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Grace Bradley Boyd Tribute

BBorn: Brooklyn, New York, September 21, 1913
Died: Dana Point, California, September 21, 2010

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A Songwriter Remembers...

©©PineTree Productions

This picture was taken in 1995
at the Hopalong Cassidy Festival
in Cambridge, Ohio

Shown from left to right:
Frank "Junior" Coghlan (a child actor with William Boyd in silent films),
Grace Bradley Boyd (Mrs. Hopalong Cassidy)
Songwriter Roger Hall

Grace Bradley appeared in 35 Hollywood films.

Among them were major parts in TOO MUCH HARMONY (1933) and ANYTHING GOES (1936) with Bing Crosby. She also sang in OLD MAN RHYTHM (1935) and danced in THE CAT'S PAW (1934).

One of her best acting roles was in THE BIG BROADCAST OF 1938 with Bob Hope, who sang with Shirley Ross the Oscar-winning song, "Thanks for the Memory."

Grace also made several films with William Bendix.

She retired in the 1940s to travel and be with her husband, William Lawrence Boyd, who portrayed Hopalong Cassidy in 66 movies, also on radio and television.

I had the great pleasure of meeting William Boyd for a magazine shoot in 1950, and Grace Boyd at the Hopalong Cassidy Festival in 1995. Both had wonderful smiles and were very kind to me. I will always treasure meeting them and wrote about them in a multi-media book on computer disc, with music and many pictures, "Following the Stars."

In 2010, I wrote a new song about William and Grace Bradley Boyd...

 

"The Angels Handed Me A Rose"
(Hoppy's Song For Grace)

©©PineTree Music 2010

 

Here are the lyrics to this song:

I made a wish and you came true.
I closed my eyes and prayed for you.
A four leaf clover in my hand.
No more am I a lonely man.

You are the key to my happiness,
With your loving ways and gentle kiss.
Time has no meaning for me now,
A rainbow’s peace guides our vow.

For me the sun shines everyday,
In your eyes I melt away.
Forever love is in my life,
Everyday since you became my wife.

(Chorus)
Love was a word that made me blue.
In a world of dreams that never came true.
Now romance is a sweet perfume,
For the angels handed me a rose
The day that I met you.


©© Lyrics: Susie Coffman
from her book, Follow Your Stars (2005)

I sang this song at the 20th anniversary of the Hopalong Cassidy Festival
in Cambridge, Ohio in 2010.

This song is dedicated in loving memory of Grace Bradley Boyd,
a beautiful and gracious lady.

For me, she will always remain the beloved and beautiful "Mrs. Hopalong Cassidy."

--Roger Hall

On this CD is an instrumental version of

"The Angels Handed Me A Rose
(Hoppy's Song For Grace)

For more about this "Gentle Peace" CD,

CLICK HERE

 

 

 

 

 


Picture Gallery

Grace Bradley Boyd and William Lawrence Boyd
(Mrs. and Mr. Hopalong Cassidy)

 

Their Wedding Day - June 5, 1937

Grace Bradley married William Boyd on his 42nd birthday.
They remained married until his death in 1972.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 




Books about Grace Bradley Boyd


Read the review of the highly recommended book
co-written by Grace Bradley Boyd and Michael Cochran

Hopalong Cassidy: An American Legend

 

 

Read Roger Hall's memories of William Boyd
and Grace Bradley Boyd in an
illustrated book with many pictures, music examples and more!

"Following the Stars"
Music & Memories of Hopalong Cassidy






 

A Conversation with Grace Bradley Boyd
is included in this book,

Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy

 

 

 

Other links

 

 

Hopalong Cassidy Songs

"Back in the Saddle Again" - Cowboy Songs Corral Round-Up

Cowboy Songs Corral - B-western singers, songwriters and film stars

Grace Bradley Remembered - with lots of wonderful pictures from her life and career.

 

 


 

 


 

 

Hopalong Cassidy Music (Home page)

 


 

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