Just learned this morning that Big Band era trombonist and one of the leaders of the local (to Columbia, SC) Helms-Boyd Orchestra (which played for two years plus at the Adams Mark Hotel and more recently at the Clarion Suites in Columbia, SC) died earlier this month.
I remember one day I found a 2nd hand LP (are there any other kind?) of the Harry James Band, and Don Boyd's picture was on the cover with the band. I had bought it for about 10 cents for my son's birthday as he is a trumpet man. Mrs. Curley and I brought the album to Thurday night at the Adams Mark to get Don Boyd to autograph it for our son. He gladly did so and asked if he could show it around to all his friends there that night.
I believe he did most if not all of the arranging for the Helms-Boyd Orchestra.
Since moving to Bethune, Mrs. Curley and I haven't been out dancing. We do miss it, but do make occasional use of our own living room 'ballroom'.
I'm sure Don will be missed by all his friends.
Here is Don Boyd's obituary. (I couldn't access the local one.)
Update: Here is another story about the Helms-Boyd Orchestra.
May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen