of Little Rock, AR
May 26, 1936 - October 8, 2020
Bob Boyd, beloved husband, father, and friend, and long-time musician and entrepreneur, died Thursday, October 8, 2020 at the age of 84.Bob was born at Mayflower, AR May 26, 1936 to J. A. Boyd and Minnie Ledrick Boyd. Bob was leader of his own band, most recently called the Bob Boyd Sounds, for over 50 years, in which he played piano, accordion and tenor banjo for thousands of private engagements and concerts all over Arkansas and surrounding states. Bob was married to Donnie Jean in 1960. Together, they established, owned and operated Boyd Music Center, a music store and teaching studio, from 1962 to 2000. Bob loved to encourage anyone who entered the store to try out any of the instruments that were of interest to them, and Boyd Music remained a friendly gathering place for musicians of all ages and skill levels to hang out, learn and play music during its 38 years of operation. Bob later served as sales consultant to Sigler Music Center, Little Rock Piano and Organ Company, and Little Rock Frets, always seeking to serve the musical community. Bob and Donnie also founded Boyd Pro Sound, a sound design company that installed state of the art sound systems in churches and auditoriums across the state. Bob was a long-time member and served as President of the Arkansas Grocers and Merchants Association, who awarded Boyd Music Center Inc. the title "Retailer of the Year," the only music company ever to receive that award. In 2015 Bob received the Legends of Arkansas Living Legend Award in recognition for a lifetime of inspiring musicians, and in 2018 was inducted into the Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame. Bob was also a long-time member and served as Volunteer Arbitrator and Board Chairman of the Better Business Bureau of Arkansas. Bob was a Master Freemason and, for many years, was also active with the National Federation of Independent Business and served as their delegate to conferences in Washington, D.C. Bob became an avid runner in the late 1970's and ran countless road races through the years, including five marathons. He was also passionate about many subjects and had an undying thirst for knowledge. His wonderful sense of humor and notoriously dry wit always kept those around him laughing, and his counsel and words of encouragement and wisdom were frequently sought by friends and family. Bob attended Redeemer Community Church in Little Rock. He loved Christ, loved to study the Scriptures and was a member and sometimes leader of several Bible study groups. He will be greatly missed by his family and countless friends whom he loved dearly. He is survived by his wife, Donnie Jean (Huddlestun), one daughter, Melody Lynn Arsenault, and grandson, Cameron Boyd Arsenault, both of Wilbraham, MA, 5 nephews, 4 nieces, many cousins and a multitude of friends.Family and close friends will gather for a private memorial service on Monday, October 12 immediately followed by a burial service at Mayflower, AR cemetery. The memorial service will be live streamed online at 11AM at www.redeemerlr.org for anyone who would like to attend virtually.
dear BOYD FAMILY --DECADES AGO, i MET MR. b. when he showed up in my office at KSSN RADIO. WE HAD A SPLENDID VISIT AND HE CAME BACK THE FOLLOWING DAY AND TUNED MY AUTOHARP FOR ME. i have never forgotten this kindness. I was new to ARK. BACK THEN AND HE WAS JUST SUCH A KIND, SWEET GENTLEMAN -- THE PERFECT AMBASSADOR FOR THE NEW STATE. MAY GOD ABOVE HAVE WELCOMED HIM INTO PARADISE. AUDREY
Thank you for sharing your musical talents and love of music and people for so many, many years. Blessings to your family.
God Bless Bob. I've known him for probably 35 years and we have played together many times. He was one of the most versatile and intelligent pianist I've ever worked with. He was even on my last CD. I'll miss him dearly, but I know he's already forming a great combo in Heaven. He was a very vocal believer, and Jesus surely prepared a great venue for him. God Bless Donnie, too!
My condolences to the family and friends of this amazing man. I first met Bob in the 1960s when I started taking banjo lessons from his good friend Joe Brandt. For several decades after that I not only shopped in his store but got to play my banjo at performances with his piano and accordion as I recall. I valued his advice and that of his trusted employees.
Much LoveDanny & Cathy
Hard to say good bye to an old and treasured friend and fellow musician. May the Lord watch over Donnie and Melody, as Bob will be missed but will remain always in the hearts of those who knew him.
