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Floyd Curley and The Rythem Four * Hanover-Savanna

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Floyd Curley Bands from 1939-1975, photos courtesy of Sally Curley of Savanna, Updated September 17, 2006

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Floyd Curley and the Rythem Four Presents

Floyd Curley of Dutch heritage was born near Fulton, Illinois in 1919. Floyd's parents Clifford and Mamie Curley moved their young family first to a farm north of Thomson, Illlinois, and then to a farm just south of Hanover, Illinois where the Curley's were known for several decades for growing and selling a variety of watermelons including a hybrid Floyd's father, Clifford, grew known as an "ice box" watermelon.

As a grade school youth, Floyd and his younger sister Bertha traveled to area country schools to entertain. Floyd played his harmonica, guitar and sang. His sister, Bertha, played clarient and also sang.

During their teen years, Floyd and Bertha traveled to Freeport, Illinois to play live on the radio. 

Soon thereafter, Bertha was married and moved away. During the 1940's Floyd Curley formed his small dance band and played where he could such as the VFW Hall in Hanover and The Little Brown Derby south of Hanover on Route 80 (now 84).
 
Known musicians who played with Floyd Curley from the later 1940's to 1975 were Frosty Winters, Hanover; Charles Straight, Hanover; Jimmy Straight, Savanna; and Buddie Anderson, Leaf River. We're still looking for others.

In 1955, Floyd Curley was hired briefly by the famed Red Fulley to perform as a "novelty act' playing his harmonica and Hawiian steel guitar. Floyd's style was unique and lively. About a week after Floyd began with the Red Fulley Show, the Show ended due to Red Fulley falling ill.

What you will hear here from time to time will be four songs recorded by Floyd in 1978 in Nashville on the Tree label. From time to time, you will also here some home recordings of Floyd performing songs such as (to be added soon) and about five songs of his 1960's band known as the Rythem Four.

During the late 1970's and early 1980's Floyd Curley also sat in with the Red Hinton Orchestra at the Black Angus Supper Club north of Savanna and would also play piano and sing at Meeker's Supper Club on the south edge of Savanna.

We'll be back to update and add more on Floyd Curley who played piano, harmonica, Hawiian Steel guitar, acoustic and electric guitar. Floyd also loved to belt his favorite songs like " Five Foot 2," " Just Because," "Skirts," and many others that we'll be sure to add.


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Floyd Curley in Hanover, Illinois circa 1937

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Florence, Floyd, Beulah Curley behind Hanover High School circa 1937

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