Snoopy’s Christmas vs. The Red Baron – The Royal Guardsmen.

“Merry Christmas, My Friend!”

The Royal Guardsmen were 5 guys from Ocala, Florida. They recorded a quartet of songs inspired by Snoopy the Beagle in the “Peanuts” comic strip between 1967 and 1968.

According to Wikipedia, the group was indeed originally from Ocala.

Originally known as the Posmen, the Ocala, Florida-based sextet adopted their anglophile moniker during the British Invasion, led by The Beatles and other British artists. The group was originally composed of Bill Balough (bass), John Burdett (drums), Chris Nunley (vocals), Tom Richards (guitar), Billy Taylor (organ), and Barry Winslow (vocals/guitar).

Here’s an overdubbed video of the lads lip-synching to the song. We offer that so that people can remember the group as well as the song.

The group had a followup to the song which does not take place around Christmas, but is still a memorable song.

P.S. Notice that lead singer Barry Winslow is left handed but like many left handed guitarists, is playing a right handed guitar upside down and backwards. It’s fairly common for left handed players.

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