The Sky Kings

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The Sky Kings
Also known asFour Wheel Drive
OriginUnited States
Years active1991–1997
LabelsRCA Nashville
Warner Bros.
Past membersJohn Cowan
Bill Lloyd
Patrick Simmons
Rusty Young

The Sky Kings was an American country music supergroup[1] formed in 1991 as Four Wheel Drive.[2] The band consisted of John Cowan, Bill Lloyd, Patrick Simmons and Rusty Young. They were signed to a recording deal with RCA Nashville and completed an album which for the label was never released.[2]

Warner Bros. Records signed the group in 1993.[2] Threatened with lawsuits from bands who had copyrighted the name Four Wheel Drive, they secured the rights to the name The Sky Kings.[2] After opening for The Doobie Brothers on their 1993 tour, Simmons left The Sky Kings to rejoin The Doobie Brothers.[2] Now a trio, The Sky Kings released three singles on Warner Bros.: "Picture Perfect," "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" and "That Just About Says It All."[3] "Picture Perfect" was the only single to chart, peaking at No. 52 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[4] An eponymous album was scheduled to be released in 1997, but eventually shelved.[5] Rhino Handmade released From Out of the Blue, an album which collected the entire unreleased 1997 Warner Bros. album, non-album Warner Bros. singles, and recordings and demos made for a second unreleased Warner Bros. album, in 2000.[5]



Title Album details
From Out of the Blue
  • Released: July 26, 2000
  • Label: Rhino Handmade


Year Single Peak chart
US Country CAN Country
1992 "I Could Get Used To This"[6] 1992
1996 "Picture Perfect" 52 84 From Out of the Blue
"Fooled Around and Fell in Love"
"That Just About Says It All"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video
1996 "Picture Perfect"


  1. ^ Music Interview with Bill Lloyd
  2. ^ a b c d e Bill Lloyd Music Archived 2007-08-12 at
  3. ^ allmusic ((( The Sky Kings > Overview )))
  4. ^ allmusic ((( The Sky Kings > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))
  5. ^ a b allmusic ((( From Out of the Blue > Overview )))
  6. ^ I Could Get Used To This (Canada 7-inch Promo Single liner notes). Sky Kings. RCA. 1992. JB-62893.

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