Bobby Hankins was originally from Edgewood, but spent a lot of time in Oelwein working at KOEL and performing around town. Did you know at one time Bobby Hankins and Andy Doll were both on the front page of the Fender catalog as endorsers right along with other big names?
You might not know it but there were a few players that worked for Bobby Hankins that went on to bigger things:
- Bobby Hicks played fiddle for Bobby before he went to Nashville and years later ended up with Ricky Skaggs.
- Billy Wayne played steel for Bobby and then went on to play for George Jones.
- Before Billy there was a fellow by the name of Hal Rugg that played for Bobby. Hal not only worked for George but because of what he played for George he ended up doing sessions in Nashville. That is Hal on “Don’t Come Home A Drinkin,” by Lorretta Lynn along with just about everything else she recorded thru the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. If you find a cut of ” One’s On The Way”, that is Hal doing the cool intro. One other thing about Hal is that he is a member of the International Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame.
Members of the Bobby Hankins Show included: Bobby Hankins, Bobby Hicks, Billy Wayne, Hal Rugg, Dixie Hankins, Al Ricchio, Lefty Schrage, Barb Schrage, Keith Thompson, and Buddy Cornwell.
Bobby started his Northeast Iowa career with the Andy Doll Band.
After his time with the Andy Doll Band, Bobby’s next band was Bobby Hankins and the Blue Boys.
The Bobby Hankins Band
Here is some internet chatter about the Bobby Hankins Band.
Bobby and Phil
Bobby at Andy Doll Reunion
Special thanks to Craig Davidson , Jamie Bailey, for their input on the Bobby Hankins Show.