We will miss you unkle Bob! and we always remember you, Love the Dewitts
Because of a mutual interest in music and instruments, we had the gift of getting to know Bob. His talent and his love of helping others to also love music was inspiring. We wonder what instruments he’s now playing in heaven! 🤔❤️
We have lost not only a great musician, but a truly great man who cared deeply about others. I had the privilege of working at Boyd Music in the 1970’s and then reconnecting briefly in 2017 in the “Park Bench Incident”. My deepest condolences to Donnie and Melody. Jane and I will keep you in our prayers.
Bob Boyd, was part of my life for 57 years. 1st memory, in his first store, near Central High, in April of 1964. The new big store, the rooftop event, the closing, the retail, and set-up work, and more recently on Facebook. He often, would come and sit in, with my band, the Train Gang, at the 4 Seasons, in 72-73’. First guitar, first synth, and countless repairs and repair items, were done at Boyd’s. When I moved to Fla., Georgia, Miss, I really, missed the store. He knew my parents well. Thank God for having this man around us. Bob, R.I.P.
Dear Donnie, Melody and Cameron -- Thinking of you during this difficult time. I told my brother, Jack Pritchett, that I always thought that Bob was a good, good man. Thinking about our time taking private lessons at Boyd's and how fun it was to be in the store, listening to real musicians playing electric guitar. Boyd's was an institution.Take care, JOY
My heart is so sad to hear the passing of such a great musician and my friend. I will never forget practicing at his studio for the music gigs we had planned. I enjoyed singing as he played the piano at the country club and with the band at the airport. It was such a joy to hear his music. I am thankful to know Bob Boyd and to be included in his legacy. My love to his family, band, and all who knew him. - Tamara James
Bob was always "110% super nice guy " !!! I remember playing out front for the grand opening of Bob's new store on 12th street with a band called "the classics" consisting of Bill McMahan, Mickey Sims, Gene Hill & Pete Guatney. We will miss u Bob !!
Bobby was my cousin. He and his beautiful musical will surely be missed by me and many others. But I know he is up there playing his music for Jesus!! Until we see each other again, love you cuz!!!
So sorry for your loss. Praying God will hold you close during your time of loss. Bob was a awesome man and enjoyed the times together at the yearly Boyd reunions. This was a great service as I watched on line, of a great man and the example he has set for many. He touched so many lives and will be remembered by all.
Bob Boyd was and will remain important and influential to all of his customers, bandmates, and family. He was genuine, encouraging, and curious. Our best to Donnie, Melody, and his extended family.
Bob was my friend and mentor. He was coaching me on the nuances of arranging four part harmony. Typically our weekly sessions would lead to discussions from Irving Berlin . . .to Bob actually playing piano "samples" . . .what a treat. Thank you Bob!
Psalm 98 begins, "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord". For generations of musicians, ground zero for that joyful noise was Boyd Music Center. In the middle of the joy, right below the hand painted sign which read, "You've Got A Friend" stood the leader of the band, Bob Boyd. I was among the fortunate few to witness his impact on so many lives from the inside. My sixty plus year journey with Bob began as a student, evolved into a customer and ultimately an employee and lifelong friend. Only a few weeks ago Bob proved himself a valuable resource. My youngest daughter, a wedding coordinator had lost a harpist for an upcoming reception at the last minute. She called Bob who supplied her with names and numbers for several more. One whom she booked with one day to spare based upon Bob's recommendation. He helped everyone that way. Bob was a dear, sweet soul and a all around good man. W will all miss him.
I am very sorry for your loss, Donnie and Melody. Bob was a genuinely good man who touched many, many lives over the course of his long and distinguished career. His optimistic outlook on life was infectious. Whenever I met him and asked "How are you doing, Bob?" he would invariably reply "I never had it so good!" May God rest his soul.
Dear Donnie and Family, Bob was such a wonderful man. I remember going with my dad, Gene Hill, to the store to visit Avon and others back in the late 1960’s and 1970’s. In the mid 1990’s, he sold us a keyboard for our daughter who had just begun taking piano lessons at the store. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts snd prayers during this difficult time. Shawn Hill Hallman and Family
We bought musical instruments for our three children from Boyd Music Store when they started Junior high school. Years later Bob played the piano for our morning worship services on alternate Sunday's at Little Rock Community Church for awhile and he will forever be a special part of L.R.C.C. Donnie and Melody we ask God's richest blessings upon you as you take comfort in your memories of this special man who meant so much to so many.
The world is a better place because of Bob Boyd’s kindness and generosity. I have known Bob since 1963, I have always considered him a close friend just as hundreds of musicians do. Was just 13 and learning to play when I went to Boyd Music Store, my life was changed forever. I became a fixture there for years. As a musician when you entered the door you were home. I never saw a sign that said employees only, don’t touch or ask first. Mr. Boyd made it possible for you to put your hands on any instrument in the store, even if you were a kid with no money. I’m sure I speak for all who knew him when I say we loved him and will greatly miss him.Donnie and Melody, y’all are in our prayers.Debra and “little” Phil Miller
My deepest condolences to Donnie, Melody and all family and friends of the great Bob Boyd. My love and respect for this man is inexpressible. My relationship with him began at the age of 10 when I met him and the late Joe Brandt, when my parents purchased my first guitar.Everything good in my professional life of 45 years in music and entertainment began with this unforgettable man.Tomorrow, as I turn 66 years old, I will remember Bob on my birthday with tribute and respect as I join the online streamed memorial. We all loved you, Uncle Bob, and will remember you forever. In the words of your favorite song of mine, you’ll always be “A Part Of Me.”
Bob told me the story behind Ampeg amps in 1967. He would know - being a lover of jazz. I bought several pieces of gear from him at the 12th street store. He will be greatly missed!
Mr. Boyd was always a friend to me, from my early childhood years on. God bless his family.
This world is a better place because of Bob Boyd. He touched so many lives with his kindness and generosity. I was a fixture at Boyd Music everyday during the summer months and every Saturday during school year. That is where I literally learned to play. I never saw a sign in his store saying employees only, do not touch, or ask permission first.as a musician when you entered the door you were at home.Mr. Boyd gave me my first charge account at 14, and I have never forgotten his trust ,generosity, and Council .My prayers are with his family, God Bless
Bob was a dear friend and I will miss him dearly.He was one of the best musicians I ever played with and l know the whole music world will miss him dearly.
I Always loved visiting the store . He would encourage us to check out the instruments . We would stand around and listen to him play My condolences and deepest SYMPATHY
I worked at Boyd Music for a number of years. Bob was as inspiring to his employees as he was to the musicians who frequented the store. The world feels much emptier knowing he is gone. But I also know that there are so many of us who are enriched by his wisdom, kindness and the joy he freely shared, his life still lives in us.
I worked for Mr. Boyd at Boyd Music Center for 5 1/2 years. Mr. Boyd was always kind and encouraging. When he found out I was a runner he talked me into running the Pepsi 10K with him. We ran many Pepsis and other races together. He taught me the value of customers and was an inspiration. God Bless you Mrs. Boyd, Melody and other family members. Though we are sad he is gone we can smile because we knew him.
We are heartbroken with the news of Bob's passing. He raised a lot of us teens with his love, guidance, humor, faith, and more. He encouraged us all to succeed in music and every day life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Donnie and family.
I first took music lessons from Bob when he worked at Rosen’s in Little Rock. Moved with him his first store on 12th street then later to the one he opened on 12th street closer to University. He became a family friend. He was definitely a legend and will be missed. Condolences to his family. May your faith in God comfort you.Jenny
I just heard Bob passed away few minutes ago. I am sorry for his family & friends having to say goodbye but we are blessed we get to see our family & friends again someday. Bobby, as we called him many years ago when we were kids(teen agers) & went to Mayflower Church together was a good friend. and so was his family. I lost touch with him & lot of friends when I married a Marine & moved to California but never forgot them. My prayers are with you.
I came across an old Boyd Music pick and ink pen the other day. Two days later I found out Bob has left us. So many memories came up. He was a friend and an indelible influence on a lot of people over several decades. He hired good people who I consider friends to this day. Though some have left us as well. He cared about relationships beyond the first sale. He had a way with people and could see the goodness in their hearts. I will miss him.
Bob was adware friend and I will dearly miss him.He was one of the best musician I ever played with.The entire music world will miss Bob forever.
Bob Boyd. You gave me a new start in the Rock in 1984, 15 years I worked the electronics repair shop where I made some best friends and worked with the best musicians Arkansas has to offer. Bob gave me the opportunity to help the musical community. Bob gave me the chance to do some good in this world. Thank you for the best years of my life. Thank you Bob, you are missed by so many. -- I never had it so good
His love for music was contagious. Generous and courteous to all who enter his store. Had a profound influence on the Little Rock music scene. Bob Boyd will be missed. He helped many a musician get their start.
We loved Bob Boyd. Back during my running days, I ran beside Bob, aka The Abominably Slow Man a number of times. I was pretty slow too. He played beautiful Christmas music at the VA Towbin Center (Fort Roots) while my dad was there. It was a great day for everyone there. Thank you Bob for the great memories.
I have missed seeing him everywhere, but hope to see him in heaven. I would see him and his group at airport at Xmas, at opening of carousel at the zoo, and at Second Baptist when they sponsored Friday night jazz. Such a neat interesting person. Little Rock will miss him . So sorry for all our loss.
My first guitar and lessons came from Boyd Music in the early 70’s. I went on to get music degrees, work in church music and now also teach a handful of guitar lessons. Thankful for my musical beginnings at Boyd Music!
Thank you Mr. Boyd. You always spoke words of support and encouragement. You were a gift to us all.
Bob and his family were neighbors across the street on Springwood Drive in Little Rock for many years as I grew up. His jam sessions in the basement could be heard outside and was fun to listen to! He was always very kind and patient with us when we were kids. He was instrumental in directing my parents for getting me my first guitar!! He will be missed by many people. My prayers go out to Donnie and Melody for their loss of a great inspiration to us all!! Peace be with you.
Our hearts are heavy as we too grieve the loss of our dear friend and neighbor Bob. His life has been an inspiration to many over his lifetime. We will miss having our e-mail chats. Bob never once complained as he knew God was caring for him while managing his illness over many years. Our heart felt sympathy is with wife Donnie, daughter Melody and grandson Cameron and extended family.We send our love, prayers of healing and strength.
During our “running days” we participated in several runs in the Pinnacle Mountain area. My last sighting was Bob topping a big hill several yards ahead of me. I never caught him.
I have known Bob since the early 70's and made many visits to Boyd's Music center over the years. My wife and I lived just 3 houses down from the Boyd's for several years before they moved into their new home. Aside from our interests in music, Bob confided in me so many times concerning odd jobs he had going on while I was employed at Fuller & Son Hardware. He always encouraged me to continue my drumming and would always share bible verses that would help me when I was feeling down. I don't know of a more loving and caring person than Bob Boyd, and surely no one loved music any more than he did. His friendship, his smile, and his love for his fellow man will be sorely missed. R.I.P. my dear friend till we meet again.
To Donnie and your daughter, my deepest sympathy for your loss — Bob and I had so many pleasant interactions over the years: my son learned to play the guitar at the Music Center; Bob and the boys played many events for my company, R.S.V.P., and then I introduced him to my late husband, Joel Taylor. They became fast friends and collaborators. I will miss Bob, too.
He shared his talent with many people and brought joy to those who were privileged to hear. When I was in the music store one day, a gentleman was also in there, and we all played together. Amazing Grace on three pianos! Awesome...
Bob Boyd was a one and only. The Lord broke the mold after he made Bob. He always made me feel important when I would shop at his store and later when he worked for other establishments. I always found him to be honest and to do the right thing when dealing with me. He had a good sense of humor but would never listen to an off colored story are joke. Earth lost a good man and heaven gained a saint.Donnie I pray that God will give you peace and comfort and will bless you and your daughter in this time of loss.
Mr. Boyd always had time to help anyone who had an interest of music. Always loved going to the store while my mom took lessons. My thoughts and prayers are with the family
Bob was a legend and a gift to so many in the music world of Arkansas. I am sitting in Jim's office, writing this on Jim's computer, below a wall of framed pictures including two of Jim and Bob togetherat events. Bob brought joy to the city. Such a fine man. A loss for Little Rock. My condolences to you.
I’m 58 years old I was raised in that store on 12th st. I was like 8 9 10 years old and got the privilege to hang out and meet some of the best people of my life from employees to a couple of rock stars. All the musicians who taught their were top notch and nothing but great people Bob was a great friend and person to me later on in my life as a sponsor and mentor. You were nothing but a great man! You will always be in my heart ✌️I love ya Rick R. Reynolds 🎹🥁
Love you "Unkie Bob". Find peace and joy in the arms of our Redeemer. Say hello to mom and dad for me.
Memories of running with Bob flooded my mind when I saw his obituary in the paper today. We got caught in a thunderstorm trying to get back to dry Andy’s on a Saturday morning. I will never forget “The Abominaly Slow Man”. I still have the t-shirt on a quilt. My thoughts go out to his wife and family. May your memories bring you comfort.
I first met Bob Boyd in his music store , Which was the go to place for musicians.It was a perfect place to be for any musician. We later became friends through music , sharing ideas. He still isA big inspiration in music and as a person,He will be greatly missed.
Bob was a wonderfully talented and insightful man. These things I learned as I worked for him for almost 20 years. He taught me about business and, importantly, so much about life. Donnie and Melody, I too mourn the loss of his passing. God bless you both and your families.
Bob was a wonderful man, such a caring spirit. I grew up in the late 60’s early 70’s learning guitar at his store on 12th street and loved sitting and listening to his wonderful stories these many years later. He was loved by all who knew him.
Thinking of the loved ones of Bob. Especially Donnie. Bob was a great person and musician. We will miss him.
Bob was a man of music and Bob's music made the man. He loved the music and we loved him and the music he played. He was a stand up guy, always gracious and kind. I will always remember the many good times you entertained us all. You will be be deeply missed and forever remembered. "Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and wings life to everything. -Plato. Fly on a high note Bob Boyd!
Few people have impacted as many people as Bob Boyd. He was kind and humble and God's love shined, through him on all he came in contact with, especially musicians. He was a rare keyboard talent that could entertain a wide verity of tastes with ease. I've known Bob for 55 years and called him my friend, and always referred to him as Uncle Bob, because he was family to me and he will be missed greatly by his friends or should I say family of musicians he loved and loved him. My deepest sympathy goes out to family and friends, God bless. R.I.P. my dear friend
I was so sad to hear of Bob’s passing. My father, James Cahill, worked for him at Boyd’s Music Center. I took guitar lessons there and will always have happy memories. I am sending hugs and prayers to the family during this most difficult time.
I am saddened by your passing Bobby Boyd, because I am Smilin Mack Carger’s daughter, I have known you since I was a little girl and you played in my Dad’s band. You Always showed such love and respect for my Dad and always expressed that he was the first person that hired you when you first started to play. The Carger family loves you, we always have
When I was a teenager I mentioned to Mr. Boyd that I was interested in big band jazz. So he showed me his record collection.... It was like going to the Smithsonian, " now this is early Jack Teagarden", best day ever!Melody, my condolences and prayers to you and your family.Colin
I never called Mr. Boyd Bob. Back in 1962, at the age of 12, I began taking accordion lessons from Mr. Boyd. To have called him by his first name was a no-no. Respect is what I showed him. I ran into him a few times these past four years and still addressed him as Mr. Boyd. I highly respected him and though he had the most patience with teaching me. Mr. Boyd left a legacy that touched so many lives. He will be missed. Condolences to the family.
Donnie, Melody & Family, Tracy & I are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Words cannot express enough how much he will be missed by all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with ya’ll in this sorrowful time of grief. God Bless you and your family. Love, Tracy & Pam
I have known Bob since my parents took me in to Boyd Music when I was in 7th grade because I had decided to attempt to learn how to play bass guitar. Bob took great care of us, helped me to pick out my first bass, beginning a friendship that has lasted over 50 years. I will miss him, his smile, and his wisdom. My condolences to Bob’s entire family. I offer this prayer for my friend Bob from the Book of Common Prayer, “Give rest, O Christ, to your servant Bob with your saints,where sorrow and pain are no more,neither sighing, but life everlasting.You only are immortal, the creator and maker of mankind; and we are mortal, formed of the earth, and to earth shall we return. For so did you ordain when you created me, saying, "You are dust, and to dust you shall return." All of us go down to the dust; yet even at the grave we make our song: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.”And what a song it will be!
We will all miss our dear friend Bob, but he lives on in the hearts of countless friends and musicians who will remember him as a LEGEND in the music industry during the decades when music was at it's best. Nobody could tickle the ivories any better and with less effort while making the most wonderful music imaginable. And just as important as our salute to his talent are the precious memories and stories which will be cherished by all of us who were lucky enough to have known and loved this wonderful man. Our best wishes of comfort go out to his family. We all look forward to seeing him again one fine day... The Trent Family.
So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful person and I feel privileged to have known him. I met my first husband at Boyd’s Music in NLR, and Bob always told me he didn’t know he was a matchmaker. He will be remembered fondly and missed very much.
I’m truly sorry to hear about your all loss Bob Boyd was fantastic man I used to his store 12th street and Siglers music store Little Rock I bought 2 Accordions from him I still have them still to this day my prayers be with you all at time Lance Hopper
I will miss you Sir, but I believe I will see you again, and greet you with "Hi Dad" like I did before.
Donnie and Melody, my family grieves with you. Between the ages of 10 and 16 I spent every Saturday afternoon at the store, with my other aspiring musician friends. Bob gave me my first “signature only” charge account when I was only 13 because he knew I had to buy guitar strings! Bob was a friend and musical mentor for the past 56 years of my life and I’ll never forget his friendship and kindness. God bless you, and all of us, who will miss him terribly.
Bob was more than a musician. He helped a lot of people with his talents.
We got acquainted with Bob at dance club and enjoyed talking to him and, of course, listening to his band. We will miss seeing his smiling face and his music. He always told Sharen that she reminded him of his sister in law. Our prayers are with his wife and the family. We will miss him.
You will be missed. Rest now, your work on earth is done. God bless you Bob.Grant and Dianne Vaughan
My friendship with Bob goes back over 50 years. I'm sure that I can't say more than what's already been said about this dear man. Bob and his wonderful store will always live in my memories. God bless you, Bob! You made many of us feel ever so welcome in your presence!
Bob and my Daddy were cousins and both musicians and loved discussing pickin. I always knew who he was but didn’t actually meet Bob until I was an adult. He was so interesting and gave me information and a book he authored about our Boyd ancestry I’m so glad I met him and got to hear him perform (such a talent) I can tell he touched a lot of lives. Prayers for peace and comfort to his sweet family God Bless you all ❤️
My friend Bob Boyd has passed away. There are so many things I could say about this wonderful man but most have already been said by others. All I can think of to add is that I will miss him immensely. His talent, his generosity, and his good will toward others will never be forgotten.
Bob always took the time to stop and chat with his music friends. His store was a gathering place for musicians. I will miss him greatly.
Bob was a cousin of my dad's Chuck Greenlee. Many happy memories of Boyd family reunions! He shared his love of music with everyone! I really enjoyed when he played at Cajun's with the Bob Boyd Happy Time Jazz Band! Heaven gained an angel!!!
My sympathies to Bob's family. Bob began teaching me accordion in 1960. He taught me banjo and accordion up to 2019. His friendship was so important to me in my life. I feel like Ive lost my best friend. He wrote music for me and added special jazz parts in the music. He appeared when many of us accordionists played the National Anthem at Travelers games for 5 years. He was the best !
