Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen is an American country rock band founded in 1967. Core members included founder George Frayne IV (alias Commander Cody, born 19 July 1944, Boise City, Idaho, USA) on keyboards & vocals; Billy C. Farlow (b. Decatur, Alabama, USA) on vocals & harmonica; John Tichy (b. St. Louis, Missouri, USA) on guitar & vocals; Bill Kirchen (b. 29 January 1948, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA) on lead guitar; Andy Stein (b. 31 August 1948, New York, USA) on saxophone & fiddle; Paul "Buffalo" Bruce Barlow (b. 3 December 1948, Oxnard, California, USA) on bass guitar; Lance Dickerson (b. 15 October 1948, Livonia, Michigan, USA; d.10 November 2003 in Fairfax, CA, U.S) on drums; and Bobby Black on steel guitar.
The band’s style mixed country, rock'n'roll, Western swing, rockabilly, and jump blues together on a foundation of boogie-woogie piano. It was among the first country-rock bands to take its cues less from folk-rock and blugrass and more from barroom country of the Ernest Tubb and Ray Price style. A pioneer in incorporating Western swing into its music, the band became known for marathon live shows.