Dale Thomas & the Bandera Boys
1999 - Band
Members: Dale Thomas, Larry Fountain, Don Thomas, Keith Reed, Bob Langhurst, and Al Huntzinger
Dale got an early start in the music business, when he joined his first band in 1950. In 1954, Dale formed his own group, Dale Thomas & The Bandera Boys, which quickly established themselves as one of the top draws in a four state area.
His 1957 recording of "Crocodile Hop/Don't Wait" (Sky 12837) helped establish him and the Bandera Boys as one of the premier rock attractions in the midwest.
Later in 1963, he would go to national fame on Dot Records with his release of "Hello Lonesome/Too Young To Love" (Dot 16343).
While personnel would change over the years, the main components of the Bandera Boys besides Thomas included Al Huntzinger, Jerry Hauser, Don Thomas, Keith Reed, Jim Hemingway, Don Thomas, Keith Reed, Cecil Chapman, Larry Fountain, Jerry Kracht, Chub Yakish, and Ernie Dvorak.
From 1956 to 1964, Dale Thomas & The Bandera Boys were top rock draws on the scene. In 1964, the Bandera Boys broke up and Dale went the way of country music, where he has had a very successful career.
Dale's played with the likes of Hank Snow, Roger Miller, Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline, Hank Thompson, Dotty West, Bobby Bare, Johnny Cash, The Everly Brothers, and many more.