The Royal Guardsmen

The Royal Guardsmen were a rock band from Ocala, Florida, a sextet composed of Bill Balough (bass), John Burdett (drums), Chris Nunley (vocals), Tom Richards (guitar), Billy Taylor (organ), and Barry Winslow (vocals/guitar). Originally known as the Posmen, the band adopted their Anglophile monicker during the British Invasion, led by the Beatles and other British artists. They achieved fame with their first (vinyl) single, "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron" in 1966, which was also the title of their first album the same year. Snoopy, the Red Baron, and aircraft became a recurring theme in their songs, though they did have some chart singles without those themes, including "Wednesday", "I Say Love", and the top 40 hit "Baby Let's Wait".

The original group split in 1969, but a band with some replacement players continued for another year. Two compilation albums and the original albums (doubled up) have been released on compact disc.

The Royal Guardsmen are currently experiencing a renewal and have recorded a new Snoopy song, "Snoopy vs. Osama", which has become a hit on The Dr. Demento Show. They are expected to perform in England in January 2009.


  • Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron album and single (1966)
  • Return of the Red Baron album and single (1967)
  • Snoopy And His Friends album (1967)
  • "Airplane Song (My Airplane)" single (1967)
  • "Wednesday" single (1967)
  • "Snoopy's Christmas" / "It Kinda Looks Like Christmas" single (1967)
  • "I Say Love" single (1968)
  • Snoopy For President album and single (summer 1968)
  • "Baby Let's Wait" single (winter 1968-1969)
  • Merry Snoopy's Christmas album (winter 1980)
  • Anthology CD album (April 25, 1995)
  • Best of The Royal Guardsmen CD album (May 5, 1998)
  • Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron / Snoopy & His Friends CD album (June 12, 2001)
  • Return of the Red Baron / Snoopy for President CD album (June 12, 2001)

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