Herb Remington is certainly one of the most outstanding steel guitar
stylists in the music field. In 1946, after discharge from military
service, he auditioned for a job with Bob Wills' great Texas Playboys
band in Los Angeles. Bob was greatly impressed, hired Remington
on the spot, and his ensuing four year stint as Wills' steel man
was to become on of the most creative and productive periods in
the young artists' career.
While with the Texas Playboys, Herb wrote and recorded the now
famous intrumental, "Boot Heel Drag". The tune was released
by MGM Records on the flip side of Wills' all-time best remembered
recording, "Faded Love". After leaving Bob Wills, Herb
joined Hank Penny's band, with which he recorded "Remington
Ride" in 1949.
After a stint with T. Texas Tyler, Herb settled in
Houston, Texas in the 1950's. For many years, Herb and his talented
wife, Mel, traveled the length and breadth of the country entertaining
in top clubs with their Hawaiian troup,"The Beachcombers."
Remington is in great demand today as a studio recording artist,
sideman, and band leader.
With PLAYBOYS II, Herb has reassembled some of his outstanding
cohorts from his days with Bob Wills when they contributed to the
most outstanding collection of hit recordings in Wills' four decades
as a band leader.
In 1978, Herb began over-the-counter retail sales of steel guitars.
By 1980, he was the nation's Number #1 Sho-Bud retailer. In 1986,
Herb started building his own line of non-pedal steel guitars, known
the Steelmaster. The photos of these fine guitars found on this
website were taken by Herb. Be sure to visit his booth at the International
Steel Guitar Convention, held annually in St. Louis.