (drums), Tom Richards (guitar), Billy Taylor (organ), Barry Winslow (vocals, guitar) and Chris Nunley (vocals).

The band formed in 1966 and soon after signed to the Laurie label and began issuing 45s. "Snoopy" was their second single released in late 1966 which catapulted to #2 in the U.S. and #8 in the U.K., selling over three million copies worldwide. To further capitalize on this theme, their next single was appropriately titled 'The Return Of The Red Baron', which also did quite well reaching #15 in the U.S. and #37 in the U.K. More Snoopy themed ditties followed, including 'Snoopy's Christmas' and 'Snoopy For President', but what jumps off of the vinyl however is the B-side of their third record ('Om'), which is an outstanding Eastern tinged instrumental. Another good song by the band that's played on TWOS is 'Magic Window', a harder rocker with a great guitar solo that found on the flip side of their last 45 released in the spring of 1969. Unfortunately by this time though, the band had lost momentum and faded away into obscurity.

Artist information sources include: The book, 'Fuzz, Acid, and Flowers Revisited' by Vernon Joynson.

Singles/Unreleased

Magic Window

(Original 45 Label: Laurie 3494, B - April, 1969)

Original LPs/EPs

The Return Of The Red Baron

Original LP/EP Label: Laurie LLP 2039

Released: June, 1967

Songs from this album played on TWOS:

  • Om

    (Original 45 Label: Laurie 3391, B - June, 1967)

Artist Compilations

Anthology

The compilation CD contains some of songs by this artist that are listed under the original EP/LPs above.

General Compilations

Buzz, Buzz, Buzzzzzz, Vol. 1: The High Art Of The Groovy '60s Psychedelic Instrumental

This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- Om

psychedelic music
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