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    Taylor, Billy

    Keyboard player and background vocalist for The Royal Guardsmen.  He and fellow Guardsmen Chris Nunley and Barry Winslow all went to high school together and played in the marching band in Lake Weir, Florida.  At the time, they were planning to start their own band, The Griffins, which never got off the ground.  Instead, the three of them wound up auditioning for The Royal Guardsmen.  Taylor missed his one chance to shine as a lead singer when they did a cover version of The Coasters' "Charlie Brown" and Charles Schulz, already losing his patience with all the Snoopy songs, asked them to kindly leave it off the album.  He has been playing non-Peanuts related material with a bluegrass outfit named Backwater when he's not busy touring with the reunited Royal Guardsmen.   

     

    The Royal Guardsmen recordings

    I Needed You (Chris Nunley/Barry Winslow)

    Snoopy vs. the Red Baron (Phil Gernhard/Dick Holler)

     

    Sources:

    1.      http://www.crazedfanboy.com/spotlight/guardsmen.html

    2.      http://ocalaroyalguardsmen.com/meet.htm

      

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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