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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are  saddened
 3    to learn of the recent death of Bob Boydston; and

 4        WHEREAS,  Bob  Boydston  was  born  on  April 16, 1931 in
 5    Chattanooga, Tennessee; Mr. Boydston began his musical career
 6    at the age of 15, when he taught himself to play the  guitar;
 7    he credited Uncle Virgil as his musical mentor; and

 8        WHEREAS,  In  1957  Bob Boydston was hired to play rhythm
 9    guitar with Curley Coldiron and the Circle "C" Boys; in  1959
10    the  group  changed  their  name  to the Sundowners after the
11    retirement of Curley Coldiron; from 1959 to  1989  the  group
12    played  nightly  for the crowds at the Bar R R, a club in the
13    Chicago Loop; and

14        WHEREAS, After the Bar R R was torn down in 1991 to  make
15    room  for  a  new  office building Bob Boydston and two other
16    members  of  the  Sundowners  opened  the  Sundowners   Ranch
17    Restaurant  &  Lounge  in  Franklin  Park; the restaurant was
18    closed in 1992 after one of the  members  of  the  Sundowners
19    became ill; the Sundowners went on to perform at Chicago area
20    county  fairs  and festivals; they will also be remembered as
21    the  band  that  performed  with  Joel  Daly,   the   singing
22    television news anchor; and

23        WHEREAS,  On  December  1,  1993,  Mayor Richard M. Daley
24    declared "Sundowners Day in the City of Chicago"  in  tribute
25    to the local band; and

26        WHEREAS,  Bob  Boydston is survived by his wife, Sue; his
27    children, Dale, Bob, and Hannah; and  his  many  friends  and
28    fans throughout the Chicago area; therefore, be it

30    ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we extend our sincere
31    sympathies to the family, friends, and fans of Bob  Boydston;
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 1    his voice is silenced now, but his memory and music will live
 2    on in the hearts of all that knew him; and be it further

 3        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
 4    presented to the family of Bob Boydston.

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