B. G. Ramblers


Toledo, 1963-9

Depending on who or when it's asked, the BG in the BG Ramblers stood for Bowling Green or Blue Green or....This band formed in the big explosion of Toledo bands in the early 1960s. The band band members included Billy Price on guitar, Bob Koons on drums, John Ahlfors, Jerry Ahlfors, Pete Mousoulias, and others TBD. The band had six or seven members, including two saxes and a trumpet . Prior to the BG Ramblers, Billy Price was in the Biscaynes. 

The band started out playing the Toledo and Detroit nightclubs, but they were mainly known for travelling the US and  having several residencies. In February of 1964 they were in Miami Beach at the same time the Beatles were there peforming on Ed Sullivan and had a picture taken with them. During 1966-1968 they played extended periods at Goose Bay in Labador where the main audience were soldiers from a local Air Force base. Tha band played other USAF related clubs in other cities, along with stays in Jacksonville, FL and Indianapolis.

The band recorded three 45s during their existence, the first two were club band type sounds, while on the last 45 they were backing Connie Little (Ruby Starr) which led to the formation of the band Ruby Jones including a couple former members of the BG Ramblers. The first and last 45s were released on the band's own labels, while the M label was based out of Fort Wayne, IN, another city where they band often played. 

The band broke up in 1969. Bob Koons, John Ahlfors, Jerry Ahlfors are deceased.

Discography:
Exit Stage Left / Hey Mr. Popeye - Sparkel 1297, 1963
Get A Little Closer / Those Little Brown Eyes - M 1277, 1965
Don't Mess With Cupid / Bad Girl - Rambo IV