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Byron grew up in Corvallis, Oregon where his father was head of the Music Department at Oregon State University.

After two years at OSU and one year at San Jose State, Byron ended up at San Francisco State where he earned a BA in Voice and an MA in Musicology.
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"Louis"
by Byron Walls


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    In the early 60s, as a member of the San Francisco folk trio, The Travellers, Byron appeared at the Purple Onion with PHYLLIS DILLER and the Hungry i with MORT SAHL.

  Following a stint in the Army, Byron returned to San Francisco and the Purple Onion where along with HOWARD ALBERTSON he appeared for the better part of four years as one-half of the singing/comedy duo, Byron and Howard ("an act as exciting as it's name.")



The duo also appeared regularly at the Ice House in Pasadena, the Red Onion in Aspen, and the Tropicana in Las Vegas, opening for ROSEMARY CLOONEY.
 
 

 





 

The New Christy Minstrels performing
aboard the USS Ranger in Vietnam



The New Christy Minstrels with Peanuts creator, Charles Shultz, in Santa Rosa California  




 
In 1969 Byron spent a year in the New Christy Minstrels.

That same year he had his first song recorded... by ED AMES... "Today Is the First Day Of The Rest Of Our Lives."



In 1973, with BRIAN TABACH, Byron  formed a studio duo called, Sandalwood.




Their album, produced by SNUFF GARRETT on the old Bell label, contained a song called "Loving Naturally" which was on the Billboard Charts for 12 weeks.
 
 
 

 
  When the 60s folk trio, The Limeliters reformed after ten years apart for a "reunion tour," they decided four-part harmony would be more fun than three-part so they invited Byron along as the fourth voice.


 



The "live" album from that tour, recorded at Orchestra Hall in Chicago, featured Byron in a solo spot as well as three of Byron's songs.

From 1974 to 1977 Byron was a staff writer at Warner Bros. Music in Los Angeles and Nashville.
 
 

 
 

 
    Byron's songs have been recorded by EMMY LOU HARRIS, BURL IVES, GLEN YARBROUGH, THE LIMELITERS, ANDY WILLIAMS, ED AMES, ROY ROGERS, RONNIE MILSAP, RAY CONIFF SINGERS, the KENDALLS, and DENNIS WEAVER.
 

Byron has two self-produced CDs, "If I Knew Then What I Know Now" and "Calm, Cool, and Collected."

The latter is a collection of his jazz songs written over the last 30 years.

The title song was recently picked up by legendary jazz singer BLOSSOM DEARIE to do in her club act in New York.

 


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Byron in Starman

  Byron is also an actor.

In the JOHN CARPENTER film, Starman, with JEFF BRIDGES, Byron played the Arizona Police Sgt.




In the 1984 ABC TV movie, Country Gold starring LINDA HAMILTON & LONNIE ANDERSON, Byron played "Connie."

 


Earl Holliman, Lonnie Anderson & Byron

 
 

 
   

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