The Royal Guardsmen

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The Royal Guardsmen are an American rock band, best known for their 1966 hit single "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron" and the Christmas follow up "Snoopy's Christmas".


Snoopy vs. the Red Baron

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).

The Guardsmen's first single, "Baby Let's Wait", failed to make the charts, but their second offering, "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron", rode the Peanuts craze all the way to #2 in the Billboard Hot 100, remaining in the bestsellers for 12 weeks, with an eventual one million sale and a gold record from the R.I.A.A. in February 1967.[1]

Snoopy, the Red Baron, and aircraft became recurring themes in their music, though they did have some chart singles on other topics, including "Any Wednesday", "I Say Love", and the Top 40 hit "Baby Let's Wait", a re-release of their first single.

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. Tom Richards died in 1979 and Pat Waddell became lead guitarist.


The Royal Guardsmen made a comeback in December 2006, when they released a new Snoopy song, "Snoopy vs. Osama", which became a hit on The Dr. Demento Show. Rick Cosner has been the alternate drummer since 2006, substituting for John Burdett as needed. The current band performs regularly around the United States.




YearSingleChart Positions
1966”Baby Let’s Wait” b/w “Leaving Me”---
Snoopy vs. the Red Baronb/w “I Needed You”281
1967”The Return of the Red Baron” b/w ”Sweetmeats Slide”15377
”Airplane Song (My Airplane)” b/w “Om”46-11
”Wednesday” b/w “So Right (To Be In Love)”97--
Snoopy's Christmasb/w “It Kinda Looks Like Christmas”1[A]-1
1968”I Say Love” b/w “It Kinda Looks Like Christmas”72--
”Snoopy For President[B]b/w “Down Behind The Lines”85-68
”Baby Let’s Wait” (Re-issue) b/w “Biplane Evermore[C]35-62
1969”Magic Window” b/w “Mother, Where’s Your Daughter”112--
1970”The Smallest Astronaut[D]b/w “Quality Woman[D]---
1972”Snoopy For President” (Re-Issue) b/w “Down Behind The Lines”---
1976”Snoopy For President” (Re-Issue) b/w “Sweetmeats Slide”---
1978”Snoopy’s Christmas” (Re-Issue) b/w “The Smallest Astronaut[D]---
2006”Snoopy vs. Osama”---


  1. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 211. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 

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