Hank Thompson - The King of Western Swing

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Hank Thompson and the Brazos Valley Boys

Hank Thompson - The King of Western Swing
 

THE BRAZOS VALLEY BOYS

To acknowledge every musician that played a part in Hank Thompson's highly successful seven decade career would be difficult but we have credited those that we know about. Our apologies to anyone that has been unknowingly left off the list. Please see the Discography/Track 9 Recordings section of this website for song writers, producers, and recording session musicians that deserve equal credit for their contribution. A comprehensive Hank Thompson biography written by Warren Kice titled "My Side Of Life" discusses the important part that those on this list had in the band. It is available in the Merchandise section of this website.

*1951-1964 BILLBOARD MAGAZINE'S "TOP COUNTRY AND WESTERN BAND OF THE YEAR" 14 YEARS IN A ROW*

Brazos Valley Boys Band that Hank used in Texas and surrounding states1951-1964 billboard magazine top Country and Western Band of the Year 14 years in a Row1951-1964 billboard magazine top Country and Western Band of the Year 14 years in a Row1951-1964 billboard magazine top Country and Western Band of the Year 14 years in a Row
1951-1964 billboard magazine top Country and Western Band of the Year 14 years in a Row1951-1964 billboard magazine top Country and Western Band of the Year 14 years in a Row1951-1964 billboard magazine top Country and Western Band of the Year 14 years in a Row1951-1964 billboard magazine top Country and Western Band of the Year 14 years in a Row1951-1964 billboard magazine top Country and Western Band of the Year 14 years in a Row
1951-1964 billboard magazine top Country and Western Band of the Year 14 years in a Row1951-1964 billboard magazine top Country and Western Band of the Year 14 years in a Row1951-1964 billboard magazine top Country and Western Band of the Year 14 years in a Row1951-1964 billboard magazine top Country and Western Band of the Year 14 years in a Row1951-1964 billboard magazine top Country and Western Band of the Year 14 years in a Row

The Countrypolitan Sounds Of Hank Thompson's Brazos Valley Boys - Instrumental
WB W/WS-1679 (1967)

The Instrumental Sounds Of Hank Thompson's
Brazos Valley Boys
DOT DLP-25978 (1970)

The Instrumentals
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The No.1 Country and
Western Band
Capitol T/ST1741 (1962)

My Personal Favorites
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The Brazos Valley Boys Live performances. This is an alphabetical listing of the band members that regularly played in the band and other musicians that played in the band for one or more performances.

  • Maurice "Reese" Anderson - Steel guitar
  • Bill Armstrong - Fiddle
  • Gil "Tripod" Baca - Piano
  • Kermit Baca - Drums
  • Bob Bain - Guitar
  • Frankie Behrens - Steel guitar
  • Jim Belkin - Fiddle
  • Henry Boatman - Saxaphone
  • Marvin Bredemeier - Fiddle
  • Thom Bresh - Guitar
  • Roddy Bristol - Fiddle
  • Reggie Brown - Vocals, Bass guitar
  • Pete Burke Jr. - Bass guitar
  • Tommy Canfield - Fiddle
  • Billy Carson - Guitar
  • Harold Lee "Curly" Chalker - Steel guitar
  • Hugh Chambers - Drums
  • Roy Clark - Guitar
  • Keith Coleman - Fiddle
  • Merle David - Fiddle
  • Vic Davis - Piano
  • Dubert Dobson - Trumpet
  • Ben Dorsey - Road manager
  • Ron Earley - Drums
  • James Favor - Fiddle
  • Wayne Foster - Drums
  • Robert "Bobby" John Garrett - Steel guitar
  • Rip Giersdorf - Bass guitar
  • Billy Gray - Guitar and band leader
  • John Louis "Jack" Greenbach - Bass guitar
  • Ludy Harris - Vocals, drums and guitar
  • Roy Harte - Drums
  • Joe Hayes - Fiddle
  • Rich Hawkins - Piano
  • Kenneth Hayes - Fiddle
  • Red Hayes - Fiddle
  • Amos Hendrick - Fiddle
  • Harold Hensley - Fiddle
  • Gary Hogue - Steel guitar
  • Wanda Lavonne Jackson - Vocals
  • Ray Jones - Fiddle
  • Mark Jordan - Keyboard
  • Junior Knight - Steel guitar
  • Jim Lebak - Bass guitar
  • Curly Lewis - Fiddle
  • Joe Losciuto - Piano
  • Curtis Lovejoy - Band leader & Bass guitar
  • Joe Maphis - Guitar
  • Johnny Mason - Fiddle
  • Billy McBay - Fiddle
  • Paul McGee - Drums
  • Donnie McDonald - Piano
  • Ray Mellis - Fiddle
  • Johnny Migetto - Drums
  • Brad Miller - guitar
  • Terry Miller - Steel guitar
  • Jimmy Murphy - Steel guitar
  • Red Murrell - Guitar
  • Lefty Nason - Bass and Steel guitar
  • Gwin Merle "Junior" Nichols - Drums
  • Billy Peters - Fiddle
  • Curtis Potter - Vocals and Bass guitar
  • Jimmy Pruett - Piano
  • Pee Wee Reed - Bass guitar
  • Doug Rogers - Drums
  • Bert Rivera - Steel guitar
  • Bill Jack Saucier - Fiddle
  • Joe Settlemires - Guitar
  • Jerry Smithey - Vocals and guitar
  • Clifford "Cliffie Stone" Snyder - Bass Fiddle and guitar
  • Billy "Round Boy" Stewart - Bass guitar
  • Dusty Stewart - Steel guitar
  • Gary Sullivan - Drums
  • Morey Sullivan - Band leader & Bass guitar
  • Will Taylor - Vocals and drums
  • Tommy Dee Thacher - Drums
  • Billy Thompson - Guitar and Bass guitar
  • Merle Travis - Guitar
  • George Uptmore - Fiddle
  • Billy Walker - Vocals and guitar
  • Bob White - Fiddle and Mandolin
  • Floyd Lester "Bobbie" White - Steel guitar
  • J.D. Walter - Steel guitar
  • John Sterling "Buddy" White - Drums
  • Wayma K. "Pee Wee" Whitewing - Steel guitar
  • Wade Wood - Fiddle
  • Randy "Panda" Woolery - Drums
  • Bernard Young - Drums

Recording Session Musicians Many of the musicians that played in the live performances also played on the recording sessions so we have not listed them again here. Please CLICK THIS LINK to see the names and the songs that they played on.

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