Why not add your own? Log in to add a tag. SongMeanings is a place for discussion and discovery. User does not exist. Incorrect Password. Remember Me. His father was a statewide champion fiddle player, and several of his siblings played musical instruments. In this environment, Wills learned to play the fiddle and the mandolin early. Wills not only learned traditional music from his family, he learned some blues songs directly from African American families who worked in the cotton fields near Lakeview, Texas.
As a child, he mainly interacted with African American children, learning their musical styles and dances such as jigs. Aside from his own family, he knew few other white children until Roly Poly - Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys* - The King Of Lone Star Swing (CD) was seven or eight years old.
The family moved to Hall County in the Texas Panhandle in and in they bought a farm between the towns of Lakeview, Texas and Turkey, Texas.
He drifted from town to town trying to earn a living for several years, once nearly falling from a moving train. In his 20s, he attended barber school, married his first wife Edna,  and moved first to Roy, New Mexicothen returned to Turkey in Hall County now considered his home town to work as a barber at Hamm's Barber Shop. He alternated barbering and fiddling even when he moved to Fort Worth, Texas after leaving Hall County in There he played in minstrel and medicine showsand, as with other Texas musicians such as Ocie Stockard, continued to earn money as a barber.
He wore blackface makeup to appear in comedy routines, something that was common at the time. Wills played the violin and sang, and had two guitarists and a banjo player with him.
Since there was already a Jim on the show, the manager began calling him Bob. While in Fort Worth, Wills added the "rowdy city blues" of Bessie Smith and Emmett Millerwho he idolized, to a repertoire of mainly waltzes and breakdowns he had learned from his father, and patterned his vocal style after that of Miller and other performers such as Al Bernard. Louis Blues " replicates Al Bernard 's patter from the version of the song.
She was about the greatest thing I had ever heard. In fact, there was no doubt about it. She was the greatest thing I ever heard. In Milton Brown joined the group as lead vocalist and brought a sense of innovation and experimentation to Roly Poly - Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys* - The King Of Lone Star Swing (CD) band, which became known as the Aladdin Laddies and then Roly Poly - Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys* - The King Of Lone Star Swing (CD) renamed itself the Light Crust Doughboys because of radio sponsorship by the makers of Light Crust Flour.
Brown left the band in to form the Musical Brownies, the first true Western swing band. Brown added twin fiddles, tenor banjo and slap bass, pointing the music in the direction of swing, which they played on local radio and at dancehalls. After forming a new band, The Playboys, and relocating to Waco, Texas, Wills found enough popularity there to decide on a bigger market. They left Waco in January for Oklahoma City. They also played dances in the evenings. Wills added a trumpet to the band inadvertently when he hired Everet Stover as an announcer, not knowing that he had played with the New Orleans symphony and had directed the governor's band in Austin.
Stover, thinking he had been hired as a trumpeter, began playing with the band, and Wills never stopped him. Although Wills initially disapproved of it, young saxophonist Zeb McNally was eventually hired. Wills hired the young, "modern-style musician" Smoky Dacus as a drummer to balance out the horns. He continued to expand the lineup through the mid to late s. The addition of steel guitar whiz Leon McAuliffe in March added not only a formidable instrumentalist, but also a second engaging vocalist.
Wills and the Texas Playboys did their first recordings on September 23—25,in Dallas. Session rosters from show both lead guitar and electric guitar in addition to guitar and steel guitar in the Texas Playboys recordings. The "front line" of Wills' orchestra consisted of either fiddles or guitars after In Decemberafter several band members had left the group, and as World War II raged, Wills joined the Army at the age of 37,   but received a medical discharge in He commanded enormous fees playing dances there, and began to make more creative use of electric guitars to replace the big horn sections the Tulsa band had boasted.
For a very brief period inthe Wills band included 23 members,  and around mid-year he toured Northern California and the Pacific Northwest with 21 pieces in the orchestra. According to Opry policy, drums and horns were considered pop instruments, inappropriate to country music.
Neither were allowed to use their drummers at the Opry. Wills' band at the time consisted of two fiddlers, two bass fiddles, two electric guitars, electric steel guitar, and a trumpet. Wills's then-drummer was Monte Mountjoy, who played in the Dixieland style. Wills battled Opry officials and refused to perform without his drummer. An attempt to compromise by keeping Mountjoy behind a curtain collapsed when Wills had his drums placed front and center onstage at the last minute.
InWills' dances were drawing larger crowds than dances put on by Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman. That year, he lived in Roly Poly - Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys* - The King Of Lone Star Swing (CD) Santa Monica and Fresno, California.
Many of these recordings survive today as the Tiffany Transcriptions and are available on CD. Wills and the Texas Playboys played dances throughout the West to more than 10, people every week. We sure not tryin' to take credit for swingin' it. Still a binge drinker, Wills became increasingly unreliable in the late s, causing a rift with Tommy Duncan who bore the brunt of audience anger when Wills's binges prevented him from appearing.
It ended when he fired Duncan in the fall of Having lived a lavish lifestyle in California, Wills moved back to Oklahoma City inthen went back on the road to maintain his payroll and Wills Point. Turning the club over to managers, later revealed to be dishonest, left Wills in desperate financial straits with heavy debts to the IRS Roly Poly - Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys* - The King Of Lone Star Swing (CD) back taxes.
This caused him to sell many assets, including the rights to "New San Antonio Rose". Afterradio stations began to increasingly specialize in one form or another of commercially popular music.
Although usually labelled "country and western", Wills did not fit into the style played on popular country and western stations, which typically played music in the Nashville sound. Neither did he fit into the conventional sound of pop stations, although he played a good deal of pop music. Wills continued to appear at the Bostonia Ballroom in San Diego throughout the s.
Charles R. Townsend described his drop in popularity: Bob could draw "a thousand people on Monday night between andbut he could not do that by Entertainment habits had changed.
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