Saturday, November 1, 2014

Clyde Casebier and His Arkansas Valley Boys



Clyde Casebier and His Arkansas Valley Boys

Clyde Casebier - lead guitar
Lloyd Swan - accordion and piano
Willie Wheeler - steel guitar
Tommy Drake - double bass
Frog" Gentry - rhythm guitar (1914-1986)
Vocals: Coy Palmer and Gene Dunn

Formed sometime in the early 1940s, Clyde and his band started out in Wichita Kansas (sometimes billed as the Ark Valley Boys), before moving to Pueblo.

"My grandfather heard Spade Cooley and his band play, and decided that after he was out of the U.S. Navy, that he would have his own band. He based his sound on Spade Cooley and Bob Wills," said Lori Giebel.

Establishing themselves in the area, they became so popular that they opened the Arkansas Valley Barn to play their music, which was regular packed with adoring fans. A regular on KGHF in Pueblo, Clyde also had his own all-request program, where he and the band performed live, on the air.

"He went on to be the leader of a band in Phoenix and had a radio show as The Money Men," Giebel said. "The band also included his oldest daughter Jeannine on violin. He continued his band throughout the years and included his other two daughters, Janet on violin, and Joyce on bass.  Our home always included our jam sessions, as grandpa taught me, I was on guitar, and my little sister, Sheri on drums and bass. Later on, he taught my oldest daughter, Jennifer to play guitar."

In a 1949 issue of Railroad Journal, I found an advertisement for Clyde and the boys:

DONAHUE'S COSMOPOLITAN CLUB — DANCING EVERY NIGHT
Music By Clyde Casebier's Arkansas Valley Boys
Your Favorite Drinks and Beer 
315 Bay State Ave.

4 comments:

  1. We have this record! Clyde Casebier was (is/always will be) my Grandpa. :)

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  2. I've got to find our record of our grandpa, Clyde Casebier. We have many of his radio shows too, but we're always looking for any others that we're missing. Sure do miss being able to hug my grandpa, but I'm so thankful that I know he is with Jesus, and last year, my grandma went to be with them <3 If anyone has any pictures of his bands, please let me know.
    Our grandpa, Clyde Casebier, actually formed his band, "Clyde Casebier and his Arkansas Valley Boys" in Pueblo CO. although he had family in Witchita KA. He formed the band in the mid 1940's. He had heard Spade Cooley and his band play, and decided that after he was out of the navy, that he would begin his own band. He based his sound on Spade Cooley and Bob Wills.
    My grandpa, Clyde Casebier, played lead guitar.
    Brian "Froggy" Gentry, played rhythm guitar.
    Tommy Drake played double base.
    Willie Wheeler played steel guitar.
    Lloyd Swan played accordian and piano.
    Gene Dunn was his vocal.
    Coy Palmer sang on this record only.
    Brian "Froggy" Gentry became Clyde Casebier's best friend, and they remained best friends throughout their lives.
    Our grandpa, Clyde Casebier also went on to be the leader of a band in Phoenix and had a radio show as the money men. The band also included his oldest daughter Jeannine on violin. He continued his band throughout the years to include his other two daughters, Janet on violin, and Joyce on base guitar. Our home always included our jam sessions, as grandpa taught me, Lori, guitar, and my little sister, Sheri on drums/base guitar. Later on, he taught my oldest daughter, Jennifer, guitar. Christmas has never been the same without grandpa, Clyde, leading our music. I am so grateful for the music we still have of his.
    May God bless you <3

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  3. Uncle Clyde :) my momma has a banjo that belonged to him. He had given it to his brother, my great grandpa Joe, way back when.. Sure miss Aunt Evelyn and his visits to Pueblo. They were always wonderful company.

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