Johnny Bond

Induction Year: 1970

Birth Name: Cyrus Whitfield Bond

Birth Date: 06-01-1915

Place of Birth: Enville, Oklahoma

Death Date: 06-12-1978

Place of Death: Burbank, California

During his long career, Johnny Bond wore a number of hats — actor, song publisher, scriptwriter, humorist, author, singer and session musician — in addition to being a top songwriter. He began his composing career writing cowboy material, but later had success writing honky tonk tunes, novelty numbers and drinking songs. In fact, his biggest chart hit as a recording artist was his self-penned, humorous drinking song "10 Little Bottles," which was a #2 country hit in 1965. He also added evergreen songs such as "I Wonder Where You Are Tonight," "Cimarron," "Ten Years" and "Tomorrow Never Comes" to the country canon.

He began his entertainment career playing for dances near his home in rural Oklahoma. He moved to Oklahoma City, formed a singing-cowboy trio and began broadcasting on radio. Gene Autry discovered the trio when he passed through on tour and invited them to California to appear on his Melody Ranch CBS network radio show.

Now known as the Jimmy Wakely Trio, the act appeared in a Roy Rogers film in 1939, then moved to Los Angeles in 1940 to take Autry up on his offer. Bond subsequently did recording sessions with Autry and appeared in 38 films, usually as a sidekick or an accompanying guitarist. He also became a member of Tex Ritter's band, the Red River Valley Boys, on both stage and recordings. He remained with Autry's Melody Ranch show until it ended in 1956.

Between 1952 and 1960, Johnny Bond was a regular on the California TV series Town Hall Party. He was also its writer. He and Ritter formed the song-publishing company Vidor Music. Bond continued to work as a musician as well, touring as a member of Autry's band. In Nashville, Bond, Ritter and Autry were on the board of the Country Music Association in the 1960s when the organization decided to build a Country Music Hall of Fame. He was elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970s and won the Academy of Country Music's Pioneer award in 1974. Bond was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999. He wrote a biography of his friend Tex Ritter, published in 1976, and memoirs of his own, titled Reflections, published the same year.

"10 Little Bottles"

Johnny Bond1965 #2 country, #43 pop

"Cimarron (Roll On)"

Jimmy Wakely1940 
Johnny Bond1948 
Billy Vaughn Orchestra1958 #44 pop
Tex Ritter1962 
Bob Wills1967 
Riders in the Sky1986 

"Conversation with a Gun"

Tex Ritter1958 

"Don't Live a Lie"

(written with Gene Autry)

Gene Autry1945 #4 country

"Fool's Paradise"

Jim Reeves1961 

"Forever Is Ending Today"

(written with Ike Cargill, Ernest Tubb)

Ernest Tubb1948 #5 country

"Glad Rags"

Johnny Bond1951 
Mac Wiseman1964 
Jimmy Dean1964 

"Here Was a Man"

(written with Tex Ritter)

Johnny Cash1963 

"I Won't Stand in Your Way"

Johnny Bond1941 

"I Wonder Where You Are Tonight"

Jimmy Wakely1940 
Johnny Bond1953 
The Louvin Brothers1959 
Flatt & Scruggs1962 
Hank Snow1962 
Waylon Jennings1964 
Ernest Tubb1965 
Hank Williams Jr.1968 
Porter Wagoner1971 
Bill Monroe1973 
Roy Clark1973 
Keith Whitley1985 
Bill Anderson1994 
Dolly Parton1999 

"I'll Step Aside"

Johnny Bond1946 
Ernest Tubb1947 #4 country
Marty Robbins1957 

"Jim, Johnny and Jonas"

Pee Wee King1946 

"Love Gone Cold"

Johnny Bond1945 
Rex Allen1961 

"Ridin' Down to Santa Fe"

Jimmy Dean1957 Jimmy Dean's TV show theme

"Ten Years"

Bob Wills1942 
Ernest Tubb1945 
Dierks Bentley2005 

"Those Gone and Left Me Blues"

Johnny Bond1941 

"Three Sheets in the Wind"

(written with Tex Atchison)

Johnny Bond1963 #30 country

"Tomorrow Never Comes"

(written with Ernest Tubb)

Ernest Tubb1945 #3 country
Glen Campbell1965 
B. J. Thomas1966 #80 pop
Loretta Lynn1967 
Kitty Wells1970 
Slim Whitman1970 #27 country
Elvis Presley1971 
George Jones1972 
The Statler Brothers1989 

"We Might as Well Forget It"

Bob Wills1942 

"Your Old Love Letters"

Jim Reeves1956 
Porter Wagoner1961 #10 country
Ricky Skaggs1981 
Ralph Stanley1997 

Johnny Bond

Induction Year: 1970