Monday, January 23, 2012

Bill & Ben and the Arkansas Travelers

Bill & Ben & The Arkansas Travelers

CP-1525 ~ My Blue Eyed Baby
B. Golden – C. Foster
Golden State Songs BMI 2:40

CP-1526 ~ The Sun Shines Brighter
B Golden
Golden State Songs BMI 2:20

Traveler Records 715
601 East University, Champaign, IL


Bill is Billy McManners. Ben is Ben Cooley. Country bopper. A copy was recently auctioned at eBay. Winning bid was $350.00! Unusually high result perhaps due to the fact that this is a good record AND a Starday Custom release AND a Rite pressing?

The Arkansas Travelers released a second record on the same imprint, also in the Starday custom series, but with a different Illinois address (Seymour) the following year.

Three releases followed in the sixties for Nashville Records, a Starday subsidiary.

★ ★ ★

Arkansas Travelers
Traveler Records 878 (pressed by King Records)
PO Box 61, Seymour, Il

You Ask Me (B. Cooley, Tronic Music BMI)
Just One More (B MacManners, Tronic Music BMI)

Ben & Bill & the Arkansas Travelers
Nashville 5013 (Recorded at Starday Studios)

My One Mistake (Ben Cooley, Tronic BMI) 2:28
re-issued under the name of "Woody & Sam Jones". on LP Modern Country And Western Sounds (Palace M-719).
Monkey See Monkey Do (Billy McManners, Starday BMI) 2:16

The Travelers
Nashville 5110
Lips That Do the Talking (Bill McManners, Tronic BMI) 2:22 Vocal by Bill McManners
Make Believe World (B.Cooley-T. Morgan) Vocal by Ben Cooley

The Travelers
Nashville 5154
Most Of the Time () 2:28
Passions Over Conscience (Ben Cooley) 1:50



  1. Any info on Ben and Bill? Haven't seen nothing on them.

    1. Ben just had his 80th birthday today! He is doing pretty good!!!!

  2. I've found only this :

    Billy MCMANNERS - U.S. Social Security Death Index
    Birth: 11 Mar 1930
    State Where Number was Issued: Arkansas Death: Dec 1974

    Probably him, but not sure...