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The Royal Guardsmen

The Royal Guardsmen might sound British but they were an American rock band who became quite popular with their 1966 hit single “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron”. 

The boys in the band come from Ocala, Florida and were originally called the Posmen. They are Bill Balough on bass, John Burdett drums, Chris Nunley vocals, Tom Richards guitar, Billy Taylor organ, and Barry Winslow vocals and guitar.

Their very first single failed to score “Baby Let’s Wait” but afterward along came “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron” and it rode to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 especially due to the comic strip Peanuts and remained among the best sellers for 12 weeks. It is still very popular today. In February on 1967, it got them a Gold record.

Other singles included “Any Wednesday”, “I Say Love” and “Baby Let’s Wait” but they didn’t make any great sensation. Finally, the Royal Guardsmen broke up in 1969.

They made a comeback in December 2006 releasing a new Snoopy song “Snoopy vs. Osama” and it became a hit on the Dr. Demento Show. Currently, they tour around the U.S.


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