I know there and a thousand of us that have stories about Bob Boyd and our relationships. I have known Bob Boyd since 1961, pre - Beatles US invasion. His original Boyd Music was not the location everyone became familiar with in the later 60s and 70s but actually further done 12th street towards Central High and next door to Little Rock Blind and Drapery company. Bob had told me the stories of how when he was selling accordion lesson working for another local music store. He would call the parents on the phone say" Mrs Jones, Have you ever thought about giving little Bobby accordion lessons? He opened his own place I think when he was 26? I was 6 and I wanted to play the guitar like Johnny Cash. My mom took me to meet Bob. Bob said "Mrs Snyder. Roger's hands are still too small to play the guitar. Bring him back next year. " I cried and was very upset. I wanted to play that guitar!. So Bob found me a little half scaled guitar that was a rent to own plan. I think it rented for something like 2 dollars a week. Man it was great! I had no idea what i was doing but I loved it! Later old, friend Joe Brandt went to work for Bob and provided me my first lessons (later Ray Bell) and then on Feb 9th, 1964 our world changed! Bob had landed reseller contracts with Gretch guitars and Vox amplifiers. This was pre Ed Sullivan Beatles in US. Bob told me as soon as the Beatles hit US soil that George Harrison was playing that Gretch guitar and the band used Vox amps. That was the start of the electric guitar and rock band explosion and Bob just happened to have those contracts! The rest of Bob and Boyd Music history is a great story of a self made made man and entrepreneur that cared about the kids and all of his customers. You were a good man Bob Boyd and I know you will be saluted by many. Perhaps a music tribute in Bobs honor is in order. Roger
Uncle Bob will be so missed. He was only 4 years older than my Daddy, and was like a big brother, rather than an uncle. They loved to reminisce about all their adventures growing up. Every time he saw daddy, he would ask him, “you been crawdad fishing lately,” and they would both laugh. It was something they enjoyed doing as boys. On the 18th of July this year, for Daddy’s 80th birthday party, we FaceTimed Uncle Bob so he could see all his nieces and nephews that were here and him and dad could visit. I’m so happy that happened. We love and miss you already Uncle Bob.
Like so many others I bought my first guitar from Mr Boyd. He will live on through the lives he touched. A genuine man of faith who walked the talk. He will be missed.
Donnie & Melody, I am so sorry for your tremendous loss! Bob was a wonderful & faithful friend to me and thousands of musicians. He will be greatly missed. In 1965, he trusted my mother and me enough to sell me (a teenager) a bass guitar and amp (worth $1,000) on credit. In 1971, my band's gear was in a Little Rock night club when it burned down. The wires in our amps and PA were melted. He had his staff repair them at no charge to us. In the 90's, I was blessed to serve with him as officers in the American Federations of Musicians. Among the many things I'll miss about him, I'll miss the way he always greeted me with his warm, friendly smile and his answer to How ya doing?, "I've never had it so good!" You and your family are on my heart and in my prayers. God Bless!
So very sad to hear of this. Mom and Kelly send their condolences as well. Prayers for Donnie and family.
So sad to hear that Bob has passed. I know he will be in heaven playing heavenly gigs. Miss you Uncle Bob. You were a big part of my family.
Bobby was my beloved cousin, my heart is broken....we just talked last week.....I will miss him terribly.....Rest in the arms of Jesus Cuz!! 💔 💔
I'm so sorry to hear about Bob's passing. My mom worked for him for 10 years. He was the best boss she ever had. I've known Bob all my life. Most of my childhood was spent hanging out at Boyd Music. He never cared how much noise I made beating on the drums or wearing out the keyboards. We loved him so much.
I have had the privilege of knowing Mr Boyd since I was 5 years old and he had his first studio teaching music on 12th street. The little studio preceded his larger studio that is more well known. God brought our paths together again through Arkansas Hospice. He was our pianist for any function requiring good music. We were able to exchange many meaningful and spiritual emails over the years. He was a kind and gentle soul and a blessing to all who met him. In our last email he informed me of his illness but still expressed concern for me. It was an honor to call him my friend. My prayers go to his family and his fellow musicians. I share your loss.Rachel Hawkins
Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.Kevin Kordsmeier, Angel Tillman & Barbara Tripp
Bob will never be forgotten. I was blessed to have him in my life and I look forward to the day when we will meet again in Heaven to sing together and play piano together. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this time.
To the family your in our prayers Mr. Boyd was a legend and a awesome southern gentleman. I loved coming to the old store when it was on 12th street just to look and plan some music.
Will be forever grateful for him playing stardust at our wedding. It made a special night perfect.
We will all miss Bob playing for our Good Shepherd Retirement Community. He was our favorite entertainer. My dad, Leroy Boyett taught guitar lessons at the Boyd Music Store on 12th street back in the 60's so I have know Bob for a long time. God bless his memory and prayers for the family.
So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers for the Boyd family. I enjoyed going to Boyd's Music Center, Mr. Boyd made you feel welcomed.