Johnny Bond

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Johnny Bond
Background information
Birth name Cyrus Whitfield Bond
Born (1915-06-01)June 1, 1915
Origin Enville, Oklahoma
Died June 12, 1978(1978-06-12) (aged 63)
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1940-1977
Labels Columbia, Starday

Cyrus Whitfield Bond (June 1, 1915 – June 12, 1978), known professionally as Johnny Bond, was a popular American country music entertainer of the 1940s through the 1960s.


Bond was born in Enville, Oklahoma. He got his first break working for Jimmy Wakely in the late 1930s and went on to join Gene Autry's Melody Ranch in 1940, sometimes performing with his Red River Valley Boys. He also acted on occasion in films including Wilson and Duel in the Sun, and was later a regular on the 1950s Los Angeles country music television series Town Hall Party.

He is best known for his 1947 hit "Divorce Me C.O.D.", one of his seven top ten hits on the Billboard country charts. In 1965 at age 50 he scored the biggest hit of his career with the comic "Ten Little Bottles", which spent four weeks at No. 2. Bond's other hits include "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed" (1947), "Oklahoma Waltz" (1948), "Love Song in 32 Bars" (1950), "Sick Sober and Sorry" (1951) and "Hot Rod Lincoln" (1960).

He died of a stroke in 1978, at the age of 63. Bond was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999, and to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

His song "Stars of the Midnight Range" was later featured in the role-playing video game, Fallout: New Vegas.



Year Album Chart Positions Label
US Country US
1961 That Wild, Wicked but Wonderful West Starday
1962 Live It Up and Laugh It Up
1963 Songs That Made Him Famous
1960 Hot Rod Lincoln
1965 Ten Little Bottles 12 142
1966 Famous Hot Rodders I Have Known
The Man Who Comes Around
Bottles Up
The Branded Stock of Johnny Bond
1967 Ten Nights in a Barroom
Sick, Sober and Sorry
Drink Up and Go Home
1968 Three Sheets in the Wind
1969 The Best of Johnny Bond
1970 Something Old, New, Patriotic and Blue
1971 Here Come the Elephants


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country US
1947 "Divorce Me C.O.D." 4 singles only
"So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed" 3
"The Daughter of Jole Blon" 4
1948 "Oklahoma Waltz" 9
1949 "Till the End of the World" 12
"Tennessee Saturday Night" 11
1950 "Love Song in 32 Beers" 8
1951 "Sick, Sober and Sorry" 7
1960 "Hot Rod Lincoln" 26 Hot Rod Lincoln
1963 "Three Sheets in the Wind" 30
1965 "10 Little Bottles" 2 43 Ten Little Bottles
1971 "Here Come the Elephants" 59 Here Come the Elephants

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